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The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd Hardcover – November 1, 2015
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The gorgeous blonde? I was to find out years later that she was Thelma Todd and that she had died young under questionable circumstances. Since then I have read articles and at least one other book that have floated theories about how the voluptuous and talented Thelma died.
I enjoyed this book because it adds dimension to Todd and her career and provides a life story as well as a sad ending. The author Michelle Morgan has done a remarkable job researching her subject and leaving her reader with enough 'what ifs' about Todf's career and he potential professionally. I am a researcher and professional librarian and love the depth of Morgan's work and how she has constructed a great story that is neither dry or insignificant. This story resurrects a woman who died almost 80 years ago and makes her story seem fresh and interesting. I found myself missing her comedy work as well as her appearances, though brief, in Films like Bohemian Gir, Mary Stevens M.D., and Corsair to name a few. In death, Morgan deals with inconsistencies and theories and offers up her own detective work. Respectful and thorough, this book will satisfy anyone's need for old Hollysoox and a puzzling mystery. Great book and an easily read one.
It provides the nuts and bolts to her Hollywood story. Meantime, its unlikely any 21st century biographer will flesh out all her story's details. To do so one must ask, "Why?" It's true she's popular and fun and interesting, but seriously, she isn't important. Let some sleeping dogs lie and enjoy this well-researched and easily read book.
This is THE book to read---not Andy Edmonds' "Hot Toddy," which is thoroughly disgraceful regarding its outrageous speculations.
Respectful, well balance and unbiased are they adjectives I would choose to describe "The Ice Cream Blonde."
There is one issue that Morgan falls down on: she continually heaps cudos on Todd for her talent, her innate comedic sense, her intelligence and wit. Please, don't tell me, show me. She doesn't. I'm unconvinced of her great talent. I think many others are too.
Author presents the various theories about the true circumstances of Thelma Todd's mysterious and untimely death without being judgmental — she lets the reader decide.
Interesting follow-up info about what happened to the folks involved in this event and its investigation.
Unless you are a fan of Thelma Todd, not worth reading in my opinion. The star is for research thoroughness.