Copyright © Ruby's Musings
Design by Dzignine

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Spine Tingling Tuesdays : Thelma Todd

*images located via google image search
October is my favorite month of the year. I adore all the all hallows eve decorations, ghost stories that come to light once more, spooky movies from day's gone by ....and so in the spirit of the month I adore most, I thought I might share a few famous stars and starlets who are known to still walk the earth, but in a ghostly form. This Tuesday's featured star will be Thelma Todd. 

Thelma Todd – A popular young star in the 1930’s, Todd was featured in a number of hit comedies with The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy. During the height of her stardom, she opened a restaurant called Thelma Todd’s Sidewalk Café and lived in a luxurious apartment above the restaurant. In 1935 her success came to an untimely end when she was found in her car at the garage of the Sidewalk Café. Killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, her death was ruled an accidental suicide. Today, the building that once housed the café near the ocean on Roosevelt Highway is owned by Paulist Productions. Employees have reported Todd’s ghostly image descending the stairs. * via

The Todd Stairs
The Cafe off of Sunset Blvd.
view from the cafe

Warning Graphic Photo....
Rumors are that Lucky Luciano may have had a hand at her demise.There is another story that there was a death bed confession by Rolland West that it was an accident, he had shut the doors to the garage without knowing she was there. So was it a suicide, an accident or was it indeed murder???
Will dear Thelma ever rest in peace? Or will she ever wonder up and down the area near her former cafe?

For more about Thelma Todd, her life and her death click the links...

Movie made about Thelma and her death LINK


  1. she is great in fra diavolo ! what a girl !!

  2. About 15 years ago I was driving south down PCH and came to a red light in front of what I later found out to be the location of Thelma's Roadside Cafe. As I was stopped, I glanced at the building on my left. I immediately got a strong image of a blonde starlet same color hair as Marilyn Monroe's. The word murdered kept popping into my head. Light changed to green and I moved on. I just dismissed it to my imagination until a few months later when I was flipping the TV channels and caught an episode of a show called True Hollywood Mysteries. The narrator was standing in front of that same building telling the story of Thelma Todd and...she was blond like I had seen! Freaked me out. Don't know how to explain it other than maybe it was some energy I picked up on. It was the first time I had ever heard of her. I'm writing his because I'm thinking it is important for her to let it be known it was a murder. I just hope she moves on and finds peace.

  3. What a tale to tell. After watching films, the tv show you mentioned and all that I have read, I am with you, I believe she was is a shame it will never be proven.


Simply adore all your comments! Thank you so kindly for leaving one! They mean the world to me...more than you know! I love hearing from my readers. XOXO Comments will not appear until I approve them, due to spam bots.