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Frank Sinatra and the Mob.

April 6, 2016 // 6 Comments

  It would most likely surprise fans of Frank Sinatra to learn that at his birth in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915 he weighed an enormous 13.5 lbs! He would, however, grow up to be a very slight 5’7” (1.7m). His forceps delivery left a permanent scar on his face and damaged an eardrum, the latter injury keeping him out of the services during World War Two. His non-participation in [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Who killed funnyman Ted Healy?

December 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Wallace Beery won the Oscar in 1931-2 for The Champ, even though he actually scored one less vote than Fredric March that year. The rules of the previous year awarded Oscars to performers who finished within three votes of the winner. Presenter Conrad Nagel, unaware that the regulations had been changed, incorrectly called for another Oscar for Beery without conferring with Academy [...]

Thelma Todd’s death – maybe murder after all?

July 4, 2015 // 14 Comments

      I wrote a month or two ago about the death of actress Thelma Todd in 1935. Based on police and coroner’s reports, I chose to believe she died by accident. Since then, however, I have delved into the case more closely and I am now ready to accept that a monumental cover-up may have taken place. My change of opinion centres on two vital issues: a) the official time of death, [...]

Thelma Todd – murder, accident or suicide?

April 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Thelma Todd Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA in 1906.   Hollywood’s rather lame penchant for giving its stars silly nicknames, (especially the females), resulted in this very likeable comedienne being labelled ‘the Ice-cream Blonde’ throughout her career in the 20s and 30s. Originally, she had intentions of becoming a schoolteacher, but her mother pushed her into [...]