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In the late twenties and early thirties, Thelma Todd was one of the most prominent actresses in Hollywood, appearing in nearly 120 films and acting alongside such comedy legends as the Marx Brothers and Laurel & Hardy. However, her life came to a sudden end on the morning of December 16, 1935 when the 29-year old Todd was found dead inside her car of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. Her vehicle was located inside a Pacific Palisades garage belonging to Jewel Carmen, the wife of director Roland West, whom Todd was romantically involved with.

The death was initially ruled an accident and later changed to suicide, but there was nothing to indicate that Todd was suicidal and there were a lot of suspicious elements to suggest foul play. She appeared to a have a broken nose and other injuries, and blood was also found on her face and dress, leading to the belief that she may have been knocked unconscious and placed in the car before it was started. Roland West was known to be very controlling and possessive of Todd and allegedly gave a deathbed confession implicating himself in her death, but this was never officially confirmed. Mobster Lucky Luciano and an abusive ex-boyfriend of Todd's were also looked at as possible suspects, but unfortunately, since Todd's body was cremated, a more thorough autopsy could not be performed. Her suspicious death remains one of Hollywood's biggest mysteries.

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Did you know that Richard Farnsworth, who played sweet Matthew Cuthbert in the beloved ‘80s Anne of Green Gables miniseries killed himself at the age of 80? He had been suffering with painful cancer and shot himself on his ranch. Many celebrities, whether they're A-listers or long-forgotten screen stars, had seriously crazy, sometimes shocking deaths. Wanna get creepy with me? Of course you do.

No one knows for sure exactly what happened the night Natalie Wood drowned. Wood was out on her boat with husband Robert Wagner and friend Christopher Walken and may have argued with Wagner before leaving the boat in a small dinghy. Wood had a fear of water her whole life, which makes it doubly sad that she eventually died by drowning. The details of the case are still murky. (All three main cast members of the classic Rebel without a Cause died young: Wood, James Dean, and Sal Mineo.)

Jayne Mansfield is killed instantly when the car in which she is riding strikes the rear of a trailer truck on Interstate-90 east of New Orleans, Louisiana. On a dark stretch of road, just as the truck was approaching a machine emitting a thick white fog used to spray mosquitoes (which may have obscured it from Harrison's view), the Electra hit the trailer-truck from behind. This brainy blonde bombshell and mother of Mariska Hargitay was not decapitated in the car accident that took her life, though that's the popular rumor. Rather, she and three others were killed instantly, though Jayne's sleeping children in the backseat were barely bruised. The decapitation rumor stemmed from Jayne's blonde wig, which flew off.

Ramon Novarro, an old-Hollywood star was murdered in his home on Halloween eve by two brothers, Paul and Tom Ferguson, 22 and 17, he'd called over for homosexual sex acts which were illegal in California at that time – and would remain so until 1976.. The two brutally beat him, and he choked to death on his own blood. They tried to arrange the crime scene to look as though a woman, disgruntled over Navarro's homosexuality, had killed him in disgust. The two had come looking for money, but found only $42. Tom Ferguson's defense attorney, Richard Walton, also placed the blame on Novarro, referring to the fact that although Novarro was known as an ardent Catholic, Tom Ferguson was a minor when he was invited to the actor's home.

A regular fixture on the Hollywood party scene in those days was a young Mexican actress named Lupe Vélez, who embodied the mood of the era. Romantic disappointments and a personal crisis, exasperated by what has since been thought to be an undiagnosed bipolar disorder, spelled out disaster for Vélez. Pregnant and abandoned by her final lover, the staunchly catholic Vélez saw no way out but to end her own life at the age of 36. Following what would transpire to be a final dinner at her home with friends, Vélez The actress attempted to kill herself with pills. However, she felt nauseous and went to the bathroom to vomit, where she slipped and fell headfirst into the toilet. She drowned there and wasn't discovered until the next day by her maid. Other biographers refute the claim as not just distasteful, but untrue.

As a promising actress, Peg Entwistle gained only moderate fame, but her ghost has become the stuff of Hollywood legend. After a bout of heavy drinking fueled by her depression and despair, 24-year-old Peg Entwistle told her uncle (with whom she was living) that she was going to meet some friends at a local drug store. Instead, she made her way to the Hollywood sign to meet her fate. Peg Entwistle ended her life by jumping off the “H” of the Hollywood sign in 1932. She wasn't getting the kind of roles she thought she would, so in despair she killed herself. The cause of death was officially multiple pelvis fractures. “If I had done this a long time ago,” read her suicide note, “I would have saved a lot of pain.”The ghost stories first appeared in the 1940s after the same “H” from which Entwistle jumped mysteriously toppled over, fueling the rumors that her ghost haunted the landmark. Throughout the years, many Griffith Park Rangers have claimed to see “the ghost of the Hollywood sign,” especially on foggy nights. According to legend, the ghost is typically accompanied by the same smell of gardenias. It's reportedly the scent of Entwistle's favorite perfume. While Peg Entwistle's life ended that day in the Hollywood hills, her restless spirit apparently still lingers.

Dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcaps of her open car. Duncan lived a self-consciously bohemian, eccentric life offstage as well: She was a feminist and a Darwinist, an advocate of free love and a Communist. (For this, her American citizenship was revoked in the early 1920s.) Meanwhile, her life was a tragic one, especially when it came to automobiles: In 1913, her two small children drowned when the car they were riding in plunged over a bridge and into the Seine in Paris, and Duncan herself was seriously injured in car accidents in 1913 and 1924. On the day she died, Duncan was a passenger in a brand-new convertible sportscar that she was learning to drive. The mother of modern dance died when one of her trademark scarves got caught in a car wheel and strangled her. She was nearly decapitated from the force.

One of the first silent movie stars, Lawrence was the face of Biograph and referred to as the “Biograph Girl.” However, her star began to fade and she couldn't handle being replaced. While other silent movie stars such as Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin began to eclipse her fame, Lawrence suffered serious injuries while filming a fire stunt in 1915. The accident derailed her career. She was racked with pain and bed-ridden for months at a time. Her marriage fell apart. The first movie star also became the first screen idol to learn how quickly the bright spotlight of fame can be extinguished. Her last screen role came in a small part in the 1936 romantic comedy “One Rainy Afternoon.” While playing bit parts with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $75 a week, she began to suffer from an incurable rare bone marrow disease that left her anemic and depressed. Like those of too many Hollywood stars to come, Lawrence's life came to a sad conclusion. Three days after Christmas in 1938, she downed a lethal cocktail of cough syrup and poisonous ant paste. “I am tired. Hope this works,” read her suicide note.



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