Mike Todd

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Mike Todd

American theatre and film producer, best known for his 1956 production of Around the World in Eighty Days, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1909.

Countries: United States (68%), France (7%), Italy (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Around the World in 80 Days (1956 film), David Niven, Cole Porter

Linked to: University Press of Mississippi

 

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Mike Todd was born in 1909 add something

 

"'Michael Todd"' was an American theatre and film producer, best known for his 1956 production of "Around the World in 80 Days", which won an Academy Award for Best Picture add something


1927

At age seventeen, Todd married Bertha Freshman in Crown Point, Indiana, on Valentine's Day 1927 add something


1929

In 1929, she bore him a son, Mike Todd, Jr. A turning point came for Todd when his father died in 1931; Avrom Goldbogen made the decision to change his name to Mike Todd the same day add something


1939

After seeing the Federal Theatre Project's Chicago run of The Swing Mikado, an adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta "The Mikado" with an all African-American cast conceived by Harry Minturn, Todd decided to do his own version on Broadway, The Hot Mikado, despite protests by the FTP. "The Hot Mikado", starring Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, opened on Broadway March 23, 1939 add something

 

Urylee Leonardos - Leonardos appeared in Mike Todd's "Gay New Orleans" revue at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City


1942

Gypsy Rose Lee - But her acting was generally panned, so she returned to New York City where she had an affair with film producer Michael Todd and co-produced and appeared in his 1942 musical revue "Star and Garter"

 

Gypsy Rose Lee - Gypsy was at one time in love with Michael Todd and in 1942, in an attempt to make him jealous, she married William Alexander Kirkland; they divorced in 1944


1943

Ethel Merman - In 1943, Merman was a featured performer in the film "Stage Door Canteen" and opened in another Porter musical, "Something for the Boys", produced by Michael Todd

 

Betty Garrett - It closed after only eight performances, but producer Mike Todd saw it and signed her to understudy Ethel Merman and play a small role in the 1943 Cole Porter musical "Something for the Boys"


1945

In 1945, Todd floated the idea of holding the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in newly-liberated Berlin add something

 

Noah Beery, Sr. - In 1945 he returned to New York City to star in the Mike Todd Broadway production of "Up in Central Park"


1946

Orson Welles - In the summer of 1946, Welles directed a musical stage version of Around the World in Eighty Days, with a comedic and ironic rewriting of the Jules Verne novel by Welles, incidental music and songs by Cole Porter, and production by Mike Todd, who would later produce the successful film version with David Niven.

 

The Lady from Shanghai - In the summer of 1946, Welles was directing a musical stage version of "Around the World in Eighty Days", with a comedic and ironic rewriting of the Jules Verne novel by Welles, incidental music and songs by Cole Porter, and production by Mike Todd, who would later produce the successful film version with David Niven


1947

The following year, Todd married actress Joan Blondell on July 5, 1947 add something

 

Joan Blondell - On July 5, 1947, Blondell married her third husband, producer Mike Todd, whom she divorced in 1950


1950

In 1950, Mike Todd formed Cinerama with the broadcaster Lowell Thomas and the inventor Fred Waller add something

 

Decca Records - During the 1950s, American Decca released a number of soundtrack recordings of popular motion pictures, notably Mike Todd's production of "Around the World in Eighty Days" with the music of veteran film composer Victor Young


1952

In 1952, Todd made a production of the Johann Strauss II operetta "A Night in Venice", complete with floating gondolas at the then-newly constructed Jones Beach Theatre in Long Island, New York add something

 

The first Cinerama feature, "This is Cinerama", was released in September 1952 add something

 

Ampex - In 1952, Ampex was approached by movie producer Mike Todd, who wanted to develop a high fidelity movie sound system using sound magnetically recorded on the film


1956

Todd later produced the film for which he is best remembered, "Michael Todd's Around the World in 80 Days", which debuted in cinemas on 17 October 1956 add something

 

Van Williams - A diving instructor in Hawaii in 1956, Williams was discovered there in 1957 by producer Mike Todd, who urged him to come to Hollywood to try his hand at acting

 

Edward R. Murrow - In 1956, Murrow took time to appear as the on-screen narrator of a special prologue for Michael Todd's epic production, "Around the World in 80 Days"

 

David Niven - Niven enjoyed success in 1956, when he starred as Phileas Fogg in Michael Todd's immensely successful production of "Around the World in 80 Days"

 

Around the World in 80 Days (1956 film) - "'Around the World in 80 Days"' is a 1956 adventure film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists


 

In 1957, "Around the World in 80 Days" won the Best Picture Academy award add something

 

The couple exchanged vows on February 2, 1957 add something

 

Todd and Taylor had a daughter, Elizabeth Frances Todd, who was born on August 6, 1957 add something


1958

The bag and coffin had been sealed in Albuquerque, New Mexico after Todd's remains were identified following the 1958 crash add something


Mike Todd died in 1958 add something

 

On March 22, 1958, Todd's private plane "Lucky Liz" crashed near Grants, New Mexico add something


1960

A William Woolfolk novel from the early 1960s, entitled "My Name Is Morgan", was considered to be loosely based on Todd's life and career add something


1976

Around the World in 80 Days (1956 film) - Around 1976, after its last network television broadcast on CBS, UA lost control of the film to Elizabeth Taylor, the widow of producer Michael Todd and who had inherited a portion of Todd's estate


1977

In June 1977, Todd's remains were desecrated by graverobbers add something