Knowledge Identifier: +Mike_Todd
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1909.
Countries: United States (68%), France (7%), Italy (4%)
Linked to: University Press of Mississippi
At age seventeen, Todd married Bertha Freshman in Crown Point, Indiana, on Valentine's Day 1927
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
In 1945, Todd floated the idea of holding the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in newly-liberated Berlin
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
The following year, Todd married actress Joan Blondell on July 5, 1947
Joan Blondell - On July 5, 1947, Blondell married her third husband, producer Mike Todd, whom she divorced in 1950
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
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
The bag and coffin had been sealed in Albuquerque, New Mexico after Todd's remains were identified following the 1958 crash