Her body is slumped over in the front seat of her car, her signature blonde curls disheveled. In death, 29-year-old Thelma Todd doesn’t look like the Hollywood star that she once was. And though it initially seems like she has died accidentally, something far more sinister may have befallen the beloved actress.

Thelma Todd apparently hadn’t dreamed of making it in Hollywood. Instead, the Massachusetts native had wanted to become a teacher. She got good enough grades to enroll in the Lowell Normal School, which is today known as the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. But she wasn’t to stay there for long.

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