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Michael Todd (real name Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen) (June 22, 1907 or 19091 - March 22, 1958) was an American film producer who is best known for his production of Around the World in Eighty Days 1956, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. June 22 is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 192 days remaining. ... 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in Leap years). ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Around the World in Eighty Days is a 1956 movie based on the novel of the same name by Jules Verne. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ...

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Life

He was born Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen in Minneapolis, to an Orthodox rabbi, Chaim Goldbogen, and Sophia Hellerman, both Polish Jewish immigrants. Todd was one of nine children in a poor family. His siblings gave him a surname, Toat, for his difficulty to pronounce the word coat. This article is about the city in Minnesota. ... // The word Jew (Hebrew: יהודי transliterated: Yehudi) is used in many ways, but generally refers to a follower of Judaism, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity; and often a combination of these attributes. ...


Mike Todd didn't like school except for the play (The Mikado, by W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan) that he produced in his class which turned out to be a hit. Not long after moving to Chicago, still in elementary school, he was expelled from sixth grade class for running a game of crap inside the school showing his orientation towards making money. Later on, in high school, he decided to drop out to pursue a career though his inexperience led him into jobs as unqualified as pharmacist, shoe salesman and store window decorator. Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (November 18, 1836 – May 29, 1911) was a British dramatist and librettist best known for his operatic collaborations with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. ... Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (May 13, 1842 – November 22, 1900) was a British composer best known for his operatic collaborations with librettist William S. Gilbert. ... ... Crap, depending on ones perspective, is either a slang or vulgar term, referring to fecal matter. ...


At 17 years of age, Todd married Bertha Freshman on Valentine's Day 1927 with which he had a child named Mike Todd Jr. in 1935. Then after, he took a new wife in actress Joan Blondell in Las Vegas on July 5, 1947; they divorced in Las Vegas on June 8, 1950 out of a relationship based on abuse and extortion by Todd. He married again to actress Elizabeth Taylor on February 2, 1957, and they had a daughter, Elizabeth Frances (Liza) Todd, a sculptress born on August 5, 1957. Valentines Day postcard, c. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Blondell in Nightmare Alley (1947 movie) Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 - December 25, 1979) was an American actress. ... Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign just to the south of the Las Vegas Strip welcoming visitors to the city Nickname: The Entertainment Capital of the World Motto: {{{motto}}} Official website: http://www. ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Elizabeth Taylor Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (born 27 February 1932) is an iconic Academy Award-winning English-American actress. ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ...


Todd died in an airplane crash with his private plane, Lucky Liz, in Grants, New Mexico in 1958. He is buried in Chicago, his native place, at Beth Aaron Cemetery #66. Grants is a city located in Cibola County, New Mexico. ...


Work

His early career started in the construction business where he made a fortune and almost lost everything. The 1939-40 New York World's Fair brought him into the world of showbusiness, performing an act in which he burned part of the costume of a fairy dancer with gas jets, that left her looking naked. The 1939 New York Worlds Fair, located where Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is now (and where the 1964 New York Worlds Fair was held), was one of the largest worlds fairs of all time. ...


Todd's next few business moves and investments, though really assured of success failed and left him bankrupt many times.


In the 50s, Mike Todd decided to found a film company called Cinerama which would replace the old filming technology with a new idea. This meant that the projection would be on screens as large as the human's field of vision. This initiative was brought to the public on September 1952. After seeing the limits of his technology and the separation that was visible on the superimposed images on-screen, Todd, with the help of his son, went to Brian O'Brien. Thereafter signing a contract with American Optical Company which led to the creation of the Todd-AO technology. With this new technology in hand he opened with broadway musical Oklahoma! in 1955 which was an instant success. He then attacked a 6M$ movie by the name of Around the World in Eighty Days which debuted in cinemas on October 17, 1956, earned him 16M$ and raised him to the top of the movie business. Todd succeeded with another Todd-AO camera filmed movie South Pacific in 1957. The same year, his newly created technology earned him an Academy Award for South Pacific. The original Cinerama system is a widescreen process which works by simultaneously projecting images from three synchronized 35 mm projectors onto a huge, deeply-curved screen, subtending 146º of arc. ... September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with 30 days. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Todd-AO was a widescreen film format developed in the mid 1950s. ... Oklahoma! (1943) was the first musical play written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, working together. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Around the World in Eighty Days is a 1956 movie based on the novel of the same name by Jules Verne. ... October 17 is the 290th (in leap years the 291st) day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Personality

Self-assured and on top of his business, Todd was always sure of himself and showed it to others. Throughout gambling problems and bankruptcy, Todd continually demonstrated a rich attitude and somebody that was at ease in life. Women were at ease in his presence and so was Todd, moreover with his charming attitude.


References

  • ISBN: 0304362263
  • ISBN: 0195162552
  • ISBN: 0802137695

Footnote

1. Sources give it 1907 or 1909 so if somebody knows better just change it.



Preceded by:
Michael Wilding
Husbands of
Elizabeth Taylor
Followed by:
Eddie Fisher

Michael Wilding (July 23, 1912 – July 8, 1979) was a English actor. ... Elizabeth Taylor Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (born 27 February 1932) is an iconic Academy Award-winning English-American actress. ... Eddie Fisher (born August 10, 1928) is an American singer and entertainer. ...

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Mike Todd - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (651 words)
Mike Todd was raised in a poor family of nine.
Todd died in an airplane crash with his private plane, Lucky Liz, in Grants, New Mexico in 1958.
In the 50s, Mike Todd decided to found a film company called Cinerama which would replace the old filming technology with a new idea.
Mike Lowell (781 words)
Todd and Mike first met while opening and subsequently becoming Student Managers of the new B-W campus facility, the Student Activities Center - or the S.A.C. Todd and Mike were the in-house DJs - the SAC Attack DJs as coined by former boss and now Dean Ralph Carapellotti.
After graduation from B-W, Mike worked for the summer over night in the College Union building and was able to sneak up to the station before Todd and Brian arrived for the morning show and power up the station for broadcast as well as do the early 6:30 AM news for them.
Mike, Todd and Brian remained in contact and when Brian and Todd started up Running Late, The Original, Mike was asked to stop in here and there to do news and just talk.
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