Olive Thomas was an American silent-film actress, art model and photo model. Thomas began her career as an illustrator’s model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. During her time as a Ziegfeld girl, she also appeared in the more risqué show The Midnight Frolic. In 1916, she began a successful career in silent films and would appear in more than 20 features over the course of her four-year film career. That year she also married actor Jack Pickford, the younger brother of fellow silent-film star Mary Pickford. On September 10, 1920, Thomas died in Paris five days after ingesting her husband’s syphillis medication, mercury bichloride, that brought on acute nephritis. Although her death was ruled accidental, news of her hospitalization and subsequent death were the subject of speculation in the press. Thomas’ death has been cited as one of the first heavily publicized Hollywood scandals.
|Born:||Oliva R. Duffy, October 20, 1894, Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Died:||September 10, 1920, Paris, France|
|Cause of death:||Acute nephritis caused by accidental poisoning|
|Resting place:||Woodlawn Cemetery|
|Other names:||Oliveretta Elaine Duffy, Olive Elain Duffy, Ollie|
|Occupation:||Actress, art model, photo model|
About Olive Thomas
American silent film actress and model who played the role of Toton in the 1919 film Toton the Apache. She appeared in over twenty silent films during her short, four year acting career.
She worked as a clerk at Kaufmann’s department store in Pittsburgh and later won the title of “The Most Beautiful Girl in New York City” in a 1914 contest.
She died of acute nephritis due to accidental poisoning after she ingested mercury bichloride in Paris.
She was married twice. Her second husband was actor Jack Pickford.
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