Olive Thomas

Olive Thomas

Original Name Olive R. Duffy
Charleroi, Washington County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 10 Sep 1920 (aged 25)
Neuilly-sur-Marne, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France
Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Plot Wintergreen Plot, Section 108/121
Memorial ID 3714 · View Source
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Actress. Born Olivia Duffy in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, she began posing for famous artists such as Harrison Fisher and Howard Chandler Christy. She was then introduced to dancer Florenz Ziegfield which led to wide acclaim on Broadway theatre, where she then changed her name to Olive Thomas, Thomas being the last name of the man she married which ended in divorce in 1915. Olive's notoriety with Ziegfield landed her a movie contract with International Film Company in 1916. In March of that year, she met actor Jack Pickford at a dance on the Santa Monica pier. They were married in October 1916. She would continue making films, signing with the Triangle Film Corporation in 1917. She and Pickford would often be separated by their careers and their marriage appeared rocky at times. After over a year of making motion pictures together in California, the couple sailed from New York City, New York to Paris, France on August 12, 1920 for a planned second honeymoon. On the evening of September 9, they went out on the town, not returning to their room until after 3am. Olive then took a large quantity of mercury bichloride which had been prescribed to Pickford, and died soon afterwards. Her remains were returned to the United States for burial.

Bio by: Marta Monk

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