The daughter of a copper miner, Walsh at the age of six was taken in and raised by Mrs. Mae Walsh. She started dancing lessons at that time and later moved to Los Angeles where she was a stage actress and dancer with the Franchon & Marco players. Walsh toured with 'Hollywood Scandals' prior to becoming a Hollywood scandal. Walsh died following an 'illegal' operation by two Glendale, California doctors. The doctors accused of performing the fatal operation, were arraigned and released on $15,000 bail each. Actresses Mildred Harris and Natalie Joyce were both questioned regarding the death as they were friends of the deceased. Walsh, a heavy drinker, and a number of movie personalities had attended a party in Hollywood after which she and another actress were taken via plane to San Francisco for a party in her honor. Upon her return to Los Angeles, she underwent the surgery that claimed her life. While on her deathbed, she named Drs. Traxler and Lanterman as the men responsible. Traxler and Lanterman were charged with murder on May 6, 1929. Both doctors were acquitted by a superior court jury in September of 1929. The defense presented evidence to show that the doctors treated Walsh after she attempted to operate on herself. At the time, Dr. Traxler's medical license was revoked. Interesting note: Lanterman had a number of run-ins with the law prior to his death in 1948. He resigned as coroner in 1908 only to be indicted on charges of submitting fraudulent travel expenses to the Board of Supervisors. In 1916 he was charged with performing an abortion on a seventeen year old woman and in 1917 was charged with performing a fatal abortion on Regina Evans of San Francisco and in 1918 he was accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Los Angeles. Lanterman died in 1948 at his home, 4420 Encinas Drive in La Canada, California. In 1985, Lanterman's mansion was turned into La Canada's city hall.
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