Olive Thomas

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Olive Thomas
Olive Thomas 4.jpg
Thomas circa 1920
Olive R. Duffy

(1894-10-20)October 20, 1894
DiedSeptember 10, 1920(1920-09-10) (aged 25)
Cause of deathAcute nephritis caused by accidental poisoning
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery
Other namesOlive Elain Duffy, Ollie
OccupationActress, model
Years active1916–1920
Bernard Krug Thomas
(m. 1911; div. 1913)

Jack Pickford (m. 1916–1920)

Olive Thomas (October 20, 1894 – September 10, 1920) was an American silent movie actress and model. Her first movie, Madcap Madge, was released in June 1917. Thomas' popularity at movie studios grew with performances in Indiscreet Corrine (1917) and Limousine Life (1918).

On September 10, 1920, Thomas died of acute nephritis in Paris five days after consuming mercury bichloride.[1] Although her death was ruled accidental.[2] Thomas' death has been called as one of the first heavily publicized Hollywood scandals.

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  1. "Olive Thomas' Death Declared An Accident". The Vancouver Sun. September 14, 1920. p. 1. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  2. "Denies Olive Thomas Suicide". The Milwaukee Journal. September 26, 1920. Retrieved November 25, 2012.

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