- Category : Entertain-Business-Director
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (20,30)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Education 1
American movie producer of Broadway plays and TV and the owner of TV production companies. After trying his hand in Broadway plays beginning in 1936, he moved onward to the film business in 1945, forming Michael Todd Productions. In 1951 he partnered with Lowell Thomas for Thomas-Todd Productions and became one of the original partners of the Cinerama corporation. Selling his shares in 1953 and becoming partners with TV mogul Joseph M. Schenck, they started the Magna Corporation. Their first production, "Oklahoma" became an instant success but nothing compared to the notoriety and star-studded spectacle of "Around the World in Eighty Days," for which he won an Oscar. Enroute to a dinner of the National Association of Theater Owners in which he would be named "Showman of the Year," his plane crashed in New Mexico and all aboard were killed at 2:05 on 22 March 1958. His plane was named "The Lucky Liz" after his wife, film star Elizabeth Taylor.
He married Taylor in 1957, her third marriage; they had one daughter, Liza.