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Mike Todd's Final Resting Place

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Ken Dubin Date: 1 January 2006
Mike Todd's grave, April 2005. Image by Ken Durbin

The reason Mike Todd and members from his family were buried in Forest Park, Illinois was because jews who lived in the City of Chicago back then were not allowed to be buried in the city and were buried in Forest Park which is not to far from the City of Chicago but back then was mostly prairie and with poor transportation seemed to be quite a distance away. I don't believe Mike Todd was living in Chicago at that time but at one time he was and Family members were still living there.
Further in 70mm reading:

Mike Todd, Jr.

Mike Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days" in Todd-AO

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Forrest Park History

Chicago News

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Jewish Waldheim Cemetery
1400 Desplaines Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130, USA

Mike Todd's remains was moved to an undisclosed location after his grave was vandalized 1977.


Mike Todd, producer of theater and film and third husband of Elizabeth Taylor, and second husband of Joan Blondell was buried in Forest Park’s Jewish Beth Aaron Cemetery in March, 1958. His widow, Miss Taylor is alleged to come every year in March to visit his grave. Whether true or not, fresh flowers mysteriously appear on his grave every anniversary of his death. He was buried under his original name, Avrom Goldbogen, in one of the largest funerals Forest Park has ever seen.

An unusual and bizarre event occurred which made national news when it was discovered in June 1977 that the grave of Michael Todd, flamboyant showman, had been dug up. He had been buried in the small Jewish Cemetery, Congregation Beth Aaron. Mike Todd, at the time of his death in an air crash on 22 March 1958 was the 3rd husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor who visited the gravesite only a few days before the robbery. A body bag was discovered 100 yards away in the shrubbery. Dental records identified the remains before reburial under a headstone bearing his real name Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen.
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