Thelma Hill

Thelma Hill (December 12, 1906 – May 11, 1938) was an American silent screen comedian. Born Thelma Floy Hillerman in Emporia, Kansas, she was one of the few Sennett Bathing Beauties to make it into featured roles. Hill was widely known as the "mah jongg bathing girl" because of the mah jongg bathing suit she was photographed in extensively. As a youth, she lived not far from the motion picture studios and was noticed by both Sennett and Dick Jones. During her school years, she did atmosphere and bits on Saturdays and Sundays and during vacation time. As she became older, Hill began to double for Mabel Normand. She was first featured with Ralph Graves in a series of two-reel comedies that were made for Sennett on Glendale Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Hill starred opposite Ben Turpin in The Prodigal Bridegroom and from 1927 to 1929 with Bud Duncan in Larry Darmour's series of silent comedy shorts Toots and Casper and was Laurel & Hardy's leading lady in 1928's Two Tars. She completed her F.B.O. contract in 1927 and was signed by MGM for a role in The Fair Coed (1927).


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