Thelma Who?: Almost 100 Years of Showbiz

The dramatic tale of the life of Thelma White, who is remembered today mostly for her role in the cult classic Reefer Madness, and for her five marriages, only three of which were to men. An aspiring performer who started her career in 1914 at the age of three as a carnival entertainer, White embarked on a dynamic career that spanned much of the 20th century, and included performances on Broadway, nightclubs shows in London and Australia, all-girl revues, and appearances in a number of B pictures, including the infamous Reefer Madness in 1936. Her autobiography provides an invaluable record of the life of a performer in the entertainment industry in the 20th century, especially in the 30s and 40s. Enraptured by fame and fortune, Thelma never slowed her quest for success. She performed relentlessly worldwide for more than 30 years before contracting a rare tropical disease in 1945. Bedridden for almost 10 years and addicted to narcotics, she finally recovered and fought her way back to good health and a new career as an agent and artists' manager, helping others reach the heights of stardom she once enjoyed. This biography is an exciting first-person account of a unique performer-an enlightening read for anyone interested in the cultural history of popular entertainment.