American Silent Film Actress
Thomas began her career as an illustrators' model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. During her time as a Ziegfeld girl, she also appeared in the more risqué show, The Midnight Frolic. In 1916, she began a successful career in silent films and would appear in over twenty features over the course of her four-year film career. That year she also married actor Jack Pickford, the younger brother of silent film star Mary Pickford.
On September 10, 1920, she died of acute nephritis in Paris, France five days after consuming mercury bichloride. Her death was ruled accidental, but the news of her hospitalization due to the poison and death were the subject of media speculation. Her death has been cited as one of the first heavily publicized Hollywood scandals.
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