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|Subject: It's been long rumored that DiCicco (as well as future 007 Producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli, and the much older actor Wallace Beery) were involved in the 1937 drunken beating death of comic actor Ted Healy! -What IS known -Gloria claims she was often hit by DiCicco, before they divorced in 1945. ...
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Date Posted: Monday, June 17, 11:44:04am
In reply to:
's message, "Hubby Pat DiCicco (1909- 1978) was also married [1932-1934] to actress Thelma Todd! ..." on Monday, June 17, 11:32:56am
Ted Healy incident ...
Pat DiCicco is alleged to have been involved in an altercation with comedian Ted Healy just before the latter's death in 1937. A source alleged that actor Wallace Beery, producer Albert R. Broccoli and DiCicco beat Healy so badly that he fell into a coma and died. While there is no documentation in contemporaneous news reports that either Beery or DiCicco was present, Broccoli admitted that he was indeed involved in a fist fight with Healy at the Trocadero. He later modified his story, stating that a heavily intoxicated Healy had picked a fight with him, the two had briefly scuffled, then shook hands and parted ways. In other reports, Broccoli admitted to pushing Healy, but not striking him.
There is disagreement over whether Healy died as a result of the brawl or due to his well-known alcoholism. Because of the authorities' lack of interest in investigating Healy's death, an autopsy was not performed until after Healy's corpse had been embalmed, rendering the examiner's note that Healy's organs were "soaked in alcohol" and useless in determining a cause of death.
Following the autopsy, the Los Angeles county coroner reported that Healy died of acute toxic nephritis secondary to acute and chronic alcoholism. Police closed their investigation, as there was no indication in the report that his death was caused by physical assault.
Gloria cur her losses as quick
as she could, ending her 4 year marriage. …