Born in Tucson, Arizona, on June 7, 1934, Sally Todd was a stunningly attractive and athletic child. With encouragement from her mother, Todd entered the 1952 "Miss Tucson Beauty Contest" and won first prize, which was a trip to Hollywood and a screen test for 20th Century-Fox Studios. Studio executives liked her test so much that they offered her a contract. Barely 18 years old and having just graduated from high school, Todd took her mother to California with her.

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LEFT: Toddy with her brother, Jeff, in 1957. CENTER A: Sally Todd in a mid 1950s Fox Studio shot. CENTER B: Modeling portfolio shot taken in the mid 1950s. RIGHT: 1959 photo

Todd also appeared in a number of men's magazines in the 1950s, and was Playboy Playmate of the Month in February 1957.

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Photos of Sally Todd from the December 1956 issue of Focus

Sally Todd began her acting career playing smaller parts in films and television; among the television shows in which she appeared are Love that Bob, Dobie Gillis, The Untouchables, Dragnet, and Gunsmoke. However, she's best remembered for her cult-classic movies, such as The Unearthly (1957; with Allison Hayes, John Carradine, and Tor Johnson), Frankenstein's Daughter (1958; with John Ashley), and Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1958; with Susan Cabot and Gary Conway). Both Viking Women and the Sea Serpent and The Unearthly aired on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Todd took roles in these films "until something better comes along."

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The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)

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With Agnes Moorehead in the Jane Russell vehicle The Revolt of Mamie Stover, released by 20th Century Fox

The Unearthy (1957)

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LEFT: Photo of Sally Todd used for the poster of The Unearthly. RIGHT: Lobby card

Frankenstein's Daughter (1958)

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From the low budget horror flick Frankenstein's Daughter

Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1958)

Abby Dalton, Sally Todd, and Susan Cabot

From the campy American International adventure Viking Women and the Sea Serpent with Abby Dalton and Susan Cabot

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For Sally Todd, something better did come along; she married and retired from acting in the early 1960s. Twice divorced, today Todd lives in Big Sur, tending to her antique shop and keeping in touch with a few old friends, such as Kim Novak, from her Hollywood days.

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G.I. Blues (1960) with Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, John Hudson, and Jeremy Slate
Frankenstein's Daughter (1958) with John Ashley and Sandra Knight
Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1958) with Susan Cabot, Abby Dalton, Jonathan Haze, and Gary Conway
The Unearthly (1957) with Allison Hayes, Myron Healy, John Carradine, and Tor Johnson
The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956) with Jane Russell, Richard Egan, Agnes Moorehead, and Joan Leslie

Holiday Lodge, episode Johnny's Good Deed, originally aired July 23, 1961
The Tab Hunter Show, episode Happily Unmarried, originally aired December 25, 1960
77 Sunset Strip, episode The Duncan Shrine, originally aired November 18, 1960
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, episode Competition Is the Life of Trade, originally aired May 24, 1960
Johnny Ringo, episode Soft Cargo, originally aired May 5, 1960
The Untouchables, episode The Unhired Assassin, originally aired February 25, 1960
M Squad, episode Ghost Town, originally aired March 27, 1959
Dragnet, episode The Big Smart Girl, originally aired January 13, 1959
Dragnet, episode The Big Hot Rod, originally aired December 2, 1958

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The Astounding B Monster Archive has a page devoted to Sally Todd's 1958 film Frankenstein's Daughter.

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Watch Sally Todd's 1958 horror flick Frankenstein's Daughter

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