But what I didn't realize until recently is that the hot toddy was originally named for a famous Hollywood actress, Thelma Todd.
Tragically, Thelma died in 1935 at the age of 30. One of the last people to see her alive was her ex-husband, reputed mobster Pat DiCicco. DiCicco, along with actor Wallace Beery, was also a suspect in the death of Ted Healy, the vaudevillian who in the mid-1920s worked with three young funnymen who would eventually find fame as the Three Stooges.
Thelma Todd's death was ruled a suicide—a ruling that is still controversial today. Some even say that Thelma's ghost still haunts Hollywoood.
The real "Hot Toddy."