Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Thomasina Mix (Tom's daughter)
Yes, you're absolutely right, Tom's namesake daughter never appeared in a feature film. At least as an adult. But, apparently, it wasn't for the lack of trying. The birth in 1922 of Thomasina Mix to Tom and his then-wife Victoria Forde; the subsequent custody battle over the little girl; her inheriting her father when he so tragically died in a car accident in Arizona; well, all that is thoroughly discussed elsewhere and in more detail than I can provide. But recently I came across a little tidbit that may interest fans of Tom and/or B-Westerns in general. In 1946, the photo seen above was published in that year's edition of the Academy Players Directory, the industry casting guide, and in the category of "Leading Women," no less. Proof positive that Thomasina wished to follow in her late father's footsteps.
But there is actually more proof, albeit of a more negative kind. Also in 1946, in March to be more precise, in his suit for divorce, Thomasina's husband, Bernard J. Mattthews, alleged that "Thomasina Victoria Mix is more interested in a film career than she is in caring for her four children." This in response to Thomasina's counter suit "for separate maintenance on allegations of cruelty."
She was granted a divorce but, alas, no film work seems to have come her way.