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Toni Lanier


Toni Mannix

On the left, Toni Mannix smiling while, on the right, George Reeves also smiling and wearing a coat, long sleeves, and necktie
Full Name
Camille Bernice Froomess

February 19, 1906 (age 77) (
New York, United States

Eddie Mannix (m. 1951–1963)

Similar People
Eddie Mannix, Leonore Lemmon, George Reeves, Diane Lane, Ellanora Needles

September 2, 1983 (aged 77) Beverly Hills, California, United States

Toni Mannix (February 19, 1906 – September 2, 1983) was an American actress and dancer in the early talkies. She became notorious for an extramarital relationship with actor George Reeves during her marriage to MGM studio head Eddie Mannix.


Toni Mannix smiling while wearing a black dress and heels

Early life

Toni Mannix smiling while wearing a floral blouse

Born as Camille Bernice Froomess in New York, her father, Charles, was a French immigrant and her mother, Elizabeth, was a French-Canadian Roman Catholic. The large family would ultimately include 11 children; seven boys and four girls. The children were raised in their mother's faith. Mannix's father was a department store window decorator in Rochester, New York, and her mother a home-maker.


George Reeves smiling and wearing eyeglasses and Toni Mannix smiling while carrying their beloved dog, Sam

For a time, Mannix was a Ziegfeld Follies showgirl, and appeared in the Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer biography of Florenz Ziegfeld's life, The Great Ziegfeld (1936).

Personal life

Toni Mannix smiling with George Reeves who is wearing a coat, long sleeves, and necktie

Mannix subsequently met MGM's general manager Eddie Mannix. She later lived with him as his mistress, and then as his wife, until his death in 1963. Shortly after her marriage to Eddie Mannix in 1951 and shortly before the launch of Reeves as the titular star in the successful television series Adventures of Superman, Mannix met and began an affair with Reeves, with the acquiescence of her husband, according to Reeves's co-stars Noel Neill and Jack Larson. The affair was ended by Reeves in 1959. His death by gunshot wound to the head five months later was officially ruled a suicide, although questions have been raised about the circumstances under which he died. Kashner and Schoenberger's partially fictionalized biography Hollywood Kryptonite states as unsourced fact that Toni, via her husband Eddie's criminal connections, ordered Reeves murdered. This theory was endorsed by publicist Edward Lozzi, who stated in 1999 that he had witnessed Toni's deathbed confession. Although the 2006 film Hollywoodland uses her husband's complicity as one possible solution to the Reeves mystery, the film remains ambiguous about the truth. In any case, Mannix was devastated by Reeves' death and remained dedicated to Reeves, reportedly building a shrine to him in her house. She was portrayed by Diane Lane in Hollywoodland.

Later years and death

Toni Mannix's gorgeous smile

Mannix, wealthy following the death of her husband in 1963, developed Alzheimer's disease when she was in her seventies. She died in 1983 in Beverly Hills, at the age of 77, having neither remarried nor had children.


The Great Ziegfeld as
Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Archive Footage
Unsolved Mysteries (TV Series documentary) as
Self - George Reeves' Former Girlfriend
- Episode #8.5 (1995) - Self - George Reeves' Former Girlfriend


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