Thelma Tadlock

LOS ANGELES--Dancer, actress and choreographer Thelma "Tad" Tadlock died here Dec. 8, 2000, at the age of 69. MSTies will surely remember her as the twinkle-toed female lead (dubbed "Nuveena" by Mike and the 'Bots) in the short "Design For Dreaming," featured in episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON.

A native of Port Arthur, TX, she began dance classes at the age of three. After graduating high school in 1949, she headed to New York City and soon landed a part in the stage show "Make a Wish." That was followed by work in more Broadway plays, including "Pal Joey" and "Me and Juliet". In 1955, she started work on television, as part of the chorus on the "Max Liebman Spectaculars." She next became a featured dancer on the "Hit Parade."

She left the show in the late '50s, along with choreographer Tom Hansen, Claire Gundermann and other dancers to form "The Tom Hansen Singers and Dancers" and become the featured dancer on the "Arthur Murray Dance Party" show. She later choreographed many of the Merv Griffin "Dance Fever" shows with Denny Terio, as well as working as a spokesman, actress, model and dancer for numerous commercials. She has worked on movies including "I Love You to Death," "Body Heat," and "Heaven's Gate," as well as the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.