Dorothy "Tedi" Thurman

Died: Mon., Sep. 17, 2012

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After a long and colorful life, former cover girl and radio personality, Tedi Thurman, passed away peacefully on September 17, in Palm Springs, CA. Born in Midville, GA, Dorothy Ruth (Dot, to her family), was the youngest of the four children of Ben and Para Thurman.

As a teenager, Tedi discovered a passion for art and drawing and went on to study at the University of Georgia before transferring to the Corcoran Institute in Washington, DC. Her plans soon changed, however, and she moved to New York City where she quickly found work as a model, represented by Ford Models. Tedi's image was soon seen on the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. During an extended stay in France, Tedi also found work in Paris for Vogue and made a name for herself internationally. Her profile is featured on the opening page of Norman Mailer's Of Women and Their Elegance.

To become an actress was her ultimate goal, and Tedi did have a featured role in Ed Wood's

Jail Bait. It was on radio, though, that Tedi became most successful as "Miss Monitor' on NBC's Monitor show where she famously made national weather reports in sultry tones and always began with Atlanta in tribute to her Georgia roots. This led to a year long engagement as the weather girl on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar beginning in 1957.

After retiring from radio and television, Tedi lived in New York for several years and was involved in real estate development. In the eighties, Tedi relocated to California where she lived in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. From there, she traveled often and extensively.

Tedi returned to Georgia many times in the last several years. Her family always enjoyed her stories of her youth in Midville, and also of the great and famous with whom she had rubbed shoulders, and she delighted in telling them.

Tedi was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Vida Prevatt of Monticello, Ga. her brothers Ben and Sidney Thurman, both of Midville, and niece Linda Waller of Conyers Ga. She is survived by her long time companion, Elke Schliwa, of Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and several nieces and nephews, Jim Prevatt, Alice Sudduth, Ben Prevatt, Benny Thurman, Teri Jones, Woody Thurman, and Paul Thurman.

A graveside service, officiated by Rev. Jim Prevatt, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2pm at the Midville cemetery.

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Donna W Williams
   Posted Thu September 20, 2012
I learned of "Tedi's" death yesterday from my two brothers and it was an occasion to revisit our memories of her celebrity from our early years. That was a big deal for us then. Her obituary here provides additional information that we had either forgotten or never knew. Thanks for such an interesting one.

My condolences to all the Thurmans and in particular to Benny, Teri, and Woody who are the nephews and nieces I knew best.

Thompkins Leonard
   Posted Thu September 20, 2012
My sympathies. Tedi was a marvelous woman with much class and style. She provided so many wonderful memories for all of her family and friends. She will be missed but left a wonderful legacy.