Leslie Todd Farina, Mother of Producers Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd, Dies at 75

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From left: Leslie Todd Farina, Hillary Clinton, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd and Serena Sawyer

She taught at Cal State Northridge and the College of the Desert and owned a pharmacy.

Leslie Todd Farina, the mother of sister producers Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd, has died. She was 75.

Farina died Sept. 27 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. The cause of death was a heart attack.

Farina was a professor emeritus at the College of the Desert, where she taught in the school's nursing program for many years. She also owned the Towne Center Pharmacy in Palm Desert with her second husband, the late Mort Farina.

Known for her expertise with natural hormones, Farina appeared many times on health programs on television and radio. 

Born in Manhattan, she was raised in New York City and in Seaford, Delaware. She earned a private pilot's license and joined the civil air patrol.

After marrying James P. Bailey and following him through his Air Force career, she settled in Southern California in 1968 and lived in Northridge, where she studied and then taught at Cal State Northridge.

After a divorce, she split her time between Los Angeles and Rancho Mirage. 

Suzanne and Jennifer Todd produced films under their Team Todd banner (the Austin Powers movies, Memento and 2010's Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne also produced the Bad Moms comedies and the upcoming Anna Kendrick-starring Noelle for Disney's streaming service, and Jennifer served as a producer on the 2018 Academy Awards telecast.

Farina also is survived by daughter Catherine, sons-in-law Steve and Chris and grandchildren Elizabeth, Hunter, Julia, Dash, Serena, Milo and Gio.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Leslie Todd Nursing Scholarship fund at the College of the Desert.