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Jeanette MacDonald

Born June 18, 1903 in Philadelphia, PA. Died on January 14, 1965, in Houston, TX.

She was known by the nickname "The Iron Butterfly" for her no-nonsense approach to filmmaking and her tough contract negotiating style with film companies.

MacDonald made four films with Maurice Chevalier, and three with Nelson Eddy, the latter team-ups probably her most famous film musicals, those titles were:

  1. Naughty Marietta - 1935
  2. Rose-Marie - 1936
  3. Maytime - 1937
  4. Girl of The Golden West - 1938
  5. Sweethearts - 1938
  6. New Moon - 1940
  7. Bittersweet - 1940
  8. I Married an Angel - 1942

She worked in film, toured as a singer, appeared in operas, and on radio and television. Her recording efforts yielded three gold records.

Jeanette MacDonald original record albums:

  1. MacDonald in Song - 1939
  2. Religious Songs - 1945
  3. Up in Central Park - 1945
  4. Operetta Favourites - 1946
  5. Romantic Moments - 1950
  6. Favorites in Hi-Fi - 1959 (aka Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy-Favorites in Stereo)
  7. Smilin' Through - 1960
  8. Jeanette MacDonald Sings Songs of Faith and Inspiration - 1963
  9. San Francisco & Silver Screen Favorites - 1970

Her death in 1965 was exacerbated by heart trouble, abdominal adhesions and a brain tumor.

Original Page April, 2014 | Updated October 2020

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