Jeanette MacDonald art by Erik Weems

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.

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