Jeanette MacDonaldrn 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 contract negotiations 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.
She worked in film, toured as a singer, appeared in operas, and on radio and television. Her recording efforts yielded three gold records.
Her death in 1965 was exacerbated by heart trouble, abdominal adhesions and a brain tumor.
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Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Movemaking
352 pages - Published by Harry N. Abrams
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Reproduces in full color scores of entertaining and insightful pieces of correspondence from some of the most notable and talented film industry names of all time—from the silent era to the golden age, and up through the pre-email days of the 1970s. Annotated by the authors to provide backstories and further context. Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock, Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Elia Kazan, Cary Grant, Francis Ford Coppola, Tom Hanks, and Jane Fonda.