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Job Actress/Singer
Years active 1909-59
Known for Operetta singer; films with Nelson Eddy
Top Roles Mary Blake, Helen Lorfield Winter, Marietta, Nina Maria Azara, Madame Sonia
Top GenresMusical, Romance, Comedy, Drama, Film Adaptation, Fantasy
Top TopicsPre-Code Cinema, Based on Play, Romance (Comic)
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Director),
Shares birthday with E.G. Marshall, Mary Alden, Keye Luke  see more..

Jeanette MacDonald Overview:

Legendary actress, Jeanette MacDonald, was born Jeannette Anna McDonald on Jun 18, 1903 in Philadelphia, PA. MacDonald appeared in 32 film and TV roles from 1929 to 1957. Her best known films include The Love Parade (1929 film debut), Love Me Tonight (1932) and The Merry Widow (1934), all three opposite Maurice Chevalier -- and her eight films opposite Nelson Eddy: Naughty Marietta (1935), Rose-Marie (1936), Maytime (1937), The Girl of the Golden West (1938), Sweethearts (1938), Bitter Sweet (1940), New Moon (1940), and I Married an Angel (1942). MacDonald died at the age of 61 on Jan 14, 1965 in Houston, TX .


Jeanette MacDonald was an operetta singer with a lovely sense of comedy. Her early films with Maurice Chevalier show her flair for impishly saucy fun to quite good advantage but it was her eight musicals with Nelson Eddy that put her right at the top of the cinema tree. She was married to actor Gene Raymond from 1937 until her death in 1965.

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MacDonald's older sister, Marie Blake (born Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald) played Grandmama in the popular television series The Addams Family (1964-1966)


Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy made eight films together: Naughty Marietta (1935), Rose-Marie (1936), Maytime (1937), Girl of The Golden West (1938), Sweethearts (1938), New Moon (1940), Bittersweet (1940), and I Married an Angel (1942).



She was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Recording and Motion Pictures. Jeanette MacDonald's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #25 on Dec 4, 1934. MacDonald was never nominated for an Academy Award.

BlogHub Articles:

: MGM Love Triangle - Part 3 (final)

By Emma on Jul 29, 2016 From Lets Misbehave: A Tribute to Precode Hollywood

Finally (as in three years late!) here is the final installment of my trilogy on the tragic love story between and Nelson Eddy and the lengths MGM boss, Louis B. Mayer went to cover up the adulterous affair. I know, I know, this is massively late but better late than never, hopefu... Read full article

Birthday Salute (Day Nine)

By Kayla on Jun 18, 2014 From The Cinema Dilettante

Birthday Salute (Day Nine) June 18, 2014June 18, 2014 / The Cinema Dilettante It’s almost here, folks! Even though the timestamp on my blog says it’s already 6/18, it’s not. Help a sister out on fixing that, eh? Picture it. June 17th… OK,... Read full article

– Its Today!!!

By Kayla on Jun 18, 2014 From The Cinema Dilettante

– Its Today!!! June 18, 2014 / The Cinema Dilettante HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JEANETTE! We’re going to pretend that’s a birthday party, but I’m sure its a simple case of holding Gene’s hand while using him as a couch cushion. Gene was a goo... Read full article

Birthday Salute (Day Eight)

By Kayla on Jun 17, 2014 From The Cinema Dilettante

Birthday Salute (Day Eight) June 17, 2014 / The Cinema Dilettante Hi. I am a disclaimer. Massive OTP Jeanette/Gene love ahoy because… HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, MACRAYMONDS! Negativity will not be permitted, unless it is directed toward Gene’s psychomom, for... Read full article

Birthday Salute (Day Seven)

By Kayla on Jun 16, 2014 From The Cinema Dilettante

Birthday Salute (Day Seven) June 16, 2014 / The Cinema Dilettante Your neighborhood Dilettante would like to take this Father’s Day to give a shout out to Daniel MacDonald… …the man responsible for this… …this… …and ... Read full article

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Jeanette MacDonald Quotes:

Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: [over a very sparse dinner] Oh well, maybe it's all for the best. I hear more people die from overeating than from any other cause.
Carl Linden: I bet we'll be immortal, then. I hate Herr Weiller.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: I hate the market keeper.
Carl Linden: I hate the landlord.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: That's not fair, *I* was going to hate the landlord. *You* hate Herr Weiller again.

Queen Louise: Why am I always awakened from my dreams?

Victor: Every morning you and I will ride Teresa through the park. The sun will shine, the birds will sing, the flowers will bloom...
Shirley: And I'll yell for the police!

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Jeanette MacDonald Facts
In many of Judy Garland's concerts, she featured "San Francisco," a song that MacDonald sang in San Francisco (1936) with Clark Gable. When Garland sang it, she sometimes added to the beginning, "I never will forget Jeanette MacDonald. Just to think of her, it gives my heart a pang. I never will forget just how that brave Jeanette just stood there, in the ruins, and sang. And sang." And then Judy would sing it. Jeanette was approached about it, and she said, "Oh, I don't mind... As long as it's Judy!".

She was a staunch Republican and conservative.

Made one movie with husband Gene Raymond - Smilin' Through (1941).

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