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, Historical
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:

One Hour With You (1931): and Maurice Chevalier

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 11, 2022 From 4 Star Films

Ah, Spring in Paris! The local gendarmerie is intent on cleaning up the parks of couples canoodling. Among them are Andre Bertier (Maurice Chevalier) and his gal pal Colette (). But it’s perfectly decent. As they sing, later in bed together, “what a little thing like a ... Read full article

Maytime (1937): Starring and Nelson Eddy

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 12, 2020 From 4 Star Films

The arrival of a local May Fair celebration brings back a flurry of bittersweet memories for elderly Miss Morrison (a made-up ). She fondly recalls some past romantic dreams that we have yet to discover, which color how she sees the young lovers before her, caught in a quarrel. The... Read full article

: 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

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Jeanette MacDonald Quotes:

Ramerez: I hope I'll see you again sometime. Yeah?
Mary Robbins: I hope I'll see you again sometime too. Dangling on the end of a rope!

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

[first lines]
Homer Smith: Have you ever been in San Francisco?
Marcia Warren: Yes, once with Gable and Tracy and the joint fell apart!

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She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6157 Hollywood Boulevard and for Recording at 1628 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Her wedding gown was designed by costume designer Adrian. It was a gown of flesh-pink organza over matching taffeta with leg-of-mutton sleeves and a high-neck collar trimmed with lace and a tiny spray of roses. As she walked down the candlelit aisle alone, she carried a single rose and a pink satin prayer book.

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