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Jeanette MacDonald is a Actor American born on 18 june 1903 at Philadelphia (USA)

Jeanette MacDonald

Jeanette MacDonald
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Birth name Jeanette Anna MacDonald
Nationality USA
Birth 18 june 1903 at Philadelphia (USA)
Death 14 january 1965 (at 61 years) at Houston (USA)

Jeanette Anna MacDonald (June 18, 1903 - January 14, 1965) was an American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier (The Love Parade, Love Me Tonight, The Merry Widow and One Hour With You) and Nelson Eddy (Naughty Marietta, Rose-Marie, and Maytime). During the 1930s and 1940s she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars (The Love Parade, One Hour with You, Naughty Marietta and San Francisco), and recorded extensively, earning three gold records. She later appeared in opera, concerts, radio, and television. MacDonald was one of the most influential sopranos of the 20th century, introducing opera to movie-going audiences and inspiring a generation of singers.


MacDonald had five documented serious romances. The first was wealthy NYU student Jack Ohmeis, whom she dated from 1922 until 1927. They became engaged in 1926 but his family objected to his marrying an actress. Ironically, the Ohmeis family fortunes were lost in the 1929 stock market crash and MacDonald later lent money to Jack Ohmeis.

MacDonald next dated Irving Stone from around 1926-8; they apparently met when she was touring in Chicago in Yes, Yes, Yvette. Stone, who lived in Milwaukee, was the nephew of the founder of the Boston Store and worked in the family business. Few details were known of Stone's romance with MacDonald until the discovery of hundreds of pages of handwritten love letters she wrote to him that were found in his apartment after his death.

In 1928 Robert George Ritchie became MacDonald's manager and fiancé. They were together until 1935 and presumed by many to be married. MacDonald dared anyone to prove it. However, MacDonald wrote Ritchie a letter in July 1929 calling him "my own darling husband" and on the envelope she gave her return address initials as "JAR" (Jeanette Anna Ritchie). On March 29, 1931 MacDonald wrote to Irving Stone that she was engaged to Ritchie and on July 8, 1931 she wrote to him again from Europe that "I didn't get married on June 9." Ritchie's nephew and the remaining family claimed that there was a Ritchie-MacDonald marriage and that it was annulled, possibly in Hawaii, in 1935. If so, details have never come to light. However, MacDonald was photographed in Hawaii just prior to the release of Naughty Marietta (1935).

The Bob Ritchie romance began to sour when MacDonald became friendly with Nelson Eddy in late 1933. In January 1934 the trades announced they would be co-starring in Naughty Marietta. They dated on and off throughout 1934 but after MacDonald's 1935 Hawaii trip, Eddy became more persistent in his marriage proposals. The problem was that Eddy wanted her to retire and raise their children; MacDonald preferred to put her career first. They fought constantly over this and broke up in early June 1935.

Later that month, MacDonald met the actor Gene Raymond at a party and began dating him. Blonde Raymond resembled Nelson Eddy and the two men were sometimes mistaken for each other when seen publicly with MacDonald. During summer 1935, MacDonald rekindled the relationship with Eddy when they began filming Rose Marie. MacDonald later called it "the happiest summer of my life".

On June 16, 1937 MacDonald married Gene Raymond in a traditional ceremony at Wilshire Methodist Church in Los Angeles. They remained married until MacDonald's death. Raymond was also a songwriter, and MacDonald introduced two of his songs in her concerts. In addition to the TV pilot Prima Donna that Raymond wrote for her, they also did a few radio shows together and toured in The Guardsman on stage. But even with their infrequent attempts to work together, including the film Smilin' Through, the public was indifferent to them as a team as evidenced by only fair box-office receipts. According to published books, including Sweethearts by Sharon Rich and The Golden Girls Of MGM by Jane Ellen Wayne, Gene Raymond engaged in numerous affairs with men and their marriage was problematic. MacDonald addressed this issue in her unpublished autobiography (now published in a facsimile edition; see Controversy section) and mentioned several separations and marital problems. After her death, Raymond and his friends (including the MacDonald fan club, which remained associated with Raymond until his death) disputed these claims.

Nelson Eddy attempted a reconciliation with MacDonald in 1938 but again had interference from Louis B. Mayer, who felt that divorce might harm MacDonald's saintly image with her fans. Eddy eloped to Las Vegas with Ann Franklin in January 1939. His marriage also lasted until his death.

Best films

San Francisco (1936)
The Merry Widow (1934)
Naughty Marietta (1935)
The Love Parade (1929)
One Hour with You (1932)

Usually with

Nelson Eddy
Nelson Eddy
(13 films)
Cedric Gibbons
Cedric Gibbons
(12 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jeanette MacDonald (33 films)

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The Sun Comes Up, 1h33
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, Lloyd Nolan, Claude Jarman Jr., Pal, Johnny Sheffield, Percy Kilbride
Roles Helen Lorfield Winter
Rating67% 3.3865653.3865653.3865653.3865653.386565
Ex-opera singer Helen Lorfield Winter (Jeanette MacDonald) rents a house in the small town of Brushy Gap, in the hills not too far from the Smokies, Blue Ridge, and Atlanta Georgia with her dog, Lassie, after the tragic death of her son. There she befriends Jerry, a young orphan (Claude Jarman Jr.). Growing attached to Jerry, but not wanting children so soon after the death of her own son, Helen leaves Brushy Gap to resume her singing career. While she is away, Jerry is caught in heavy rain returning Lassie home and develops pneumonia. Helen returns to Brushy Gap to find the owner of the house, Thomas Chandler (Lloyd Nolan), nursing Jerry back to health. Soon after Jerry has recovered, the orphanage catches on fire, and Lassie and Tom both rescue Jerry from the blaze. Helen then decides to adopt Jerry and remain in Brushy Gap.
Three Daring Daughters, 1h55
Directed by Fred M. Wilcox
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, José Iturbi, Jane Powell, Edward Arnold, Harry Davenport, Ann E. Todd
Roles Louise Rayton Morgan
Rating62% 3.149423.149423.149423.149423.14942
It's Tess' graduation day from "Miss Drakes School for Girls". During the choir's performance at the ceremony, Tess notices that her beautiful, divorcee mother, Louise Rayton Morgan isn't there. Louise, an editor for Modern Design Publication, is lying in Dr. Cannon's office from fainting due to being over-worked and stressed-out. At home after the graduation ceremony, Dr. Cannon has a talk with Louise's three daughters, Tess, Ilka and Alix. He tells them that their mother needs a vacation badly, but the only way she can relax is if she goes without the girls. The girls agree, but Louise is reluctant; however, the girls convince her to go. The girls see their mother off on her one month Cuban cruise. When the girls get home they discuss their mother, and believe if they bring their father back home it will make their mom happy and healthy again. In reality, Louise has kept the truth about their father from them. Their father was actually a very uncaring man, who left them and left Louise to raise the girls on her own. The girls go to see their father's boss, Robert Nelson to locate their father and bring him home. Meanwhile on Louise's Cuban cruise, she meets famed pianist and conductor, Jose Iturbi. Jose is immediately taken by Louise, but she plays hard to get, while having the time of her life. When Louise finally returns home, she has a secret to tell the girls, but, the girls have a secret too.
Cairo (1942)
, 1h41
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Spy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about writers, Spy films, Films about journalists, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Political films
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, Robert Young, Reginald Owen, Ethel Waters, Lionel Atwill, Grant Mitchell
Roles Marcia Warren
Rating62% 3.1488353.1488353.1488353.1488353.148835
Marcia Warren (Jeanette MacDonald), while "between pictures" in London hires an American reporter, Homer Smith (Robert Young) as her butler. What Marcia doesn't know is that Smith is an American newspaperman, who strongly suspects that she is a Nazi spy (the real enemy agent is Mrs. Morrison (Mona Barrie).
Smilin' Through, 1h40
Directed by Frank Borzage, Sidney Franklin
Origin USA
Genres War, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond, Ian Hunter, Wyndham Standing
Roles Kathleen / Moonyean Clare
Rating65% 3.2920053.2920053.2920053.2920053.292005
Vieil aristocrate veuf, le solitaire John Carteret finit par adopter la délicieuse Kathleen, âgée de cinq ans, une nièce de sa femme décédée ..... Au fil des années, il retrouve dans les traits de l'orpheline grandissante, le souvenir de son amour qui fut tuée lors de la cérémonie nuptiale, par un prétendant jaloux. Et lorsque la demoiselle se sent bien des inclinaisons pour un fringant soldat Kenneth Wayne, qui s'avère être le fils du meurtrier, Carteret se braque ...
The Miracle of Sound, 11minutes
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Clark Gable, Greer Garson, W. S. Van Dyke, Hedy Lamarr
Rating41% 2.090052.090052.090052.090052.09005
The film starts with a brief introduction to the work of Thomas A. Edison and a clip from William K.L. Dickson's Dickson Experimental Sound Film (c. 1894). Douglas Shearer then presents a behind the scenes look at the filming of W.S. Van Dyke's Bitter Sweet (1940) featuring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy to explain how the sound is recorded. A scene from King Vidor's Comrade X (1940) featuring Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr is used to demonstrate the final result. The film concludes with a montage from trailers for coming MGM pictures and a Technicolor screen test of Greer Garson for Mervyn LeRoy's Blossoms in the Dust (1941).
New Moon
New Moon (1940)
, 1h45
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke, Robert Z. Leonard
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Adventure, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Operetta films
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Mary Boland, George Zucco, Ivan F. Simpson, H. B. Warner
Roles Marianne de Beaumanoir
Rating69% 3.489413.489413.489413.489413.48941
During the 18th century in New Orleans, Louisiana, a French nobleman in disguise as a bondsman, Charles (Nelson Eddy) leads his fellow bondsman in revolt against his ship's captain, commandeering the ship and heading out to sea.
Bitter Sweet, 1h34
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Operetta films
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, George Sanders, Ian Hunter, Sig Ruman, Felix Bressart
Roles Sarah Millick
Rating62% 3.100823.100823.100823.100823.10082
Set in late 19th century Vienna, the story focuses on the romance between music teacher Carl Linden (Nelson Eddy) and his prize pupil Sarah Milick (Jeanette MacDonald).
Broadway Serenade, 1h54
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, Lew Ayres, Ian Hunter, Frank Morgan, Wally Vernon, Rita Johnson
Roles Mary Hale
Rating58% 2.915782.915782.915782.915782.91578
À New York, la chanteuse Mary Hale (Jeanette MacDonald) et son mari le pianiste-compositeur Jimmy Seymour (Lew Ayres) vivotent dans des boîtes de nuit, lorsque Mary est remarquée par Larry Bryant (Ian Hunter), producteur à Broadway. Il lui obtient une audition auprès de Cornelius Collier Jr. (Frank Morgan) qui se prépare à monter son prochain spectacle. Séduit à son tour par la voix de la jeune femme, il l'engage...