Jeanette Anna MacDonald was born on June 18th 1903 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jeanette first became a dancer, after having dance lessons as a young girl, but later turned to singing where she landed several choice roles in musicals. Broadway would turn out to be her launching pad to stardom. Jeanette’s first movie “The Love Parade” sent her on her way.
In 1934, Jeanette signed with MGM and paired her with Ramon Novarro in “The Cat in the Fiddle”. However, the next year saw her paired with Nelson Eddy which was to become the musical dream team of the 30's second only to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
In the 1940s Jeanette’s career begin to fade quietly. She made three films in 1940, one in 1941, two in 1942, none in 1943, and one in 1944. Jeanette was not cast in another movie until 1948 when she played Helen Winter in “The Sun Comes Up.” Her final movie would come later that same year in “Three Daring Daughters.”
Jeanette McDonald lived quietly with her husband Gene Raymond. On January 14th 1965, Jeanette passed away from a heart attack in Houston, Texas. She was 61 years old. She was interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Freedom Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Heritage.After her death in was rumored that she had had a real life romance with Nelson Eddy for several years but they were never able to marry because of extenuating circumstances.
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