Jeanette MacDonald

Jeanette MacDonald

Singer + Actress
Born Jun 18, 1903

Jeanette MacDonald was an American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier and Nelson Eddy. During the 1930s and 1940s she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars, and recorded extensively, earning three gold records. She later appeared in opera, concerts, radio, and television.… Read More

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1903 Birth MacDonald was born June 18, 1903, at her family's Philadelphia home at 5123 Arch Street. … Read More
1913 10 Years Old …  This box office smash hit integrated Victor Herbert's 1913 stage score into a modern backstage story scripted by Dorothy Parker. … Read More


1919 16 Years Old In November 1919 MacDonald joined her older sister, actress Blossom Rock in New York and landed a job in the chorus of Ned Wayburn's The Demi-Tasse Revue, a musical entertainment presented between films at the Capital Theatre on Broadway.
1920 17 Years Old In 1920 she appeared in two musicals, Jerome Kern's Night Boat as a chorus replacement, and Irene on the road as the second female lead (Future film star Irene Dunne played the title role during part of the tour, and Helen Shipman, actor/singer/dancer, played the title role during the other part of the tour). … Read More
1921 18 Years Old In 1921 MacDonald played in Tangerine, as one of the "Six Wives."
1922 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1922 MacDonald was a featured singer in a Greenwich Village revue, Fantastic Fricassee. … Read More


1925 22 Years Old In 1925 MacDonald again had the second female lead opposite Queenie Smith in Tip Toes, a George Gershwin hit show. … Read More
1926 23 Years Old MacDonald next dated Irving Stone from around 1926-8; they apparently met when she was touring in Chicago in Yes, Yes, Yvette. … Read More
In 1929, famed film director Ernst Lubitsch was looking through old screen tests of Broadway performers and spotted MacDonald. … Read More
MacDonald took a break from Hollywood in 1931 to embark on a European concert tour. … Read More


1933 - 1934 2 More Events
After MacDonald suffered a miscarriage during the filming of Sweethearts, Mayer dropped plans for the team to co-star in Let Freedom Ring, a vehicle first announced for them in 1935. … Read More
1936 33 Years Old An annual poll of film exhibitors listed MacDonald as one of the top ten box-office draws of 1936, and many of her films were among the top 20 moneymakers of the years they were released.
…  The MacDonald-Eddy team had split after MacDonald's engagement and marriage to Gene Raymond, but neither of their solo films grossed as much as the team films and by the fall of 1937, MGM was barraged with outraged fan mail.
1938 35 Years Old 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. … Read More
1939 36 Years Old Her first American concert tour was in 1939, immediately after the completion of Broadway Serenade and Nelson Eddy's marriage. … Read More
1941 38 Years Old When America joined World War II in 1941, MacDonald was one of the founders of the Army Emergency Relief and raised funds on concert tours. … Read More


1943 - 1945 2 More Events
1948 45 Years Old …  Her 1948 Hollywood Bowl concert was also broadcast over the air, in which she used Eddy's longtime accompanist, Theodore Paxson.
1950 47 Years Old MacDonald appeared on early TV, most frequently as a singing guest star. She sang on The Voice of Firestone on November 13, 1950.
1952 49 Years Old 1 More Event
On November 12, 1952, she was the subject of Ralph Edwards' This Is Your Life. … Read More


1953 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953, MacDonald sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which was broadcast on both radio and TV.
On February 2, 1956 MacDonald starred in Prima Donna, a television pilot for her own series, written for her by her husband, Gene Raymond. … Read More
1959 56 Years Old She began limiting her appearances and a reprisal of Bitter Sweet in 1959 was her last professional appearance. … Read More


1963 60 Years Old MacDonald suffered in her later years with heart trouble. She worsened in 1963 and underwent an arterial transplant at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. … Read More
1964 61 Years Old MacDonald was again stricken in 1964. … Read More
1965 62 Years Old 1 More Event
MacDonald was interred on January 18, 1965, in a crypt at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California which reads "Jeanette MacDonald Raymond". … Read More
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