Nelson Eddy

Musical Film Star + Operatic Baritone
Born Jun 29, 1901

Nelson Ackerman Eddy was an American singer and actor who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television, and in nightclubs. A classically trained baritone, he is best remembered for the eight films in which he costarred with soprano Jeanette MacDonald.… Read More

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1901 Birth Born on June 29, 1901.


1922 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Having had a job in an iron works factory, he then spent ten years as a newspaper reporter but was fired for paying more attention to music than to journalism. His first professional break came in 1922 when he was singled out by the press after an appearance in a society theatrical, The Marriage Tax, although his name had been omitted from the program. … Read More
1927 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He reprised the role of Strephon with Savoy in 1927 when the theater group moved their performances to the famed Academy of Music. … Read More
1928 27 Years Old In 1928, his first concert accompanist was a young pianist named Theodore (Ted) Paxson, who became a close friend and remained his accompanist until Eddy's death 39 years later. … Read More
1929 28 Years Old …  Despite their ups and downs, an off-screen affair was verified by Jim Bayless, another MGM sound engineer from 1929 to 1942 who built Eddy's home recording equipment in 1934 and taught him how to record multi-track harmonies with himself; this resulted in Eddy recording a record album of 4-part harmony. … Read More


1931 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He performed under Leopold Stokowski as the Drum Major in the second American performance of Alban Berg's Wozzeck on November 24, 1931.
Eddy was "discovered" by Hollywood when he substituted at the last minute for the noted diva, Lotte Lehmann, at a sold-out concert in Los Angeles on February 28, 1933. … Read More
The film was nominated for an Oscar as Best Picture, received the Photoplay Gold Medal Award as Best Picture, and was voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1935 by the New York film critics. … Read More
1938 37 Years Old In 1938, he signed with the Columbia Masterworks division of Columbia Records, which ended MacDonald-Eddy duets until Favorites in Stereo, a special LP album the two made together in 1959. … Read More
1939 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Eddy married Ann Denitz Franklin, former wife of noted director Sidney Franklin, on January 19, 1939.


1942 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1942, he became an air raid warden and also put in long hours at the Hollywood Canteen. … Read More


1951 50 Years Old In 1951, Eddy guest-starred on several episodes of The Alan Young Show on CBS-TV.
In 1952, he recorded a pilot for a sitcom, Nelson Eddy's Backyard, with Jan Clayton, but it failed to find a network slot.
1955 54 Years Old On May 7, 1955, Eddy starred in Max Liebman's 90-minute, live-TV version of Sigmund Romberg's The Desert Song on NBC-TV. … Read More


1966 65 Years Old On December 31, 1966, a few months before his death, Eddy and his nightclub partner, Gale Sherwood, sang 15 songs on Guy Lombardo's traditional New Year's Eve program, telecast from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. … Read More
1967 66 Years Old 1 More Event
In March, 1967, Eddy was performing at the Sans Souci Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida when he was stricken on stage with a cerebral hemorrhage. … Read More
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