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Jeanette MacDonald

Jeanette MacDonald

D.O.B.: June 18, 1907 (Philadelphia, PA)

D.O.D.: January 14, 1965 (Houston, TX)

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Location: Forest Lawn Glendale; Freedom Mausoleum; Sanctuary of Heritage

Biographical Notes:

Jeanette MacDonald was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jeanette made her professional debut at the age of six in a charity opera at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music.

In addition to studying, singing, and dancing, she went to church with her family and taught Sunday school at age 12.

By 1927 she was a star on Broadway, playing the leads in “Sunny Days” and “Angela.”

She played the lead in “Boom Boom” in 1929 with young Archie Leach (who was later to become Cary Grant).

Jeanette went to Hollywood, and thus began the part of her career for which she is most well remembered.

She became one of Hollywood’s top attractions, and the first star whose success was built upon her ability to sing.

In 1930 and 1931, musicals weren't popular with movie audiences, and Jeanette took on her only movie roles in which she did not sing, which totaled three films.

She made her opera debut in 1943 in Montreal singing "Romeo and Juliet".

She made films with other stars--Ramon Novarro, Clark Gable and Gene Raymond, whom she married in 1937.

Jeanette filled the years of World War II with stage performances like many other actors while husband Gene Raymond served our country overseas as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Remembered for movie operettas she filmed with Nelson Eddy.

She did star with her husband, Gene Raymond, in a version of "Smilin' Through" in 1941.

Appeared In:

"Naughty Marietta" (1935) Movie

"Girl Of The Golden West" (1938) Movie

"New Moon" (1940) Movie

"Istanbul" (1957) Movie


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