The just-released March, 2012 Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair magazine features a section on diets of Hollywood stars from the 1920s until today.
Jeanette MacDonald is mentioned as using a “Ginger Ale and Ice Cream Diet.”
You will recall that in the late 1920s, Jeanette was underweight and visited a New Jersey live-in treatment center where she did nothing but drink tons of milk to GAIN weight.
Herbert Stothart, Jr., son of the MGM’s musical director during Jeanette’s studio years, said that whenever Jeanette came over to their house for a meal, “She ate like a bird.”
Nelson Eddy was promptly put on a diet when he arrived at MGM by none other than the studio mogul, Louis B. Mayer. When at the studio, Nelson’s diet consisted of coffee and Mayer’s mother’s chicken soup. That’s right, any time Nelson dined at the studio commissary he was presented with a bowl of soup. That was the entirety of his “diet.”
Other sources told me in passing that during the 1930s, more sinister diet secrets of the stars could include pills (such as was prescribed to teenaged Judy Garland), swallowed tapeworms and even heroin.
Jeanette’s “Ginger Ale and Ice Cream Diet” seems much more delightful than any of the above!
Check out this interesting history of MGM article and happily, Jeanette and Nelson are mentioned. The website itself is quite interesting and informative:
It’s 1928, and the success of Warner Bros’ musical, The Jazz Singer, has ushered in a new age of talking pictures. Audiences adored it, and it was sink or swim time for MGM. Suddenly, the silent cinema rule book was thrown out of the window and numerous opportunities opened up in Hollywood.
Composers were in demand, and song and script writers, along with voice coaches, were needed more than ever. White Shadows In The South Seas was the first MGM sound picture, although not a talkie. Originally filmed as a silent picture, MGM realised that sound wasn’t just a passing fad and, like most studios at the time, swiftly added sound effects to its music. But they did make one character speak – and that was Leo the lion, who roared for the first time.
The first MGM talkie picture, and the first MGM star to speak on the screen, was William Haines in crime drama Alias Jimmy Valentine. The film was only part talkie, but it was nevertheless a step in the right direction for MGM. The new technology meant a big change around for the studio – for some stars, their career was over, and for others it was just beginning. Stars like Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Robert Montgomery, Myrna Loy, Jeanette MacDonald, and Nelson Eddy were among them.
Here’s an interesting take on the Jeanette MacDonald – Nelson Eddy romance in an article entitled: “Plato: Communism and “True Love”, authored by Jeff Pierce:
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Plato’s original concept of Utopia and a purely communist state can be found in his writings on “The Republic” 360 BCE. His work lays out the foundation for an idealized slave society where all property belongs to the state, and the people are assigned to their station in life by the ruling class.
Plato no doubt had his short comings, however his dear soul may have cleansed itself by now….hopefully. I admire Plato for another reason. Plato had a connection to a higher consciousness and understanding of the human soul that seems to contradict his philosophy of a perfect society.
The Split-Apart Theory
I will give credit to Plato for his split-apart theory, a topic I would rather write about, and that is “true love.” Plato was the first to reference that man is a part of one soul in which they are only half of. Plato described that the soul is “split apart” from an original ovoid. Each split apart half is a twin or “twin Flame” of the other, sharing many of the same personality traits, characteristics, and appearance. Each half is an exact duplicate of the other, they descend into form and one assumes the masculine and the other the feminine.
Every person has a unique pattern and no other soul in the universe can claim this oneness with you except your twin flame. Because you are only born once, spiritually.
America discovered twin flames in the Summer of 1941 with the cinematic and real life love story between Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. A perfect match on screen and in real life. Seeing their love on screen and hearing it in their duets as their eyes told one another, and the whole world, the special love of twin flames. The story of twin flames can also be seen in the 1990?s film “The Butchers Wife.”
Many people spend a whole lifetime searching for their other half, as it is our intended destiny to reunite with our twin flame. When twin flames unite there is a magnification of the souls potential and power of creativity that cannot be achieved with another. Nelson and Jeanette were radiant on screen together.
The films they made singly are forgotten, but together they were able to tap their inner potential as twin flames united can, and their films broke box office records. Plato also warned of the difficulties the reunion can bring. Often the magnetism and likeness is so overwhelming the souls cannot emotionally handle the union. Unfortunately for Nelson and Jeanette her career ambitions and their strange combination of people and circumstances kept them apart for their entire lives.
It is hard to imagine how Plato could have two diametrically opposed theories of the human spirit. His theory of Utopia and a communist society diminishes the human spirit and oneness with the divine potential that is our destiny with our twin flame. Communism destroys creativity and the will to be, and fosters instead a death wish culture. Communism is anti-love, a matter golden age without spirit.
As we enter a new age and the year 2012 it is important to hold the concept of our highest potential and oneness with our other half, even if that one is not near. By doing so we can tap into our highest potential and change the course of events in the earth.