Nelson Eddy died on this day after suffering a massive stroke onstage the night before, while singing in Miami. He never regained consciousness. Gale Sherwood, his singing partner for 14 years during Nelson’s nightclub years, later detailed an unusual occurrence right after he passed, as she was leaving the hospital. “As I walked numbly into the sunlight, I looked up and saw two beautiful white doves soaring off into space. Nelson loved doves and as they flew above me, I said, “There he goes!” I’ll never, never see a small white bird and not think of dear Nelson flying away.” Question: Why TWO doves? Who was the other one?
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Bumping up the write-up about Jeanette MacDonald’s funeral TV footage today… 58 years ago today…
Watch it. There is nothing more telling about the Jeanette-Nelson relationship (except “This is Your Life”, of course) than the way Nelson is offered condolences by the other celebrity pallbearers. He’s also the last mourner to step outside the chapel, one can see it in the video footage.
Additionally, he took care of the overdue bills from her funeral expenses that were not paid; one can see some bills in the probate file folder.
The photo snapped of him a month later in Canada later shows a very different Nelson than most people would recognize; he’s quite thin and looks to be lost in his thoughts. Such a difference one month can make.
They were close in life and ironically died on the same day thirteen years apart, Jeanette MacDonald in 1965 and Blossom MacDonald Rock in 1978. We will remember…