Above, Jeanette MacDonald and Gene Raymond, along with the couple that honeymooned with them, Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers. Others include Jeanette’s wedding party: Basil and Ouida Rathbone, Johnny Mack Brown and wife Connie, Allan Jones and his wife Irene Hervey, and Fay Wray.
Yes, we’ll admit it, it’s difficult sometimes to understand WHY the marital ties of Jeanette-Gene and Nelson-Ann occurred and endured for all the years it did. We will never totally understand it all as the existing written documentation is from the 1940s onwards. The many interviews done over the years give us insight into what Jeanette and Nelson themselves said to others. And of course, each saw it from their own viewpoint. As some have suggested, perhaps it was just easier to remain married. How many couples have you known that aren’t particularly happy together romantically but find it easier to keep the status quo? There is also the factor of theirs being “Hollywood” marriages, which is a whole different animal.
Here’s a link to an article that explores in more detail the Gene Raymond – Buddy Rogers connection. We don’t know whether Mary Pickford went into her second marriage wanting more than a handsome man on her arm as an escort and close companion. From many reports, Pickford apparently never never truly got over the love of her life, Douglas Fairbanks. Here’s the article to read, with many great photos, at this link.