Happy birthday, Nelson Eddy! Movie star, opera and concert star, WWII spy and off-screen lover of Jeanette MacDonald. “Our marriage, to me, is a thing of such dignity and beauty that its lovely nights of sweet passion are a glorious string of pearls sent by the angels to bless us and I shall love you through all eternity.” From his diary entry dated March 26, 1946. Excerpted from Chapter 23 of “Sweethearts,” free to download today with Kindle Unlimited at this link. (Note: for those of you living outside the U.S., go to your own Amazon website, search for “sweethearts sharon rich” and you will find your Kindle link.)
In honor of Jeanette MacDonald’s birthday, read “Sweethearts” today for free with Kindle Unlimited! Download and enjoy here!
A quote from the book from a 1946 letter, from Nelson Eddy to Jeanette: ” Our love is very different from other couples – partly because it is a holy thing and then it has been made perfect on an altar of suffering. I want to write this for you to keep always, my beloved little wife…”
One of our favorite birthday shots of her. Nelson feeds cake to pregnant Jeanette on the “Sweethearts” set, June 18, 1938.
Jeanette wore one of Nelson’s gifts in the film, the charm bracelet shown here on her wrist. One of the charms was a pair of men’s boxers with a diamond studded padlock on it. In the screenshot we can see what looks like a radio microphone, the ballerina is next to it.
The gold charm bracelet has survived to this day. 🙂