The irony of two close sisters… both died on January 14. Jeanette, the baby of the family, died in 1965 and Blossom followed her in 1978. It’s because of Blossom Rock that we’re here today… she insisted the Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy story be told, not the PR version. She’s pictured here apparently in her last TV role, a 1966 episode of Sherwood Schwartz’s “It’s About Time,” a caveman comedy. Thank you, Blossom. This is more how she looked when I knew her. We will remember…
From the last will and testament of Nelson Eddy: “I believe the body is useless after death… let there be no sorrow over the remains, for at that time I believe the soul will have found its destined way to the infinite.” (June 29, 1901 – March 6, 1967.)
Today we remember Jeanette MacDonald, who died on January 14, 1965 at age 61.
We also remember her sister Blossom Rock, who died the very same date, at age 82, in 1978.
Two sisters who were close in life… and after Jeanette’s early passing, Blossom bravely determined that the sacrifices her sister made at the expense of her great love for Nelson Eddy should not be forgotten in history.
We are thankful that Blossom was persistent in wanting Jeanette’s real life to be known and understood, and that Jeanette be remembered in Hollywood history as a great movie star and singer and icon of her era.
Below, Blossom and Jeanette. Blossom was a character actress best known for her portrayal of “grandmama” in the 1960s TV series “The Addams Family.”