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…
We will remember
Nelson Eddy died 55 years ago today. Let’s take a moment to reflect and his life and work.
He began his professional career at age 20 as an opera singer.
Hollywood beckoned and because he fell in love with his co-star to be in eight films, Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson ended his opera career.
In Hollywood, he won numerous awards and became a star on radio…
… and in concerts and records, which made him the highest paid singer at that time.
But the biggest challenge in his life was not his career but the fact that he loved Jeanette…
… but was forced to marry Ann Franklin or risk scandal and blacklisting.
The Jeanette MacDonald Nelson Eddy romance was fraught with heartache, lost babies and emotional ups and downs. Nelson found solace in his music, his art and in nature. Still, he wore the tragedy on his face…
… and was only 65 when he collapsed onstage with a stroke, just two years after Jeanette’s death.
Below, from “New Moon”(1940). Today we celebrate Nelson’s life and artistry with a few glimpses precious moments on-film with Jeanette MacDonald. We will remember…
Today marks the anniversary of the passing of Jeanette MacDonald and her sister Blossom Rock. Blossom died 13 years to the day after Jeanette, having watched her sister’s success fade somewhat in the industry and in the younger generations who knew of Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and a handful of others still “hip” in Hollywood’s memory.
We now know the off-screen reality of the lives of both Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy were so very different than the public ever knew (although many suspected). Thank you, Blossom, for speaking up, not wanting her sister “to be forgotten”.
Nelson Eddy’s reaction to Jeanette’s death:
An interview with Blossom some months after Jeanette’s death:
Jeanette and Nelson’s last TV appearance together:
We’ve uploaded several other youtube videos of Jeanette and Nelson in recent months with more to come, so please subscribe to our channel to keep updated!
We continue to remember… with love.