Jeanette MacDonald

Actor, Singer, Chorus girl
A gifted, vivacious Broadway soprano, the red-haired Jeanette MacDonald entered films in 1929 under the auspices of Ernst Lubitsch at Paramount and showed a flair for sophisticated comedy in a number of his spicy ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1903 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Maytime 1936 (Movie)

(Miss Morrison/Marcia Mornay) (Actor)

San Francisco 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Naughty Marietta 1934 (Movie)

Princess Marie de Namours de la Bonfain (Actor)

The Merry Widow 1933 (Movie)

Sonia (Actor)

Love Me Tonight 1931 (Movie)

Princess Jeanette (Actor)

One Hour With You 1931 (Movie)

Colette Bertier (Actor)

Broadway Serenade (Movie)

Mary Hale (Actor)

I Married an Angel (Movie)

Anna Zador/Brigitta (Actor)

Let's Go Native (Movie)

Joan Wood (Actor)

New Moon (Movie)

Marianne de Beaumanoir (Actor)

Smilin' Through (Movie)

Moonyean Clare (Actor)

Sweethearts (Movie)

Gwen Marlowe (Actor)

The Firefly (Movie)

Nina Maria Azara (Actor)

The Girl of the Golden West (Movie)

Mary Robbins (Actor)

The Lottery Bride (Movie)

Jenny Swanson (Actor)

The Love Parade (Movie)

Queen Louise (Actor)

The Sun Comes Up (Movie)

Helen Lorfield Winter (Actor)

The Vagabond King (Movie)

Katherine de Vaucelles (Actor)

Three Daring Daughters (Movie)

Louise Rayton Morgan (Actor)

Biography

A gifted, vivacious Broadway soprano, the red-haired Jeanette MacDonald entered films in 1929 under the auspices of Ernst Lubitsch at Paramount and showed a flair for sophisticated comedy in a number of his spicy Continental musicals, especially opposite Maurice Chevalier. In such films as "The Love Parade" (1929), "Oh, For a Man" (1930) and "One Hour With You" (1932), MacDonald was typically cast as girlish but aristocratic types who display a surprising aptitude for risque banter when the occasion demands. Her best film from this early period was Rouben Mamoulian's superb "Love Me Tonight" (1932), opposite Chevalier.

Relationships

Kid Rock Actor

Companion
at one time were engaged MacDonald broke it off because of his womanizing

Anna M MacDonald

Mother

Marie Blake

Sister
born in 1899 died in 1978 married to Warren Rock with whom she toured in vaudeville perhaps best remembered as Sally the switchboard operator in the long-running "Dr. Kildare" series of films and (billed as Blossom Rock) as Grandmama in "The Addams Family" on television

Nelson Eddy Actor

Companion

Daniel MacDonald

Father

Gene Raymond Actor

Husband
Married from June 16, 1937 until her death in 1965

Elsie Scheiter

Sister
born c. 1896 died on October 2, 1970

EDUCATION

Washington Irving High School

New York, New York

Julia Richman High School

New York, New York

Milestones

1963

Had arterial transplant performed

1959

Collapsed while watching husband Gene Raymond performing in a play; rushed to hospital with appendicitis; later developed hepatitis

1949

Last film appearance, opposite Claude Jarman Jr. and Lassie, in "The Sun Comes Up"

1948

Returned to film after four-year absence in "Three Daring Daughters"

1944

Set a concert attendance record at the Hollywood Bowl

1942

Made opera debut in Montreal in "Romeo and Juliet" opposite Ezio Pinza

1941

Final film under MGM contract, "Cairo"

1941

Last of 8 films opposite Eddy, "I Married an Angel"

1940

Starred in "Smilin' Through" opposite her husband, Gene Raymond

1936

Appeared in most successful MGM film sans Eddy, "San Francisco"; that same year MacDonald made motion pictures exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars, placing 8th

1935

First film opposite Nelson Eddy, "Naughty Marietta"

1934

Last of 4 films opposite Chevalier, Lubitsch's "The Merry Widow"

1933

Signed contract with MGM

1932

Made last film at Paramount, "Love Me Tonight", opposite Chevalier

1932

Set sail for Europe in December to give more extended concert tour

1931

Journeyed to Europe to give concerts in Paris and London to dispel rumor that she had been killed by the irate wife of a prince with whom MacDonald was supposedly having an affair and that her "twin sister" had taken over her screen career

1929

Made film debut opposite Maurice Chevalier in Lubitsch's "The Love Parade"

1928

Made unsuccessful Paramount screen test

1921

Broadway debut as chorus girl in "The Night Boat"

Reportedly seen by Paramount film star Richard Dix, who asked the studio to give her a screen test

Made first stage appearance (unexpectedly) at age 3; recited "Old Mother Hubbard"

Signed contract with Paramount after Ernst Lubitsch saw the screen test

Appeared mostly in concert tours, opera and on radio during 1940s; also kept busy with war benefits and charity performances

Appeared in a number of Broadway musicals during the 1920s, including "The Magic Ring", "Yes, Yes, Yvette", "Tip Toes", "Boom Boom", "Bubbling Over", "Sunny Days", and "Angela"

Bonus Trivia

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A number of sources gives MacDonald's year of birth as 1901 or 1902; MGM press releases and even MacDonald's tombstone give the year 1907.

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Billed as 'the girl with the red-gold hair and sea-green eyes' on Broadway, and sometimes known for her strong will as the 'Iron Butterfly' in Hollywood circles

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