Jeanette MacDonald (I) (1903–1965)

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She was the third daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald, younger sister to Blossom (MGM's character actress Marie Blake), whom she followed to New York and a chorus job in 1920. She was busy in a string of musical productions. In 1928 Paramount tested and rejected her, but a year later Ernst Lubitsch saw her test and picked her to play opposite ... See full bio »


(age 61) in Houston, Texas, USA

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Cairo Marcia Warren
Broadway Serenade Mary Hale
San Francisco Mary Blake
Smilin' Through Kathleen / Moonyean Clare


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 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (Video documentary) (performer: "Isn't It Romantic?" - uncredited)
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (Video documentary) (performer: "Sweethearts" - uncredited)
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical (Video documentary) (performer: "My Love Parade", "Love Me Tonight" - uncredited)
 1996 California's Gold (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Yosemite Firefall (1996) ... (performer: "Indian Love Call" (1924) - uncredited)
 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Documentary) (performer: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" (1910) - uncredited)
 1990 Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (performer: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1982 Hooray for Hollywood (Documentary) (performer: "Love Me Tonight")
 1978 The Waltons (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Spring Fever (1978) ... (performer: "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life")
 1976 That's Entertainment, Part II (Documentary) (performer: "Lover, Come Back to Me" (1928), "For Ev'ry Lonely Heart" (1939) - uncredited)
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (performer: "Indian Love Call" (1924) - uncredited)
 1965 The Love Goddesses (Documentary) (performer: "Lover" (uncredited), "A Woman Needs Something Like That")
 1957 The Big Record (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... (performer: "Italian Street Song", "Naughty Marietta Medley" (uncredited), "Will You Remember? (Sweetheart)")
 1955-1956 MGM Parade (TV Series documentary) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.24 (1956) ... (performer: "The Donkey Song" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.16 (1955) ... (performer: "Czaritza" - uncredited)
 1950 Moments in Music (Documentary short) (performer: "Wanting You")
 1949 The Sun Comes Up (performer: "Un Bel Di", "Songs My Mother Taught Me", "Tes Yeux", "If You Were Mine", "Cousin Ebenezer" - uncredited)
 1948 Three Daring Daughters (performer: "THE DICKEY-BIRD-SONG", "WHERE THERE'S LOVE", "SPRINGTIDE (Der Frühling, Op. 33, No. 2)", "YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU", "HUNGARIAN FANTASY", "SWEETHEARTS" - uncredited)
 1944 Follow the Boys (performer: "Beyond the Blue Horizon" (1930), "I'll See You in My Dreams" (1924) - uncredited)
 1942 Cairo (performer: "Cairo" (1942) (uncredited), "Les Filles de Cadix" (1885) (uncredited), "The Waltz is Over" (1942) (uncredited), "A Heart That's Free" (1936) (uncredited), "Il bacio (The Kiss)" (uncredited), "Chi mi frena (The Sextet)" (1835) (uncredited), "To a Wild Rose", "From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water" (1909) (uncredited), "Beautiful Ohio" (1918) (uncredited), "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (1912) (uncredited), "Avalon" (1920) (uncredited), "There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)" (1823) (uncredited), "Keep the Light Burning Bright" (1942) (uncredited))
 1942 I Married an Angel ("I Married an Angel" (1938), "A Twinkle In Your Eye" (1938)) / (performer: "I Married an Angel" (1938), "Spring Is Here" (1938), "Now You've Met The Angel" (1942), "But What Of Truth" (1942), "A Twinkle In Your Eye" (1938), "Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy song)" from the opera "Carmen" (1875), "Anges Purs" from the opera "Faust" (1859), "Aloha Oe" (1908))
 1941 Smilin' Through ("Smilin' Through" (1918), uncredited) / (performer: "Smilin' Through" (1918) (uncredited), "The Kerry Dance" (1875) (uncredited), "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes" (1616) (uncredited), "A Little Love, a Little Kiss (Un peu d'amour)" (1912), "Ouvre ton Coeur" (uncredited), "There's a Long, Long Trail" (1915) (uncredited), "Land of Hope and Glory" (1901) (uncredited))
 1940 Bitter Sweet ("Dear Little Cafe" (1929), uncredited) / (performer: "I'll See You Again" (1929), "If You Could Only Come With Me" (1929), "What Is Love" (1929), "Kiss Me" (1929), "Love In Any Language" (1929), "Dear Little Cafe" (1929), "Ladies Of The Town" (1929), "Zigeuner (The Gypsy)" (1929) - uncredited)
 1940 The Miracle of Sound (Documentary short) (performer: "Dear Little Cafe" - uncredited)
 1940 New Moon (performer: "Paree (Stranger in Paris)" (1940), "The Way They Do It in Paris" (1940), "One Kiss" (1928), "Wanting You" (1928), "Lover, Come Back to Me" (1928), "Ombra Mai Fú" (1738), "Marianne" (1928), "La Marseillaises" (1792) - uncredited)
 1939 Broadway Serenade ("For Ev'ry Lonely Heart" (1939), "High Flyin'", "One Look at You" (1939), uncredited) / (performer: "For Ev'ry Lonely Heart" (1939) (uncredited), "Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay" (1908) (uncredited), "What You Goin' to Do When the Rent Comes 'Round? (Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown)" (1905) (uncredited), "Hearts Win, You Lose" (uncredited), "Love's Old Sweet Song (Just a Song at Twilight)" (1884) (uncredited), "A-Tisket A-Tasket" (1938) (uncredited), "(Here We Go 'Round) The Mulberry Bush" (uncredited), "None But the Lonely Heart (Nur Wer die Sehnsucht Kennt)" (1880) (uncredited), "High Flyin'" (uncredited), "One Look at You" (1939) (uncredited), "No Time To Argue" (1939) (uncredited), "Time Changes Everything" (1939), "Un Bel Di" (1904) (uncredited), "Les Filles de Cadix" (1885) (uncredited), "Italian Street Song" (1910) (uncredited), "Quando M'En Vo (Musetta's Waltz)" (1896) (uncredited))
 1938 Sweethearts ("Every Lover Must Meet His Fate" (1938), uncredited) / (performer: "Sweethearts" (1938), "Wooden Shoes" (1938), "Auld Lang Syne" (1788), "Pretty as a Picture" (1938), "Game of Love" (1938), "Message of the Violet" (1903), "Keep It Dark" (1903), "Summer Serenade" (1938), "Little Gray Home in the West" (1911), "In the Convent They Never Taught Me That" (1913), "Madamoiselle" (1938) - uncredited)
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West ("Shadows On The Moon" (1938), "Señorita" (1938), "Who Are We To Say" (1938), uncredited) / (performer: "The Wind In The Trees" (1938), "Liebestraum (Dream of Love)" (1850), "Ave Maria" (1853), "Mariache" (1938), "Who Are We To Say" (1938) - uncredited)
 1937 The Firefly ("A Woman's Kiss", uncredited) / (performer: "Love Is Like a Firefly", "Danse Jeanette", "Sympathy", "He Who Loves and Runs Away", "When a Maid Comes Knocking at Your Heart", "I Love You Don Diego", "Para la Salud", "The Donkey Serenade", "Giannina Mia: Finale" - uncredited)
 1937 Maytime (performer: "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" (uncredited), "Santa Lucia" (uncredited), "Czaritza" (based on Symphony No. 5), "Will You Remember (Sweetheart)?", "Les filles de Cadix", "Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse", "Nobles seigneur, salut", Cavatine du Page "Une dame, noble et sage")
 1936 San Francisco (performer: "San Francisco" (1936), "Would You" (1936), "Love Me and the World Is Mine" (1906) (uncredited), "A Heart That's Free" (1910) (uncredited), "The Holy City" (1892) (uncredited), "Faust: Air des bijoux (The Jewel Song)" (1859) (uncredited), "Faust: Il se fait tard" (1859) (uncredited), "Faust: Anges purs" (1859) (uncredited), "La Traviata: Sempre Libera" (1853) (uncredited), "Nearer My God to Thee" (1856) (uncredited), "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (circa 1856) (uncredited))
 1936 Rose-Marie (performer: "Roméo et Juliette" (1867), "Pardon Me Madame" (1936), "Dinah" (1925), "Some of These Days" (1910), "Indian Love Call" (1924), "Three Blind Mice", "Tosca" (1900) - uncredited)
 1935 Naughty Marietta (performer: "Chansonette" (1910), "Prayer" (1910), "Italian Street Song" (1910), "Ship Ahoy" (1910), "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" (1910) - uncredited)
 1934 The Merry Widow (performer: "Vilia" (1905), "Tonight Will Teach Me to Forget" (1905), "The Merry Widow Waltz" (1905), "If Widows Are Rich" (1905), "Melody of Laughter" (1905) - uncredited)
 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle ("A New Love is Old" (1931), "The Night Was Made for Love" (1931), "One Moment Alone" (1931), uncredited) / (performer: "Impressions in a Harlem Flat" (1931), "She Didn't Say Yes" (1931), "The Night Was Made for Love" (1931), "I Watched the Love Parade" (1931), "Poor Pierrot" (1931), "Try to Forget" (1931) - uncredited)
 1933 Hollywood on Parade No. A-7 (Short) (performer: "Love Me Tonight")
 1932 Love Me Tonight (performer: "Isn't It Romantic?" (1932) (uncredited), "Lover" (L'Amour est un Rêve), "Mimi", "A Woman Needs Something Like That" (1932) (uncredited))
 1932 One Hour with You (performer: "One Hour with You" (Une Heure près de Toi), "We Will Always be Sweetheharts" (Coeur contre Coeur), "What Would you Do ?" (Qu'Auriez-vous Fait ?), "Oh that Mitzi !" (Oh cette Mitzi !), "What a Little Thing Like a Wedding Can Do", "It Was Only a Dream Kiss" - uncredited)
 1930 The Lottery Bride (performer: "YUBLA" (1930), "MY NORTHERN LIGHT" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 Monte Carlo (performer: "Beyond The Blue Horizon", "Give Me A Moment Please", "Always in All Ways", "She'll Love Me and Like It", "Whatever It Is, It's Grand" - uncredited)
 1930 The Vagabond King (performer: "Some Day", "Only a Rose", "Finale: Only a Rose" - uncredited)
 1929 The Love Parade (performer: "Dream Lover" (1929), "Anything to Please the Queen" (1929), "My Love Parade" (1929), "March of the Grenadiers" (1929) - uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared a\(as "Jean Elva Adams") in "Boom Boom" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music / Music Orchestrated by Werner Janssen. Book by Fanny Todd Mitchell. From the play "Mlle. Ma Mere" by Louis Verneuil. Lyrics by Mann Holiner and J. Keirn Brennan. Musical Director: Tom Jones. Choreographed by John Boyle. Scenic Design by Watson ... See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 9 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Jeanette Mac Donald


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[when asked by friend Samuel Griffin in the 1950s why she married Gene Raymond instead of Nelson Eddy] I must have had rocks in my head. See more »


1937: Screen Actors Guild awarded Jeanette the Best Performance Award, for Maytime (1937). See more »


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