Friday, June 18, 2010
Happy Birthday Jeanette MacDonald!
Jeanette MacDonald, was a singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier (Love Me Tonight, The Merry Widow) and Nelson Eddy (Naughty Marietta, Rose-Marie, and Maytime). During the 1930s and 1940s she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars (The Love Parade, One Hour With You, Naughty Marietta and San Francisco (1936). An adventure film directed by Woody Van Dyke, based on the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Cast: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, and Spencer Tracy. MacDonald's singing helped make this film a hit, coming on the heels of her other 1936 movie, Rose Marie. The Internet Movie Database reports that famous silent film directors D. W. Griffith and Erich von Stroheim contributed to the screenplay without screen credit. Griffith also helped direct the famous earthquake sequence.
She also performed in the grand opera, concerts, radio, and television. MacDonald was one of most influential sopranos of the 20th century.