Sweethearts: Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy Biography on Sale in March!
Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair Onscreen and Off Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Based on previously unpublished love letters, diaries, memoirs, 200+ interviews and the author's friendship with Jeanette's older sister, actress Blossom Rock. "Offers considerable proof of their romance, per Robert Osborne in the March TCM program guide. "One of the finest books about MGM and Hollywood during the Golden Era. You will enjoy every word of Sweethearts and you will find a new meaning when viewing their musicals. Then you'll read it a second time. -Jane Ellen Wayne, The Golden Guys of MGM.
Jeanette MacDonald Autobiography: The Lost Manuscript. In 1960, Jeanette hired magazine writer Fredda Dudley Balling to ghostwrite her autobiography. Balling's own letters help explain why it was never published; Jeanette's handwritten comments are on nearly every page of the unfinished manuscript. Annotated and with an introduction by Sharon Rich.
Nelson Eddy: The Opera Years. Complete coverage of Nelson's early career, 1922-35. Includes his personal clippings, handwritten notations, all his operatic roles, oratorios, radio, earliest interviews and insight into his youthful romances. Bonus chapter includes Jeanette MacDonald's opera career plus coverage and rare photos of their operatic scenes in the lost "Tosca" Act II from Maytime. Also, excerpts from an unproduced movie script written by Nelson on the life of Feodor Chaliapin, in which he had planned to play dual roles--Chaliapin and himself.
Jeanette MacDonald: The Irving Stone Letters. The complete handwritten correspondence of love letters written by young Broadway starlet (and later MGM star) Jeanette MacDonald to her beau (1927-28) Irving Stone. The letters, postcards and telegrams continued until 1938, providing amazing details of her movie career, health problems including a 1929 heart attack, her private life—and Nelson Eddy. Annotated by Sharon Rich.
The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay, new introduction by Sharon Rich and comments by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The movie they never made! In 1948, Nelson Eddy chose this 1909 novel as a possible film vehicle for himself and Jeanette for their proposed MGM comeback. The musical Jane Eyre-like plot would have been perfect for them, plus Jeanette wrote Nelson while on concert tour: "The story is so like the course of our own lives it was amazing. The original novel plus a new introduction and photos explains the MacDonald-Eddy connection.
Sharon Rich is considered by many to be the foremost authority on MacDonald and Eddy. She has written many magazine articles, has lectured in the U.S. and abroad, and was a guest speaker at the AFI (East Coast), where the launch party was held for Sweethearts in 1994. Sweethearts was a selection of the Entertainment Book Club and the #1 Best Seller on Booksurge.com for 4 weeks. In 1995 Rich was awarded a Dame of Merit by the Knights of Malta for her contribution to History and Literature. She has provided a free interactive biography, extensive interviews and other documentation at www.maceddy.com. Contact info: Sharon Rich, email@example.com, 212-475-2703.