Jeanette MacDonald was an actress and singer known for starring in a number of musicals with Maurice Chevalier in the 1930s and Nelson Eddy in the 1940s. Whenever I come across photos of her from The Merry Widow (on my shortlist), Firefly, or New Moon I gasp at just how beautiful she was. And, of course, she starred with Clark Gable in San Francisco! Let’s take a turn about MacDonald’s career, it’s so refreshing!*
*Bonus points if you know what I’m quoting. Yes it’s totally off-topic.
The Vagabond King (1930)
In medieval France, King Louis XI appoints a peasant as king for a day.
The Merry Widow (1934)
A playboy is ordered to court a rich widow in a fictional late-nineteenth-century kingdom. Costumes by the famed Adrian.
Naughty Marietta (1935)
San Francisco (1936)
An aging opera singer looks back at her life.
The Firefly (1937)
During the Napoleonic Wars, MacDonald plays a Spanish spy under cover as a singer.
The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
A musical western where MacDonald falls in love with an outlaw (Nelson Eddy again).
Bitter Sweet (1940)
A romance ensues between a music teacher and his student.
New Moon (1940)
Another 18th-century New Orleans setting, this time a French nobleman in disguise leads a revolt on a ship.
What’s your favorite Jeanette MacDonald performance?