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Nelson Eddy
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Vocalist
    (June 29, 1901-March 6, 1967)
    Born in Providence, Rhode Island
    Best known for his films with Jeanette MacDonald: 'Naughty Marietta' (1935), 'Rose Marie' (1936), 'Maytime' (1937), 'Girl of the Golden West' (1938), 'Sweethearts' (1938), 'New Moon' (1940), 'Bitter Sweet' (1940) and 'I Married an Angel' (1942)
    Also appeared in 'Dancing Lady' (1933), 'Rosalie' (1937), 'Balalaika' (1939), 'Phantom of the Opera' (1943) and 'Knickerbocker Holiday' (1944)
    Provided the voice of Willie the Whale in 'Make Mine Music' (1946)
    He worked as an advertising copywriter until he was fired for singing on the job.
    He fathered a son out of wedlock with ex-girlfriend Maybelle Marston in the early 30s.
    An MGM sound engineer said that he and MacDonald 'hated each other with a vengeance.'
    He refused to watch his movies, saying 'I was too ashamed of them.'
    He was the highest-paid singer of the early 30s, earning $10,000 a performance.
    He was an accomplished sculptor and a bronze statue he made of actress Susanna Foster was used in the film 'The Phantom of the Opera.'
    During World War II, he went on a 35,000-mile worldwide tour performing for Allied soldiers (1943).
    He suffered a fatal stroke while performing his nightclub act.

Credit: C. Fishel


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