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Overview for Jeanette MacDonald
Jeanette MacDonald

Jeanette MacDonald


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Also Known As: Died: January 14, 1965
Born: June 18, 1903 Cause of Death: heart attack following abdominal adhesions
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...


A number of sources gives MacDonald's year of birth as 1901 or 1902; MGM press releases and even MacDonald's tombstone give the year 1907.

Billed as 'the girl with the red-gold hair and sea-green eyes' on Broadway, and sometimes known for her strong will as the 'Iron Butterfly' in Hollywood circles

"Whether MacDonald starred with Maurice Chevalier or Nelson Eddy, she generally played a rich, spoiled, and sophisticated woman who eventually came to her senses and fell in love with the poor but charmingly sincere hero. It was a formula that worked because MacDonald, with her soprano voice and high-toned style, played female aristocrats convincingly." --Scott Siegel and Barbara Siegel ("The Encyclopedia of Hollywood", 1990)

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