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Also Known As: Died: March 6, 1967
Born: June 29, 1901 Cause of Death: stroke while performing onstage
Birth Place: Providence, Rhode Island, USA Profession: singer, actor, newspaper reporter, switchboard operator, shipping clerk

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Promising opera baritone with a wholesome masculinity and a resounding voice who vaulted to stardom opposite Jeanette MacDonald in a series of enormously popular MGM operettas in the 1930s and early 40s. The duo starred in eight films together, though the first three, "Naughty Marietta" (1935), "Rose Marie" (1936) and "Maytime" (1937), were the team's best. Though his film career is largely linked with MacDonald's, Eddy did enjoy some success opposite Eleanor Powell in the lavish "Rosalie" (1938) and with Rise Stevens in the witty "The Chocolate Soldier" (1941). He also provided several voices for the disappointing, uneven Disney offering, "Make Mine Music" (1946), delightfully performing the title role of the segment, "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met". After his film career petered out in the late 40s, Eddy returned to occasional concert work and made nightclub appearances.

Promising opera baritone with a wholesome masculinity and a resounding voice who vaulted to stardom opposite Jeanette MacDonald in a series of enormously popular MGM operettas in the 1930s and early 40s. The duo starred in eight films together, though the first three, "Naughty Marietta" (1935), "Rose Marie" (1936) and "Maytime" (1937), were the team's best. Though his film career is largely linked with MacDonald's, Eddy did enjoy some success opposite Eleanor Powell in the lavish "Rosalie" (1938) and with Rise Stevens in the witty "The Chocolate Soldier" (1941). He also provided several voices for the disappointing, uneven Disney offering, "Make Mine Music" (1946), delightfully performing the title role of the segment, "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met". After his film career petered out in the late 40s, Eddy returned to occasional concert work and made nightclub appearances.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Northwest Outpost (1947) Capt. Jim Laurence
2.
 Make Mine Music (1946) "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met"
3.
 Knickerbocker Holiday (1944) Brom Broeck
4.
 Phantom of the Opera (1943) Anatole Garron
5.
 I Married an Angel (1942) Count [Willie] Palaffi
6.
 The Chocolate Soldier (1941) Karl Lang [also known as Vassily Vassilievitch]
7.
 Bitter Sweet (1940) Carl Linden
8.
 New Moon (1940) Charles [Michon "also known as" Duke de Vidier]
9.
 Balalaika (1939) Peter
10.
 Let Freedom Ring (1939) Steve Logan
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Milestones close milestones

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Born and raised in the Rhode Island area
1915:
After parents' divorce, moved with mother to Philadelphia
:
Worked as a telephone operator, a classified ad salesman, advertising copywriter
1922:
Won competition to join Philadelphia Civic Opera
1924:
Pro debut as opera singer in "Aida" (Philadelphia Civic Opera)
1924:
Made New York debut at Met when Philadelphia Civic Opera visited there wtih "Pagliacci"
1928:
Gave first concert recital in Philadelphia
1933:
First appearance in film as singer in "Broadway to Hollywood" (sang one song)
1935:
Film acting debut in "Naughty Marietta" (with Jeanette MacDonald); achieved instant star status
1938:
First starring role sans MacDonald, "Rosalie", co-starring Eleanor Powell
1942:
Contract dropped by MGM after "I Married an Angel", his last film opposite MacDonald
1943:
Played the romantic lead in Universal's remake of the silent classic, "Phantom of the Opera", with Claude Rains in the title role
1946:
Provided several voices for the Disney animated feature, "Make Mine Music", most notably for the title character in the delightful episode, "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met"
1947:
Last film, "Northwest Outpost", a modestly budgeted musical operetta made at Republic Studios and featuring his "Balalaika" (1939) co-star, Ilona Massey
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Notes

Eddy was reportedly a descendant of US President Martin Van Buren

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Ann Franklin. Married in 1939 until his death; previously wed to director Sidney Franklin with whom she had one son; died on August 28, 1987.
companion:
Jeanette MacDonald. Singer, actor. Reportedly had an on-again, off-again relationship.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Isabel Eddy. Separated from Eddy's father c. 1915.
father:
William Darius Eddy. Machinist. Separated from Eddy's mother c. 1915.
half-sister:
Virginia Eddy. Born c. 1926.
step-son:
Sidney Franklin Jr. Survived him.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy"
"The Complete Films of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald" Citadel Press
"Nelson Eddy: A Bio-Discography" Scarecrow Press
"Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair On-Screen and Off Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy" Donald I. Fine, Inc.
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Contributions

suningdale ( 2007-07-03 )

Source: "Nelson Eddy America's Favorite Baritone" by Gail Lulay

Hello, There is another excellent book that I would suggest adding to Nelson Eddy's Bibliography list of books. The book is: "Nelson Eddy America's Favorite Baritone -An Authorized Biographical Tribute" by Gail Lulay. Thank you for your consideration. Blair Hinds

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