Author’s Note: This was originally meant for two weeks ago but I had trouble writing it. I’m still not very happy with the outcome, but it is complete. I may revisit Jeanette in the future and rewrite this better.
In the United States, we celebrate our Independence Day on July 4th. This month’s theme is going to be American women of history. While Canada also celebrates Canada Day in the month of July, I’ll be doing Canadian women of history another month.
Our first WHO is Jeanette MacDonald. Jeanette MacDonald is an American Actress from the 1930s. About a decade ago, my grandmother and I, who liked to watch old classic films together, started watching operettas, in particular the ones done by Jeanette and her frequent Co-star Nelson Eddy. We collected movies, stills and other things relating to Jeanette and Nelson.
Jeannette Anna MacDonald was born on June 18th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The year of her birth is somewhat of a mystery as different records say different things. According to a baptismal record, the year of her birth was in 1903. However, later in life Jeanette would change her name (dropping an n), and her year of birth (Saying it was 1907). Even her gravestone lists the 1907 date, and her widower, Gene Raymond, would continue to insist it was 1907. However, several sources now list the 1903 date as accurate. Continue reading