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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 August 1908New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death 3 May 1998Los Angeles, California, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameRaymond Guion
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gene Raymond was born on August 13th, 1908 in New York City, as Raymond Guion. He was a child performer and a Broadway veteran by the age of 12. Gene a blond, husky, handsome actor had his greatest popularity in the 30s and early 40s. His big break came in Personal Maid (1931). He was soon cast in classic like Red Dust (1932) opposite Jean Harlow and Clark Gable and in Ex-Lady (1933) as Bette Davis ' husband. He was known around Hollywood as being a dependable leading man and an all-around great guy, with an almost pretty face and a pleasant singing voice. Raymond's career continued to grow with a starring role in Sadie McKee (1934) opposite Joan Crawford. Soon after he met and fell in love with MGM's star, the beautiful red-headed singer and actress Jeanette MacDonald. They married in 1937, after MacDonald completed her third of eight movies with, Nelson Eddy. Her fans may have wanted her to marry Nelson Eddy but it was Gene who stole her heart and she his. In 1941, he and Jeanette were cast opposite one another in Smilin' Through (1941) - their only picture together, and a picture they both treasured.

In 1948, Gene tried his hand at directing and producing Million Dollar Weekend (1948), but unfortunately it wasn't very successful. In 1949, he and Jeanette decided to slow down their careers - Jeanette left the movies, and he became very selective on the ones he did. They spent the next 14 years traveling together, and staying active in Hollywood society.

In 1963, Jeanette, who had a weak heart, had an arterial transplant, and Gene tried to nurse her back to health. In 1965, she had a heart attack and died with Gene by her side. This brought an end to their 28-year marriage, one of Hollywood's longest-lasting. Every year after her death, he attended the Jeanette MacDonald International Fan Club convention in Los Angeles. He shared stories with her fans and friends

  • a thing he once said he would "do till Jeanette and I are together


again".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Nel Bentley Hees (8 September 1974 - 1995) (her death)
Jeanette MacDonald (16 June 1937 - 14 January 1965) (her death)

Trivia (5)

Brother-in-law of Marie Blake, Jeanette's older sister who was also known as Blossom Rock. Marie is probably best remembered as Grandmama Addams from television's The Addams Family (1964).
Was a colonel in the Air Force Reserves.
Made one movie, Smilin' Through (1941), with wife, Jeanette MacDonald.
Performed on Broadway as Raymond Guion from his 1921 debut as a 12-year old through 1930. He returned briefly for another production in the 1957 flop, A Shadow of My Enemy.
Brother-in-law of Clarence Rock.

Personal Quotes (2)

[in 1972, about Jeanette MacDonald and their marriage] We had 28 glorious years. Jeanette and I respected and loved each other, very deeply. We put one another before anyone or anything. I am blessed to have known her, loved her and been loved by her - absolutely, an incredible lady!
It isn't really me that they admire, it's the men I portray. I could be the same person and drive a truck for a living and I'd go unnoticed.

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