Jeanette MacDonald (I) (1903–1965)

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She was the third daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald, younger sister to Blossom (MGM's character actress Marie Blake), whom she followed to New York and a chorus job in 1920. She was busy in a string of musical productions. In 1928 Paramount tested and rejected her, but a year later Ernst Lubitsch saw her test and picked her to play opposite ... See full bio »


(age 61) in Houston, Texas, USA

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Cairo Marcia Warren
Broadway Serenade Mary Hale
San Francisco Mary Blake


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 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Donna Lucia d'Alvadores
- Where's Charley? (1957) ... Donna Lucia d'Alvadores
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Martha Blessing
- Prima Donna (1956) ... Martha Blessing
 1949 The Sun Comes Up
Helen Lorfield Winter
 1948 Three Daring Daughters
Louise Rayton Morgan
 1944 Follow the Boys
Jeanette MacDonald
 1942 Cairo
Marcia Warren
 1942 I Married an Angel
Anna / Brigitta
 1941 Smilin' Through
Kathleen / Moonyean Clare
 1940 Bitter Sweet
Sarah Millick
 1940 New Moon
Marianne de Beaumanoir
 1939 Broadway Serenade
Mary Hale
 1938 Sweethearts
Gwen Marlowe
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Mary Robbins
 1937 The Firefly
Nina Maria Azara
 1937 Maytime
Marcia Mornay
 1936 San Francisco
Mary Blake
 1936 Rose-Marie
Marie de Flor
 1935 Naughty Marietta
 1935 The Merry Widow
 1934 The Merry Widow
 1934 The Cat and the Fiddle
 1932 Love Me Tonight
Princess Jeanette (as Jeanette Mac Donald)
 1932 One Hour with You
Colette Bertier
 1931 Annabelle's Affairs
Annabelle Leigh
 1931 Don't Bet on Women
Jeanne Drake
 1930 Oh, for a Man!
Carlotta Manson
 1930 The Lottery Bride
Jenny (as Jeanette Mac Donald)
 1930 Monte Carlo
Countess Helene Mara
 1930 Let's Go Native
Joan Wood
 1930 The Vagabond King
 1929 The Love Parade
Queen Louise
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Other Works:

(6/23/47) Radio: Appeared in a "Screen Guild Theater" production of "Rose Marie". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 9 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 4 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Jeanette Mac Donald


5' 4" (1.63 m)


Gene Raymond  (her death)


Marie Blake (sibling)

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[on being introduced to Nelson Eddy] He was a big, awkward hunk of a man, very shy. He made me feel uncomfortable because all he did was look at me. See more »


While co-starring with MacDonald in San Francisco, Clark Gable told co-workers that Jeanette was "such a holier-than-thou pain in the ass" that he used to deliberately order raw onions with his lunch whenever he knew they'd be shooting kissing scenes because she had repeatedly complained about his breath. See more »


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