Candids: The Hollywood Years


Jeanette MacDonald was an extrovert by nature. She liked people and she socialized in Hollywood with her husband. Her Hollywood friends included Norma Shearer, Irene Dunne, Fredric March, Basil Rathbone, Harold Lloyd, Lily Pons and Dolores Del Rio. MacDonald also had her own radio show, Vicks Open House which was broadcast from 1937 to 1938 n CBS Radio.



Caricaturists found Jeanette MacDonald a good subject to lampoon. Images of her appeared everywhere from Sardi's in New York to MGM publicity advertisements for exhibitors.

Music Sheets


Back in the days when music sheets sold in music stores, everything that Jeanette MacDonald sang in films was published in music sheets for the public to enjoy.



Jeanette MacDonald being a major Hollywood star appeared on the covers of many leading fan magazines of the day.



In the 1930s and 1940s Jeanette MacDonald endorsed many products from radios and beauty products to record albums.


Gable's death

Jeanette MacDonald died on January 14, 1965 in Houston, TX while awaiting emergency heart surgery. Gene Raymond was at her deathbed. She was 61. Her funeral at Forest Lawn Cemetery was the largest held in Hollywood for the 1960s, attracting 10,000 fans as well as the famous from show business and politics, people like Jack Oakie, Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Allan Jones, Lew Ayres, Ralph Edwards, José Iturbi, Leon Ames, Lloyd Nolan, Mary Pickford, Greer Garson, Jane Powell, Irene Dunne, Alfred Hitchcock, Maurice Chevalier, Joe Pasternak, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Senator George Murphy, Senator Barry Goldwater and Nelson Eddy.

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