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Nelson Eddy

Biography

Classically trained baritone and star of eight MGM musicals with Jeanette MacDonald. He offers three stars for the Hollywood Walk of Popularity. A divorce and near-poverty impacted his existence, forcing him to go with his mom and sibling to Philadelphia. He got correspondence classes, but under no circumstances received an educational level. He sang a favorite cover of “Shortnin’ Breads” for the film Maytime. He wedded Ann Denitz on January 19, 1939. He sang at Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inauguration.

Quick Facts


Full Name Nelson Eddy
Date Of Birth June 29, 1901
Died March 6, 1967, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Place Of Birth Providence, RI
Profession Opera Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Ann Denitz
Children Jon Eddy
Parents William Darius Eddy, Caroline Isabelle Kendrick
Siblings Clark Kendrick
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Movies Rose-Marie, Maytime, Naughty Marietta, Sweethearts, New Moon, The Girl of the Golden West, I Married an Angel, Phantom of the Opera, Rosalie, Balalaika, Make Mine Music, Bitter Sweet, The Chocolate Soldier, Dancing Lady, Northwest Outpost, Let Freedom Ring, Knickerbocker Holiday, Student Tour
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1In 1963 Ross Hunter tried to entice MacDonald and Eddy back onto the screen as an aging married couple who find themselves suddenly about to have a baby. They declined.
2When Eddy first went on tour ("hoping for $50 a concert and glad to get $25") in 1928, he hired Theodore Paxson, who remained Eddy's accompanist for four decades.
3Studio head Louis B. Mayer hired singer Igor Gorin as a backup in case Eddy became temperamental, but he never did and Gorin never played a role intended for Eddy.
4In the last years of his life, his work schedule didn't vary. He dropped his concerts and concentrated on his nightclub act, touring 40 weeks a year with pretty blonde Gale Sherwood as his singing partner.
5In 1959 after 23 years "Indian Love Call" hit the million mark in sales.
6Eddy appeared with MacDonald on Gordon MacRae's TV show in 1956. They each sang a solo and collaborated on a duet. Most critics agreed that her voice had faded. In 1957 and 1958 they collaborated on an album of their movie hits entitled "Favorites in Hi-Fi.".
7He was a lifelong supporter of the Republican party.
8At a MGM exhibitors sales convention in February 1949 it was announced that Metro would probably reunite Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald to star for producer Joe Pasternak in "His Excellency from Brazil." By the time the film was released the title had been changed to "Nancy Goes to Rio" and the parts were played by Ann Sothern and Barry Sullivan.
9Plans to re-team Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald were announced by RKO in July 1945. Studio chief Charles Koerner was preparing a film version of the 1931 Sigmund Romberg & Oscar Hammerstein II stage musical "East Wind" to be filmed in Technicolor. Koerner's sudden death in February 1946 and the subsequent change in studio management ended the project.
10Louis B. Mayer ordered Eddy to test for his debut in Broadway to Hollywood (1933). The 33-year old newcomer took a record 58 takes before the exasperated test director gave up. Despite this failure, Mayer overruled the general consensus of Eddy's acting talent and ordered him used for a singing sequence in the film only.
11He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6311 Hollywood Boulevard; for Radio at 6512 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Recording at 1639 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
12His duets with Jeanette MacDonald are lampooned in the musical "A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine." In the show, a movie star named Jeanette sings the song, "Oh, Nelson, What You're Putting Me Through" -- an operatic lament about her boring co-star -- while standing with a mannequin dressed in a Canadian Mounties uniform.
13Was portrayed by Mick Hucknall in De-Lovely (2004). In the movie, his portrayal was a cameo.
14There is a street in Hollywood Forever cemetery now named for him.
15He was an accomplished sculptor, and often crafted bronze statues of his co-stars and directors. The statue he made of Susanna Foster was used in her film Phantom of the Opera (1943).
16Was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity.
17He had a stepson, Sidney Franklin Jr..
18He had one child, Jon, with ex-girlfriend Maybelle Marston, born sometime in the early 1930s.
19Distantly related to U.S. President Martin Van Buren.
20Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA, Section B, across the street from the Cathedral Mausoluem and a bit to the right.
21Hosted his own weekly radio show in the 1950s
22Suffered a fatal stroke while performing in concert.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing2009Video documentary performer: "Sweethearts" - uncredited
Flawless1999performer: "Stouthearted Men"
That's Entertainment! III1994Documentary performer: "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" 1910 - uncredited
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge1990performer: "Stouthearted Men", "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life"
The Waltons1978TV Series performer - 1 episode
That's Entertainment, Part II1976Documentary performer: "Stouthearted Men" 1928, "Lover, Come Back to Me" 1928 - uncredited
That's Entertainment!1974performer: "Indian Love Call" 1924 - uncredited
The Mike Douglas Show1966TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hollywood Palace1965TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show1956-1960TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Lux Show1958TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Big Record1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Spike Jones Show1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
Make Room for Daddy1956TV Series performer - 1 episode
MGM Parade1955TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Bob Hope Show1954TV Series performer - 1 episode
This Is Your Life1953TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Colgate Comedy Hour1953TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Alan Young Show1951TV Series performer - 1 episode
Moments in Music1950Documentary short performer: "Wanting You"
The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met1946Short performer: "Largo al factotum" - uncredited
Make Mine Music1946"The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met" 1946 / performer: "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met" 1946, "Shortnin' Bread" 1900 uncredited, "Largo al factotum" 1816 uncredited, "Chi mi freno in tal momento?" 1835 uncredited, "Pseudo I Pagliacci Passage' 1946 uncredited, "Tristan und Isolde" 1865 uncredited, "Mefistofele" 1867 uncredited, "Mag der Himmel Euch Verbegen" 1847 uncredited / writer: "Pseudo I Pagliacci Passage' 1946 - uncredited
Knickerbocker Holiday1944lyrics: "Jail Song Oh Woe!", "Holiday" - uncredited
Phantom of the Opera1943performer: "LULLABY OF THE BELLS", "MARTHA Act III, opera excerpt", "AMOUR ET GLOIRE", "LE PRINCE MASQUE DU CAUCASUS" - uncredited
I Married an Angel1942"I Married an Angel" 1938 / performer: "Spring Is Here" 1938, "I'll Tell The Man In The Street" 1938, "Hey Butcher" 1942, "May I Present The Girl" 1942, "Now You've Met The Angel" 1942, "Les tringles des sistres tintaient Gypsy song" from the opera "Carmen" 1875
The Chocolate Soldier1941"My Hero" 1909, uncredited / performer: "My Hero" 1909, "Thank the Lord the War Is Over" 1909, "Evening Star" 1845, "Sympathy" 1909, "Song of the Flea" 1879, "While My Lady Sleeps" 1941, "The Chocolate Soldier" 1909, "Forgive" 1909 - uncredited
The Miracle of Sound1940Documentary short performer: "Dear Little Cafe" - uncredited
Bitter Sweet1940performer: "I'll See You Again" 1929, "If You Could Only Come With Me" 1929, "What Is Love" 1929, "Tokay" 1929, "Dear Little Cafe" 1929 - uncredited
New Moon1940"La Marseillaises" 1792, uncredited / performer: "Shoes" 1940, "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" 1928, "Wanting You" 1928, "Lover, Come Back to Me" 1928, "Stouthearted Men" 1928, "Marianne" 1928 - uncredited
Balalaika1939performer: "At the Balalaika", "Ride, Cossack, Ride", "Carmen", "Silent Night Stille Nacht", "Ochi Tchornya"
Let Freedom Ring1939"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" 1912, uncredited / performer: "Dusty Road" 1939, "Love Serenade" 1939, "Oh! Susanna" 1848 uncredited, "Home, Sweet, Home" 1823 uncredited, "Ten Thousand Cattle Straying" 1904 uncredited, "Pat, Sez He" uncredited, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" 1912 uncredited, "Where Else But Here" 1939 uncredited, "America, My Country 'Tis of Thee" 1832 uncredited
Sweethearts1938performer: "Sweethearts" 1938, "Every Lover Must Meet His Fate" 1938, "Auld Lang Syne" 1788, "Pretty as a Picture" 1938, "Game of Love" 1938, "Message of the Violet" 1903, "Keep It Dark" 1903, "On Parade" 1938, "Little Gray Home in the West" 1911 - uncredited
The Girl of the Golden West1938"Shadows On The Moon" 1938, "Soldiers Of Fortune" 1938, "Señorita" 1938, uncredited / performer: "Señorita" 1938, "Mariache" 1938, "Who Are We To Say" 1938 - uncredited
Rosalie1937"Rosalie" 1937, uncredited / performer: "Rosalie" 1937, "The Caisson Song" 1907, "On, Brave Old Army Team" 1910, "Anchors Aweigh" 1906, "Who Knows?" 1937, "M'appari tutt'amor" from the opera "Martha" 1847, "In the Still of the Night" 1937, "Goodbye Forever Addio", "It's All Over But the Shouting" 1937, "To Love or Not To Love" 1937, "Gaudeamus Igitur", "Oh Promise Me" 1889 - uncredited
Maytime1937performer: "Will You Remember Sweetheart?", "Plantons da Vigne" uncredited, "Vive l'Opera", "Ham and Eggs", "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" uncredited, "Santa Lucia" uncredited, "Czaritza" based on Symphony No. 5
Rose-Marie1936performer: "The Mounties" 1924, "Rose Marie" 1924, "Just for You" 1936, "Indian Love Call" 1924 - uncredited
Naughty Marietta1935performer: "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" 1910, "The Owl and the Polecat" 1910, "Neath the Southern Moon" 1910, "Italian Street Song" 1910, "I'm Falling in Love with Someone" 1910, "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life" 1910 - uncredited
Student Tour1934performer: "The Carlo" 1934
Dancing Lady1933performer: " That's The Rhythm of the Day" 1933
Broadway to Hollywood1933performer: "In the Garden of My Heart" 1908 - uncredited
Handlebars1933Short performer: "Daisy Belle Bicycle Built For Two"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Make Room for Daddy1956TV SeriesNelson Eddy
The Desert Song1955TV MoviePierre The Red Shadow
Northwest Outpost1947Captain Jim Laurence
The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met1946ShortNarrator / voices (voice)
Make Mine Music1946Narrator / Willie / Whitey / ... (voice)
Knickerbocker Holiday1944Brom Broeck
Phantom of the Opera1943Anatole Garron
I Married an Angel1942Count Palaffi
The Chocolate Soldier1941Karl Lang
Bitter Sweet1940Carl Linden
New Moon1940Charles
Balalaika1939Prince Peter Karagin, aka Peter Teranda
Let Freedom Ring1939Steve Logan
Sweethearts1938Ernest Lane
The Girl of the Golden West1938Ramirez / Lieutenant Johnson
Rosalie1937Dick Thorpe
Maytime1937Paul Allison
Rose-Marie1936Sergeant Bruce
Naughty Marietta1935Warrington
Student Tour1934Singer
Dancing Lady1933Nelson Eddy
Broadway to Hollywood1933John Sylvester (uncredited)
Handlebars1933ShortSinger (singing voice, uncredited)

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Phantom of the Opera1943sculptor: bronze statue of Christine DuBois

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
New Year's Eve Party with Guy Lombardo1966TV MovieHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1966TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palace1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Today1963TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1961TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1952-1960TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself
What's My Line?1953-1960TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood1960TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Juke Box Jury1959TV SeriesHimself
The Lux Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Big Record1957TV SeriesHimself
The Spike Jones Show1957TV SeriesHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Lux Video Theatre1956TV SeriesHimself
The Linkletter Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1954TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1953TV SeriesHimself
The Colgate Comedy Hour1953TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Name's the Same1952TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
The Alan Young Show1951TV SeriesHimself
The Miracle of Sound1940Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The Candid Camera Story (Very Candid) of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 1937 Convention1937Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentaryHimself
Great Performances2003TV SeriesHimself
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'Naughty Marietta' (uncredited)
Nelson and Jeanette1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1966-1981TV SeriesWillie the Operatic Whale / Narrator / Additional Characters
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryClip from 'New Moon'
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHimself
Just One More Time1974ShortHimself (uncredited)
That's Entertainment!1974Clip from 1936 version of 'Rose Marie'
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood and the Stars1963TV SeriesHimself
MGM Parade1955-1956TV SeriesPaul Allison
Moments in Music1950Documentary shortHimself, film clip (uncredited)
Some of the Best1943DocumentaryWarrington in Naughty Marietta (uncredited)
Hollywood: Style Center of the World1940Documentary shortHimself
From the Ends of the Earth1939Documentary shortHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6311 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn 8 February 1960. At 1639 Vine Street.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRadioOn 8 February 1960. At 6512 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1[His last words onstage as he was having a stroke that would prove fatal] Will you bear with me a minute. I can't seem to get the words out. [After asking his accompanist to play "Dardanella"] My face is getting numb. Is there a doctor here?
2[To a reporter a couple of days prior to his death] I'll go on singing until I drop because I love it.
3[About some of the films Eddy and MacDonald were offered in their later career] We've been asked to do what might be called B pictures. Rather than do that, we decided to leave it on a high note.
4[About his career in 1934] I engaged a dramatic coach and began to study the technique of acting on the screen. That same day I discovered how little I really knew, and I've been studying ever since.
5[Reacting to seeing himself in an elaborate costume and makeup onscreen] Get him. Ain't he purty?
6[In 1957] I don't know why people still want to believe that Jeanette MacDonald and I were a couple off the set. There's no truth to that rumor, at all. She's happily married to Gene Raymond and I'm happily married to Anne. I guess people want to believe that what they see on the screen is reality while in actuality, it's just a movie!
7[During his 1960s nightclub tour] I want to keep going until I drop.
8[on why he refused to see his own films] I was too ashamed of them.


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