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To Love Again: A Fairy Tale For Adults Of The Twenty First Century
To Love Again: A Fairy Tale For Adults Of The Twenty First Century
by K.T. Ernshaw
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The author is being modest-this book is about Nelson Eddy!, June 3, 2001
According to the author, who spoke at a MacDonald-Eddy luncheon, the main character in this book is really the movie star Nelson Eddy. And it is obvious from the very beginning that this is so. Her main character has no name, just like the "I" in Du Maurier's "Rebecca." It's an interesting plot if you like futuristic novels, and this one isn't set too far in the future, but let's face it, Nelson Eddy fans will want to read it for the love story. You have to keep in mind that this author had an extensive intimate relationship with Nelson Eddy, off-and-on over a period of 20 years. She has preferred to play this down and writes under a literary name, but she did show up in person and was agreeable to answering questions about Nelson, except for the most personal. She said she wrote the book for two reasons, to give some biographical and true understanding of the Nelson she knew and to combine that with a novel idea that she wanted to tell. It's a long book but but thoughtful and well worth reading on many levels. On a related subject, when asked about Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, as in "did they or didn't they?" she answered that they in fact "did," that Nelson himself told her and she learned from him some of the details over the years. In fact, she only ever saw him when he had a falling out with Jeanette or was angry with his wife. This author knew the man at his most vulnerable and her book gives us a glimpse of what it was like to be close to this sensitive, artistic man. I highly recommend it!
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Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald
Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald
by Edward Baron Turk
Edition: Hardcover
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23 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Authorized" Biography is a Cop-Out, Slanders Nelson Eddy, August 20, 2000
I can't believe the reader reviewer who writes: "Who cares whether Gene Raymond was gay?" That would seem to be a major element in a marriage promoted by Hollywood and Turk as a marriage made in heaven. Maybe Jeanette and Gene found a way to make their marriage work, since they never divorced, but Raymond's homosexuality was well-known in contemporary circles, plus I happen to know that he frequented that famous Cathedral City bar, Daddy Warbucks. Turk gushes all about Gene in his book and since he had his blessing to write it, the book is slanted in Gene's favor. But that's no excuse to lie about Nelson Eddy, or to demean him as an untalented person who would never have made it without Jeanette, which is utter nonsense. That point alone is enough to wreck Turk's credibility as a biographer, as far as I'm concerned.
That same reader reviewer writes: "Who cares if Jeanette and Nelson had an affair?" Right on, but Turk doesn't give it any credence, even though there is ample documentation in other magazines and books to back up a MacDonald-Eddy romance. But for Turk it's "all fiction." Did he even bother to interview any of those sources, some of which are still alive and famous? And he ignores factual information such as Jeanette and Nelson's many attempts at radio and film comebacks in the 1940s. He mentions Jeanette's disgust at Nelson pulling out of a proposed film in the 1950s but doesn't pull strings at Jeanette's comment that the reason might be Ann Eddy's "jealousy."
I was at a luncheon in Los Angeles where Al Caiazza, the kid singer from Jeanette's 1950s TV show, "Prima Donna," got up in front of fifty people and told how, during the making of that show, he and his parents visited Jeanette's home. And how, in the entryway of the house, was a huge color framed photo of Nelson Eddy as the "Rose Marie" Mountie. And Caiazza's father said, "I wonder how Gene Raymond lives with THAT." I taped his talk, as did others at my table. Highlights of it were published in Sharon Rich's biography of Jeanette and Nelson as well as her magazine about the team. Turk doesn't bother with this interesting tidbit. Or many other anecdotes that were spoken about at public meetings.
Back to the same reader reviewer, who says "No one else should be able to judge" how Jeanette lived her life and any relationship, if any, with Nelson. I agree, but Turk, as Jeanette's biographer, should have honestly addressed the situation. For my money, if you want to know what made Jeanette MacDonald tick, read "Sweethearts" or the "Jeanette and Nelson: Interactive Biography," both by Sharon Rich. That author, at least, did her homework in the areas where it really mattered.
I would leave zero stars, but Amazon doesn't give that option.

Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair- On-screen and Off- Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy
Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair- On-screen and Off- Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy
by Sharon Rich
Edition: Hardcover
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highest Ratings to this Thoroughly Researched Biography!, August 20, 2000
I have met some of the sources named in "Sweethearts" and they verify that they were quoted correctly. Gene Raymond's homosexuality was well-known in Hollywood. Ms. Rich doesn't even mention that Raymond frequented that now-defunct gay bar in Cathedral City, Daddy Warbucks. The MacDonald-Eddy affair was best-known in town from the mid '30s to the mid '40s. In the '50s Jeanette semi-retired and Nelson left Hollywood to go on the nightclub circuit, so the "Hollywood" crowd knew less, plus the nature of her relationship with Nelson had changed. Obviously there was bitterness but also a spiritual bond that apparently was never broken. If the exhaustive documentation and celebrity name-dropping in the book doesn't convince you, [look] at Ms. Rich's just-published companion volume to "Sweethearts," the Interactive Biography with a hundred photos that back up her claims, as well as a copy of Gene Raymond's arrest log with the LAPD. Look at the photos that prove they knew each other long before "Naughty Marietta" (clue: Nelson has a mustache). She's right when she says to listen to Nelson breaking down and crying while giving an interview the day Jeanette died, or to watch "This is Your Life" and see for yourself Jeanette's reaction when Nelson makes an appearance. Jeanette and Nelson themselves give the essence of the story away by their actions. Rich makes her case, sad to say, because it's a tragic story of two very decent people who were chewed up and spit out by Hollywood. That they kept their pain private from their fans and most of their friends, and tried to just go on with their lives, doesn't make it any less true.
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