Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair -- On-Screen and Off -- Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, updated 20th Anniversary Edition Paperback – April 20, 2014
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- Publisher : Bell Harbour Press (April 20, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 612 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0990323005
- ISBN-13 : 978-0990323006
- Item Weight : 2.62 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.69 x 1.38 x 9.61 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #602,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sharon Rich is an extraordinary woman. I know. I've known her since first reading "Farewell to Dreams" and asking her to actually document the Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald story better before attempting to sell it to Hollywood. It was at this time that I began to insist that all of the interviews with some of Sharon's sources be videotaped or audiotaped so that the research could be preserved even after the interviewees died. Many of them have, sadly, passed on. But the tapes survive! In those days, a co-writer and I insisted that Sharon meticulously database the whereabouts of all the principals from the moment they met until their deaths, and she did just that. She poured through documents -- every kind of printed source (including the LA Times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department logs, English newspapers, fanzines, Variety, etc) until she could darn near tell you on an hourly basis where Nelson, Jeanette, Gene, Ann Eddy, L.B. Mayer, and others were. While compiling the database, Sharon also came into possession of letters, unpublished autobiographies, and people who are still alive who can swear to the veracity of the information in Sweethearts. I can personally swear to meeting many of the people who knew Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. I can tell you, I have met Gene Raymond, interviewed him over lunch and also watched him meet one of his former lovers and Jeanette's gay friends. I have talked to people who sat at Blossom Rock's feet and heard the story first hand. I am convinced, from these interviews, that Blossom was not only in her right mind but capable of telling the story (one way or another). Just because you cannot always speak doesn't mean you cannot write or communicate in other ways. This book is true, and the sources are available for researchers to access. It's a shame people like Turk do NOT make use of the invitation to do so. This is not only a terrific read, but it is the life work of a woman who made a promise to Blossom Rock to tell the truth about Jeanette. She has kept her promise.
Many years have gone by since “Sweethearts” was originally written for Donald Fine publishers, and many more interviews with people who knew Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and Gene Raymond have caused the original text to be updated. A story told to us by Sunny Griffin concerned Nelson going undercover during World War II. There was no other proof of that tale until the last couple of years, when others came forward to say Nelson did go to Cairo, killed a Nazi sympathizer, and went home wounded. In the years between the original edition and the revised, so much more of the story has been uncovered and corroborated. This is the story or a grand romance, adventure, and lives that were lived magnificently and tragically. I was a successful television writer in Hollywood for over a twenty-five years, and I know when a book is well written and worth a good read. You owe yourself a terrific read, and you will get it in “Sweethearts, revised”.
by so many, yet could not seem to get it together. So sad. An
engrossing detailed account of their careers and long love affair.
I highly recommend this book to music and movie fans.
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Well worth reading, but a pity it was rather shambolic in presentation