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Jeanette MacDonald: The Irving Stone Letters: ( Signed by Editor)

Rich, Sharon, Editor

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ISBN 10: 0971199841 / ISBN 13: 9780971199842
Published by Bell Harbour Press, New York, 2002
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Jeanette MacDonald: The Irving Stone Letters...

Publisher: Bell Harbour Press, New York

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: PB, Pictoral Wraps

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Editor

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Large Soft Back

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Before she became a movie star, Jeanette MacDonald was a Broadway ingénue. In 1927 she fell in love with Irving Stone, who worked for his uncle's famous Milwaukee department store, The Boston Store. For two years, Jeanette and Irving kept their long-distance romance alive with frequent long, newsy letters. Irving carefully saved all her correspondence -- hundreds of pages of mostly handwritten letters that were found in his home after his death. Even after the affair ended Jeanette kept writing. She discussed her Hollywood career with him, including co-stars such as Nelson Eddy. Her last correspondence to Irving is dated 1938.

The Irving Stone letters are a revelation. Once and for all they disprove the fiction that Jeanette MacDonald was a prude. She frankly discusses topics like sex, industry gossip, her views on homosexuals, and marriage to someone she's not certain she loves. In 1927 she worries about pregnancy and setting up trysts behind her mother's back; the following year she carefully juggles simultaneous affairs with two men. She discusses various health problems including her earliest documented heart attack in 1929 at age 26.

These letters are transcribed uncensored in their entirety, with many of the originals reproduced. They give insight into the fiercely determined young singer who went on to become a 1930s Hollywood icon.

Sharon Rich has annotated the letters, adding rare photos, commentary and historical background.


"Loved it! A great collection of hand-written letters by MGM's musical songbird, before she was a star. Lively, entertaining, and she sure wasn't a boring prude like some others have made her out to be. Ms. Rich wisely keeps the annotations to a minimum, since Naughty Marietta tells it like it was in her own words. I particularly enjoyed MacDonald's Broadway and Hollywood gossip from the good old days! Lots of good dish."

About the Author:

Sharon Rich has written six books and edited and written over sixty magazines about 1930s singing stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. She was close friends for many years with Jeanette's older sister Blossom Rock. Along with interviewing hundreds of people, she had access to many collections of private letters, Nelson’s personal scrapbooks, diary entries, FBI files and Jeanette’s unpublished autobiography. She is considered by many to be the leading authority on MacDonald and Eddy in the world. In 1994 she was a guest speaker at the American Film Institute (East Coast) and the "Sweethearts" launch party was hosted by the AFI. In 1995 she was awarded a Dame of Merit by the Knights of Malta for her contribution to History and Literature. For more information check out Rich lives in New York City.

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