Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Nelson Eddy (1901-1967) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Providence, RI born baritone from a musical family who nonetheless had to drop out of high school and make his living outside of show business while singing on the side. He was a telephone operator, newspaper reporter, sold ads and wrote ad copy, but his passion was to sing. He began performing regularly in 1922, appearing in opera, concerts, and on the radio, not to be discovered by Hollywood until a 1933 Los Angeles performance, that earned him 18 curtain calls and a fan from Louis B. Mayer's office. Eddy was signed by MGM and was first heard but not seen in the Pete Smith short Handlebars (1933). Smaller appearances put a face to the voice in Broadway to Hollywood (1933), Dancing Lady (1933), and Student Tour (1934), and then Nelson Eddy reached a new level of fame and stardom after MGM cast him in Naughty Marietta (1935), the first of his eight films opposite Jeanette MacDonald. The beloved team went on to co-star in Rose-Marie (1936), Maytime (1937), The Girl of the Golden West (1938), Sweethearts (1938), New Moon (1940), Bitter Sweet (1940), and I Married an Angel (1942). MGM had paired him with a few other leading ladies along the way including Eleanor Powell in Rosalie (1937), Ilona Massey in Balalaika (1939), and Risë Stevens in The Chocolate Soldier (1941). Eddy and MacDonald also shared the RCA-Victor record label from 1935-38, and issued a number of recordings together. Eddy later signed with Columbia Masterworks, who issued his recordings through 1964. Eddy left MGM after 1942, and signed with Universal where he starred in Phantom of the Opera (1943), his best remembered feature without MacDonald. His final feature film release paired him with Massey once more at Republic in Northwest Outpost (1947). Eddy continued to busy himself on radio, where he popularized "Short'nin Bread" as his theme song; television, where he reunited with Jeanette MacDonald on a few occasions; and, beginning in 1953, with a nightclub act. He fell ill while performing at a Florida nightclub, and died the following morning in Miami Beach, age 65.
Birthday: June 29