America's Singing Sweethearts

Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, America's Singing Sweethearts, starred together in eight musicals throughout their careers. They were acclaimed as the finest singing team in Hollywood, and many felt that they were the best-matched voices in the world. Remembered for songs like, Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life, Indian Love Call and Will You Remember?, they left behind them a rich legacy of unforgettable melody that is as beautiful today as it was yesterday.

This is a tribute to their work and legacy of song.

"When they sang they lifted your soul from an abyss to the highest floating cloud in the sky. To me they were what Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt were to the spoken word and the drama of the theatre, they were what Pavlova and Nijinsky were to the dance world, they were the epitome of perfect blending and perfection. Both are gone now but they will never be forgotten --- their music will live forever. Their recordings and cassettes will be a constant reminder of the magic and superb artists they were. How fortunate we are to have these legacies."
Eleanor Powell, Forward to The Films of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, 1978

So, were Mac & Eddy in love with each other?

There is a large portion of Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy fans that fervently believes that they were secretly in love with each other and carrying on an affair throughout their careers. This is completely contrary to what both Nelson & Jeanette maintained in interviews and articles for their whole lives. They continually denied being anything except close friends.

It is very sad that the memory of their work together, music and films, should be contaminated in such a way. Both were married once and remained faithful to their spouses. Neither had any children, which is one of the reasons that it has been so easy for rumors and stories to grow around them. We hope that this site is a fitting tribute to their beautiful work together, not as lovers, but as friends and good performers.

What to See on This Site

Nelson Eddy & Jeanette MacDonald made many films throughout their careers: eight together and numerous with other partners. Click on the titles in the column on the right for a cast of characters, credits, a synopsis and more from each of the eight in which they starred together.

To find out more about Nelson & Jeanette themselves, just click on the links in the column at right. You'll find trivia, a short bio, information about their opera careers, pictures and much more. We've got many old scrapbooks to transcribe and scan, so check back often.