News alert! The revised and updated edition of Sweethearts will be published on May 1st – Maytime, appropriately!
This weekend only, there is a special pre-order offer for both the softcover and Kindle ebook edition together.
More information is available here.
The Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy annual holiday luncheon will on Sunday, December 8 at 12 noon at the Sportsmans Lodge Restaurant, at the corner of Ventura Blvd and Coldwater Canyon in Studio City. (Coldwater Canyon exit on the 101 Freeway.) $45/person admission includes luncheon and program and is payable at the door. Meeting runs from 12-4 pm.
I will give a talk, answer questions and sign books. We will also have another “Master Class” live presentation, with more fascinating data and documentation (from one who was there) backing up the ever-intriguing MacDonald-Eddy story. At the last luncheon, the actual charm bracelet given by Nelson Eddy to Jeanette MacDonald was displayed for all to see - with all the personal charms on it that I wrote about in my book. There are candid pictures of Jeanette wearing it and also a few glimpses of it in the movie “Sweethearts.” (After Jeanette’s death, the bracelet went to her sister Elsie.) The topic of this weekend’s special presentation is a surprise even for me, but don’t miss it if you’re a fan. We are so blessed to have some of these sources still here with us to share their information. These luncheons provide precious and valuable memories for those who care about the the story. Don’t miss it!
The hotel address is:
Sportsmans Lodge Hotel
12825 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
toll free: 800-821-8511
Calling all sources!! I’m in the final weeks of making updates to my Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy biography, Sweethearts, for the new 20th anniversary edition.
If you have some information you’d like to share, either on the record or anonymously, now’s the time to come forward.
I’m adding some new information, more photos and making a few corrections or updates here and there.
Please contact me ASAP if this applies to you. I know there are still many of you out there, some belong to other fan clubs or groups, or have other connections.
For those of you who are fans, a new Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy Facebook group
has been set up this week. All events and book signings that I attend will be posted there as events as well as on this website and the regular maceddy.com
A recent email I received:
Wow… I just finished your book, finally, word for word. I loved it.
Read it at my Mom’s breakfast table every morning while visiting her the last 3 weeks in Nashville.
The story is not only about their romance, but about your 40 years of research.
Not many people could have done all that you did. I don’t know how you pulled it all together, there is so much data you gathered.
I appreciate the Afterward which explained the story from your standpoint. Your husband is very special and patient to put up with all the commitment, threats, and expense you had to endure for this project.
Thank you for all this work. I do hope for a few things:
- a new revised version, or followup book now that the romance is more accepted and more sources have surfaced.
- a book about your life the last 40 years
- that I get to meet you someday! …
Thanks for all that you do.
I am so grateful for your support and also glad to new people are introduced to the fascinating story of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. From a recent email:
I am re-reading the 2001 version of Sweethearts and am, again, amazed and captivated by your superb use of language! Somehow you draw me into the story until I become a participant and find myself living rather than just reading it!
The principals are described in terms that make them come alive! and, thus, your readers can become truly involved with them.
You are an exceptionally gifted writer. Thank you for all the effort that must have gone into the writing of this book and the leadership you provide to the Club! Thanks to the latter, I am becoming familiar with one of Hollywood’s most fascinating eras!
Why this e-mail? I just had to compliment you!
Nelson Eddy: The Opera Years
is currently #3 on Amazon’s Kindle Hot New Titles best seller list!
And it’s #20 on the Kindle Non-Fiction Music books:
We’re celebrating here!
Nelson Eddy: The Opera Years was just released this week as my first ebook. Today it shot up onto two of Amazon’s Best Seller lists!
It’s on sale this weekend at an introductory price. Download it from Amazon at this link.
My other books will also be released onto ebooks in the coming months. I will keep you posted.
Sharon Rich will be a guest lecturer, answer questions and sign books as part of a Jeanette MacDonald – Nelson Eddy afternoon that also features a performance of “A Scandalous Affair,” the show based on Rich’s biography of the singing duo, Sweethearts. The show features the singing talents of Hallie Neill and Theodore Lambrinos and covers the highlights of the personal romance, careers and music that made MacDonald and Eddy the most famous singing team in movie history.
This special event is a fundraiser for the San Diego Women’s Club. Tickets and more information here.
Join Sharon Rich for an afternoon luncheon, Q&A, rare interview clips and a Sweetheart
s book signing on Sunday, December 4, 2011, in Studio City, CA. Details and tickets at maceddy.com