Sharon Rich is an author, film historian and lecturer. Her first book was published at age nineteen. Over the years she has also edited or ghost written several books for others, penned Hollywood-related magazine articles and been a contributing editor for an opera magazine. To date she has written close to twenty books and edited and written over seventy magazines about 1930s singing stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. MacDonald and Eddy have been a pet project for her, as she was for many years close friends with Jeanette MacDonald’s older sister, actress Blossom Rock. Rock authorized Rich to write a candid book about her sister’s thwarted love affair with Nelson Eddy. The resulting best-selling book, Sweethearts, blew the lid off the carefully crafted Hollywood PR version of MacDonald and Eddy’s supposedly blissful marriages to others. Along with interviewing hundreds of people, Rich had access to many collections of private love letters, unpublished memoirs, Nelson Eddy’s personal scrapbooks, diary entries, hundreds of pages of contemporary eyewitness accounts from their fans, FBI files and Jeanette’s unpublished autobiography. Sharon Rich is considered by many to be the leading authority in the world on MacDonald and Eddy.
In 1994 Rich was a guest speaker at the American Film Institute in Washington, D.C. In 1995 she was awarded a Dame of Merit by the Knights of Malta for her contribution to History and Literature.
Sweethearts was a selection of the Entertainment Book Club and an online #1 Best Seller for four weeks at Amazon.com’s Booksurge bookstore. Rich was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She now lives in New York City, where she currently is working on a documentary based on Sweethearts, featuring many videotaped interviews and other source material.