Book Signings & Events

Honoring Jeanette’s friend Lily May Caldwell…

Just returned from a short TV interview on “Talk of Alabama” morning show. Will post a link later when the network posts it! I’m in Birmingham for a book signing event today and a silent auction, raising money for a scholarship in the name of Jeanette’s friend Lily May Caldwell. Lily May was the entertainment editor for the “Birmingham News”,…

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Happy July 4th!

Hello! It’s certainly been a trying few years for all of us. Recently lost my wonderful husband of 35 years but am finally forging ahead with projects long-stalled due to the pandemic. Deep breath… and may the 4th be with us! With my 21-month old flag-waving granddaughter (a “Naughty Marietta” fan), wishing you a happy, safe and healthy holiday!

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Remembering Nelson Eddy (June 29, 1901- March 6, 1967)

The night of March 5th, 1967, Nelson Eddy suffered a stroke while singing onstage and died the next morning without regaining consciousness. Two years after the passing of Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson’s death made front page headline news. Does it even happen anymore that an A+++ movie star (as they call the greatest Hollywood icons) gets a full page notice? I’ve…

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A new book release…

When I was writing Sweethearts in the early 1990s, I was fortunate enough to have access to over 400 original postmarked letters written in the 1940s, containing very private information and quotes from diaries and letters by Nelson Eddy or Jeanette MacDonald, as well as many typed pages from the in-progress memoirs of Isabel Eddy, Nelson’s mother. As we know,…

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Live Blogging the MacDonald/Eddy movies

Live blogging “I Married an Angel” (1942)

I Married An Angel was the final Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy film together. Released in July 1942, the surreal comedy/musical wasn’t understood by audiences or critics. It’s one of those films like Vertigo or It’s a Wonderful Life that found its audience years after being considered a failure. Today, some fans claim it as their favorite teaming because the two stars…

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TCM Jeanette – Nelson film marathon, July 15, 2021

Today, Turner Classic Movies is screening all but one of the Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy classic musicals. Check their website for the schedule which begins at 6:30 am Eastern time. You can follow the live blogging articles for some of their films at this link. Included are some behind-the-scenes information about the making of these films. Enjoy!

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Happy birthday, Nelson Eddy!

Happy 120th birthday, Nelson Eddy! Here are four new YouTube videos from his last years. In the first interview, Nelson says he loves Jeanette MacDonald and thinks she loves him. Even though it’s said in an offhand way, and he also says he sees Jeanette “all the time,” there’s a definite effort from Jack Paar to get more, even to…

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Clark Gable, Loretta Young and out-of-wedlock Hollywood children

Some time after Sweethearts was published in 1994, I did a joint book signing with Judy Lewis, the illegitimate daughter of Loretta Young and Clark Gable, at the Beverly Hills Woman’s Club. Her story was poignantly told in her autobiography, Uncommon Knowledge. In a nutshell, this is Judy’s story as noted in Publisher’s Weekly, ©1994: Born in 1935, Lewis was…

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Happy birthday, Jeanette MacDonald!

A young shot of Jeanette MacDonald, today’s birthday girl. She was gorgeous, talented and wildly successful and should have enjoyed every happiness in her life. I just posted on YouTube a couple interviews that are revealing and informative. Both are from 1959. She only lived another five years. In the first one, Jeanette discusses the release of her record album…

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Thank you for reading!

During this last week of 2020, “Sweethearts” returned to Amazon’s Best Seller list. It has been on and off the lists several times this year. I am thrilled that so many people are reading about the lives and careers of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. They deserve to be remembered, particularly for that ironic blur between the love they portrayed…

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