Along with interviewing hundreds of people, Rich had access to many collections of private love letters, unpublished memoirs, Nelson Eddy’s personal scrapbooks, diary entries, hundreds of pages of contemporary eyewitness accounts from their fans, FBI files and Jeanette’s unpublished autobiography.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. AFI also sponsored the launch party for Sweethearts and reviewed the book in their Preview magazine: “That rarity among star bios, an absorbingly written, exhaustively researched, and fully sourced work.” In 1995 Rich 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. The updated 2014 20th Anniversary Edition was #14 on Amazon’s Best Seller in June 2014. It repeatedly returns to the Best Seller list especially when the MacDonald/Eddy films are screened on Turner Classic Movies.
Rich was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She now lives in Florida, where she currently is working on a documentary based on Sweethearts, featuring many videotaped interviews and other source material. Additionally, “Sweethearts” is in development for a feature film biopic. After Covid-related delays, the movie should be filmed in 2023.