Along with interviewing hundreds of people, Rich had access to many collections of private love letters, unpublished memoirs, Nelson Eddy’s personal scrapbooks, diary entries, hundreds of pages of contemporary eyewitness accounts from their fans, FBI files and Jeanette’s unpublished autobiography.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.
The hardcover Sweethearts was published by a Penguin/Putnum imprint, and a selection of the Entertainment Book Club. The book has been updated twice since and the updated 2014 20th Anniversary Edition repeatedly returns to Amazon’s Best Seller list several times a year, especially when the MacDonald/Eddy films are screened on Turner Classic Movies. In July 2023, the book hit #1 on the Movie Industry Best Seller list.
Rich was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She now lives in Florida, where she currently is compiling her research for an eventual documentary about MacDonald and Eddy, featuring many videotaped interviews and other source material. Additionally, “Sweethearts” is in development for a feature film biopic. Check the film’s IMDB page for more details.