Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald / Edition 1

Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald / Edition 1

by Edward Baron Turk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520222539

ISBN-13: 9780520222533

Pub. Date: 04/03/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

Based in large part on the author's exclusive access to MacDonald's private papers, including her unpublished memoir, this biography transports us to a time when lavish musical films were major cultural events and a worldwide public eagerly awaited each new chance to fall under the singer's spell. Edward Baron Turk shows how MacDonald brilliantly earned her Hollywood…  See more details below

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Based in large part on the author's exclusive access to MacDonald's private papers, including her unpublished memoir, this biography transports us to a time when lavish musical films were major cultural events and a worldwide public eagerly awaited each new chance to fall under the singer's spell. Edward Baron Turk shows how MacDonald brilliantly earned her Hollywood nickname of "Iron Butterfly" and why she deserves a privileged position in the history of music and motion pictures. MacDonald's uncommon courage, Turk suggests, makes her a woman for our times. Onscreen the actress portrayed strong characters in pursuit of deep emotional fulfillment, often in defiance of social orthodoxy, while offscreen she personified energy, discipline, and practical intellect. Drawing on interviews with individuals who knew her and on MacDonald's own words, Turk brings to life the intricate relations between the star and her legendary costars Maurice Chevalier, Clark Gable, and, above all, baritone Nelson Eddy. He reveals the deep crushes she inspired in movie giants Ernst Lubitsch and Louis B. Mayer and the extraordinary love story she shared with her husband of 27 years, actor Gene Raymond. More than simply another star biography, Turk's detailed account of MacDonald's fearless efforts to break down distinctions between mass-consumed entertainment and high art offers fresh perspectives on the complexity of cultural taste in 20th-century America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520222533
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/03/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
486
Sales rank:
1,000,495
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxv
Part 1.Born to Sing
1."Now everybody's got to clap!"3
2.Scandals14
3.Twinkling Stars and Four-Leaf Clovers28
4.A Fair Princess on Broadway46
Part 2.Lingerie Queen of the Talkies
5.Lubitsch and Chevalier69
6.Only a Nose89
7.Vive la France!107
8.Mr. Mayer and the Widow130
Part 3.Hollywood Diva
9.An All-American Team153
10.The Iron Butterfly175
11.Hollywood Diva194
12.Middlebrow Muse218
13.The Soprano Militant240
Part 4.Echoes of Sweet Song
14.Battles Operatic263
15.A Graceful Exit279
16.Distress Signals292
17."Carve your name in human hearts"310
18."Just the echo of a sigh"329
Afterword337
Stage Credits345
Film Credits355
Principal Recording Sessions375
Abbreviations381
Notes385
Bibliography421
Photo Credits431
Index433

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