Jeanette Fans! The Jeanette Fan Club now
has a U.S. Postal Mailing Box for all of you who have been asking to mail
items to be used on Jeanette's Website.
P.O. Box 180172 *
Chicago, Illinois 60618-180172
Posted by Gia
July 24, 2009
ALL FOR YOUR LOVELY BIRTHDAY
WISHES TO MY DARLING GIO,
THIS JULY 24TH. I CAN'T EVEN BEGIN
TO TELL YOU HOW IT TOUCHES MY HEART KNOWING YOU LOVE
AND RESPECT HIM SO MUCH. OVER
THE YEARS WE HAVE LOVED CHATTING WITH SO MANY OF YOU ON THE TELEPHONE, AND
LOOK FORWARD TO MORE JOYFUL CHIT-CHATS.
MY DARLING, GIO...
HAVE BEEN MY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR FOR 40 YEARS--AND I AM
THRILLED AT THE THOUGHT OF ANOTHER
MY HEART FULL OF LOVE...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !
YOUR LOVING GIA
Your Hostess Sends you
a 2006 Greeting
from Gio's Mother's Home
in Chicago on her
92nd Birthday, a real New Year's Eve Doll.
To all of our JMFC Fans and
Friends who visit our website on a regular basis, Gio and I thank you for
your warm wishes for a healthy, prosperous, and another wonderful Jeanette
2006 New Year. As you know, we have dedicated our lives to keep this
website as a tribute to Jeanette and wish it to be here 50 years from now.
Your continued dedication to it will help us make this effort come true.
In response to the many
emails asking to see how we celebrated our New Year's Eve, Gio, the
photographer he is, took a series of pictures of his mother (New Year's Eve,
2005 was her 92nd birthday) and me in her home. We do hope you enjoy them,
and get a feeling of the wonderful time we had.
Unfortunately, not all went
well New Year's Eve, for one of Gio's sisters broke her ankle and had to be
rushed off to the hospital. We were fortunate in having among the many
guests, a friend who was a doctor and was able to attend to her needs
immediately. On January 3, 2006, she will have her ankle set and then
endure the time in a cast.
We send her our love and
prayers--and to all of you great, Jeanette True Loyal Fans--our wishes
that all of your hopes, plans, dreams, and New Year Resolutions for 2006
Please keep your letters
coming so that we will know what you are feeling and thinking, and also what
you wish to see. You know we will try to post it.
Hug ... Gia
Gia and Mom
Gia and Mom
The New Year's Eve
a young 92.
Gio's Mom at home--2005
A Tribute to UK on July 7, 2005
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Gia & Gio * 7-9-2004
From us to all our wonderful
visitors -Gia & Gio
August 23, 2003
We have been so pleased by the
response we are receiving about our Jeanette MacDonald Fan Club Web Site.
From the beginning, Gia and I felt in our hearts there were True Loyal Jeanette
Fans just wishing to express their great love for her and share their joy with
other Jeanette Fans. We will be completing our third month and already our
Jeanette Museum of Pictures is filling up with wonderful collections and there
are still so many more collections we have waiting in the wings. We have
found articles from a growing source of fans searching the archives, movie
magazines, books, museums, and other resources just waiting to be tapped into
and posted here.
But then, it is easy to see
why this is happening! Jeanette was a rare Star who had everything--and
wore all she had with the greatest of poise, dignity, and great character.
As a young woman she was poor and had little formal education, nevertheless, she
wanted to sing and in believing in herself she elevated herself into a great
lady and a wonderful role model for people all ages. There is no doubt
that Jeanette had the true Golden Midas Touch, for whatever she did, it was the
best and no others could obtain the achievements she had.
We can sit back on any given
day and listen to her beautiful voice, so rare in its sound, tone, and quality.
Jeanette sang from the heart and this is why we love every note. Each tone
is a rare Gem. When we look at her movies, Gia and I discuss many things
like we know you all do. Having had the honor to meet and talk at length with
Clara and Tessa, we have an added bonus to the inside world of Jeanette and can
understand her movies even more than before now. We know what was
happening during the making of her films and what she did to make sure that her
movies were going to give her audience exactly what they had come to see and
hear, Beautiful Movies that the whole world would be uplifted for, not just
then, but forever after.
Oh, sure there are those who
will always see the glass half empty, and for these people we wish they would
take more time to explore over and over again our pages and we are certain that
her magic will help you see life in a brighter light. Yes, our Golden Diva
is truly an angel that will forever bless our paths and guide us to being the
warm and loving people we seek in life.
To all of you, Gia and I have
just finished watching the Merry Widow and repeated her balcony scene a
half-dozen times before we could continue with the rest of the movie. We
ask you, have you ever seen a more beautiful woman than Jeanette MacDonald?
A big 4 star Jeanette Smile to you
and always ... Luck in your Dreams>Gia & Gio
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Chicago, Illinois 60618-0172
With the many means of communicating, we have, found at this time, AOL
AIM Instant Messenger as the best way to Chit Chat. We do have a
Chit Chat room where many of our friends and members gather.
We would love to share our Yahoo Webgroup site to those of you who
would like to stop by and join in on the fun.
Join the Jeanette Sweetheart Fan Club's Chit Chatroom.
It is a wonderful place where True Sweetheart Fans may come together and discuss
the wonderful careers of Jeanette and her many great co-stars, friends, and her
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A big Jeanette Cheer to all...
Gia & Gio
Posted Gia & Gio * 4-18-2003
Message to Jeanette's Fans
Posted Gia & Gio * 8-16 2004
Farewell Perry Pickering
Dear Friends and Fans,
We at JMFC extend our condolences to Lucy Pickering and her family upon the
passing of her husband, Perry Pickering, today at 9:15 am, August 16,
2004. Let us all have Perry in our prayers and thank him for the wonderful
effort he gave in making sure that the Sweethearts would live on.
of JMFC & JMDD
Gia & Gio *
Jeanette True Loyal Fans,
We took exception to the AFI's Ballet Board selection of the top 100 songs, and
told them so, in no uncertain words. We spoke our peace, our hearts, and the
right thing. Here is there response. Perhaps we have helped straighten out their
thinking and next year do what is right!
Warmest Wishes>Gio&Gia JMFC/Hosts
Subj: Re: 6-25-2k4 Dear AFI Ballet Board..From JMFC
Date: 7/9/2004 5:48:08 PM Central Standard Time
Thank you for contacting the AFI. You are obviously well-informed and
knowledgeable. We appreciate and respect your opinion. Thank you for watching
AFI's 100 Years 100 Songs.
AFI Web Team
Dear AFI Members,
Having read your means of selecting and judging, and the voting and picking 100
AFI songs, you will excuse me if I say their is something lacking in your
To get right to the point, to excluded Jeanette MacDonald from any list that
deals with movies during the past 75 years is indication that most people do not
either understand what the Golden Era of the Silver Screen was all about,
or---there is definitely a cultural deficiency in our art world today.
Jeanette was in one of the 5 Oscar movies for 1935, Naughty Marietta. She was
voted by Photoplay Magazine with a count of over 55,000 votes casts for her, the
Queen of Hollywood. She was MGM's #1 Star, ahead of Tracy, Crawford, Garland,
Gable, etc., She was the #1 Star In Spain, England, Mexico, France and China.
San Francisco was a Smash, not because of Gable and Tracy, but because of
Jeanette MacDonald and it was the big box office smash that year, just like
Naughty Marietta, Rosemarie, Maytime, The Firefly, etc.
She raised more money for our service men during WW2 than any other star, and
was a huge success in not only her acting but especially her singing career. To
tell me that Goldfinger or Chevalier actually won a place among your 100 list,
shows me that you have a very uninformed panel of judges.
But then, we live in a new world where true greatness is skipped over for what
is cool or hot, and not artistic and classic.
So, would we expect your panel to include Jeanette MacDonald?...NO!
Enclosed is a link to our webpage where Ronald W. Reagan wrote at the time of
Jeanette's death in 1965 his feelings and especially one occasion. One occasion
were 20,000 of our young service boys were about to go to war and the one person
who filled their hearts was Jeanette MacDonald.
Please don't get me wrong--I know times changes and so does music. Thank
goodness it does, or we still be listening to tunes Nero played on his harp.
Yes, Rock Around the Clock is a Classic both in music and movies and Elvis
Jailhouse Rock is for every legendary. But I do think that the greatest voice
that ever sang on the Silver Screens, and this is in the opinion of the Academy
and not me, Jeanette MacDonald should always be among the top 100 AFI songs. If
anything, just to make your list of songs look artistically tasteful.
Perhaps you need 1801 people on your panel, and a least one person who
understands great singing and great songs Like Jeanette Sings from the Merry
Widow. It is not only one of the most classical scenes in all movies, but one of
the greatest singing moments captured on film.
Gio B.L.CO-Host of the Jeanettemacdonaldfanclub.com website.
AFI distributed a ballot with 400 nominated songs
to a jury of 1,800 leaders from the creative community, including film artists
(directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, musicians) critics
and historians. Each jury member was also allowed to write in up to five songs
that may not have been on the list. Since film is a subjective medium, there
will always be debate about the selected songs.
Each song has been considered based on the following criteria:
Included in a Feature-Length Fiction Film
Narrative format typically over 60 minutes in length.
English language film with significant creative and/or financial production
elements from the United States.
Formal commendation in print.
Major Award Winner
Recognition from competitive events including awards from organizations in the
film community and major film festivals.
Popularity Over Time
Including figures for box office adjusted for inflation, television broadcasts
and syndication, and home video sales and rentals.
A song's mark on the history of the moving image.
A song's mark on American society in matters of style and substance.
We hope this gives you some insight into the care taken in the process. We
appreciate you writing to us on behalf of these wonderful songs that
unfortunately did not make it onto the list.
AFI Web Team
Posted Gia & Gio * 9-11-2003
Here is a worthy cause Jeanette would have loved. She served our country during
WW2, working to bring peace and happiness to the world. As her husband, Gene,
served as a bomber pilot in Europe fighting so this generations and future
generations would never know the ugliness of hate, let us all join in on AOL's
September 11 Memorial, who is inviting members across the country to stand
together in remembering and honoring those who died, those who survived and
those who are healing. You can participate by lighting a candle in tribute.
Posted Gia & Gio * 7-16-2003
Gia and I
have had a wonderful time putting together this Website devoted to our Golden
Diva, Jeanette MacDONALD. It is a treasure of love that we continue to
bring the best of Jeanette's world into your life. From those who have
written us how much you have enjoy the Website, we are delighted. We are only
just beginning, so you can expect more of the same good and uplifting input on
Topeka, July 2003:
Well, yes, we did
go and visit the President and Vice-President Clara Rhoades and Tessa
Williams, and their lovely dog Heidi, Timmy the bird, and Torte the Tortes.
Yes, Torte is real and she is 40 years old and just looking wonderful.
according as planned except, you guessed it--Amtrak. It was 4 hours late
arriving in Topeka. What makes this even more amazing is the lovely
gesture of our two hosts who not only saw that our Hotel room had the
air-conditioning turned on, and the lovely Fruit Gift they had brought us, but
they also stay up until 4:30AM when the train finally arrived and greeted us
at the station with big, warm smiles and tender hugs of welcome. They
drove us to our Hotel and with tender words, wishes us a good night sleep.
The next day, we
slept late, then went and picked up our rental car and drove to Clara and
Tessa's home. It is a lovely place with beautiful flowers everywhere,
bushes and trees surrounding the house, making it look like a poster picture
card. Again, we were warmly greeted and shown around and were enthralled with
the charming home and the two lovely ladies who lived there. Gia and I chatted
as if we were old friends, this is how Clara and Tessa makes one field.
Four the next four
days we chatted and dined and they drove us around showing us all the lovely
sights of Topeka, and Topeka a beautiful small city, truly representative of
being the Capital of Kansas. I'll have to admit, one of the highlights
of our dining excursion was trying a Dairy Queen Blizzard. It is
truthfully sinful. Oh, my gosh! But we just sat and enjoyed every
During our visit,
we had a lot of time to sit and talk about Jeanette and Gene, and other people
in their lives and we also had a chance to hear from the two people who know
the "Ultimate" word about Jeanette. Clara and Tessa were upfront, and
told us the whole story, no-holds-barred, and gave us an education and insight
that now gives Gia and I an inner confidence of what is real and what is just
hype, PR, or just not true. I mentioned to them that I would only
believe what I could see and touch, and they let me see and touch the truth
about Jeanette and Gene, and now no one will ever be able to write an untrue
word about these Sweethearts without Gia and I knowing it is not the real
Friends and fans
of our Webgroups, you wanted the real facts and I found them and saw them
first hand. This is what this website is all about, the real story of
Jeanette and Gene and all those who played some role in their lives.
Playing a major role for the past 42 years is the woman Jeanette hand-picked
to be her Fan Club's president, Clara, and for all these years, Clara and
Tessa have been true to Jeanette's wishes. Never have they deviated from
her Jeanette's wishes for their own benefit or profit. Never have they
lowered the high standards and examples Jeanette set! And to this day,
they are still being Jeanette's two most Loyal Fans.
So, how did Topeka
go? Gia and I were so sorry to leave. As we gave our hugs and
kisses good-bye, we knew we were taking with us a part of Clara and Tessa's
beautiful hearts with us, and also, the Shining Spirit of Jeanette and Gene,
who live on through all the great work the JMIFC is doing, and the humble work
Gia and I will try our best to do in bringing you a little bit of what the
Great Days of the Silver Screen were like.
For our trip back,
we had to get up at 4:00AM to catch, supposedly the Amtrak back to Chicago at
5:39AM. Don't worry, we knew better and the train didn't arrive until
6:25AM and was two hours late arriving in Chicago. But even with the
long delays on the train, Gia and I felt a great joy in our hearts for our
visit to Topeka and having a Private Clan Clave Party with the two nicest
ladies you will ever want to meet.
From the deepest
parts of our hearts, we thank you Clara and Tessa and send you all of our
love, and yes, we will continue to do, as a JMIFC member, anything we can do
to help you and Tessa and the our Jeanette MacDonald International Fan Club.
All you have to do is ask. And don't be surprise if we keep on calling
you and asking what more can we do. Gia and I are just eager to assist
Well, now that you
have the long-short of our Topeka visit, Gia and I hope you felt the wonderful
time we had and the forever experience we will never forget. Yes
Jeanette does looking down upon her Loyal Fans and she does sing to us softly
in our hearts. So take out a Jeanette film tonight and feel her light up your
A Big Jeanette
Smile to you all,
Gia and Gio
Sept 2, 2002
So what is fact
and was is modern revisionary writing?
It is important to remember that we always try to bring
verifiable facts to our website. We try or best to seek authenticity.
I have found the two greatest sources on Jeanette live in Topeka, two
lovely ladies, Clara Rhoades and Tessa Williams, who are Real Jeanette Devoted
Jeanette MacDonald Fan Club is about Jeanette and all the
people who were in her life. Real people and not pretended, or wishful people
who live in delusion or made-up-gossip fantasies. Let it be heard loud and
clear for all to hear--anyone who is associated with Jeanette's life is who we
wish to have on our site. Let us not enter the ranks of "yowellers" and
always be remindful that Jeanette's spirit watches over our Website group.
I have been informed that many of my messages to you are being
picked up by other groups and posted there. There are eyes all over watching
us, so let us be the high standard of what a Fan Club is all about.
A Big Jeanette Smile to all members and those who
visit us. Gia & Gio
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The Evil of Sick Minds
Shall not Win!
Gio & Gia
We Stand as one with all countries
who Fight Terrorism everywhere,
and with Resolve we stand
side-by-side with our Great Friend, the United Kingdom!
Since the beginning of
time there have been those who have forced their sick values onto others.
We saw this in Poland on September 1, 1939; here in the United States on
December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001. It has happened in Spain,
Thailand, through out the Middle East, and now on the United Kingdom.
What have we done to bring the ugliness of these creatures to countries
where innocent, free people live their daily lives harm no one to be suddenly
and viciously attacked?
and peoples do go to war. But these attacks around the world are
not a act of war--but an act of terrorism! The United States declared
war on Iraq in a public in an open forum before the entire world.
nations, who had agreed with the United States, sent their soldiers to
remove a tyrannical power inflicting merciless cruelty and inhuman actions
on their own people, and who was also threatening the nations around it.
It never ceases in having
an Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin,
Mussolini, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, Idi Amin, Iotola Homani, Sadam
Hussien, Osama Bin Laden and countless other warped minds seized
control of a nation, and then export their nightmare of domination
upon the rest of humanity. We see this happening
the world over by a mentality that is so diseased that the world has to
come up with an immunization to this infestation.
This is no time for
weakness upon free people's parts. This is time for the British
Stiff Upper Lip Resolve! This is the time when those voices who
call out to end Nations' efforts to combat Al-Qaeda, and its reign of
terror, to wake up to what they are asking. For all those who have
demand to have
our troops pull out of Iraq, let them look to 9/11, the United Kingdom,
and Spain. For all of those who feel that United State forces are
cruel and inhumane, let them speak to all of the families who have had
loved one's heads cut off. For all those who think that twisting an
arm to make a terrorist talk is inhumane, just think of what these same
terrorist would do to you or your loved one's arm or body!
Citizens of the United
States learned the hard way again on 9/11 that we are not safe.
Nevertheless, it is apparent but by their actions and
talk since then that have once again failed to see the real
picture. Now we look at the UK and are horrified; and yet, these same
people who speak in horrified voices are the same people who are screaming the
loudest to pull our troops out or Iraq--at any and all cost!
To the great people of the
United Kingdom, we stand by you as both friend and ally. Let it
never be said that we turned a yellow streak and raised the white flag of
surrender to these terrorist. As long as the Union Jack flies in the
air, the British Lion will never bow his head to any evil predator.
Our prayers, and more importantly, our resolve to defeat this dirty wind
coming out of the Middle East is ever stronger.
Nations of the world have
gone to help free the Middle Eastern nations from the chains and yokes
strangling them. Now those people have to be heard from! Now
these people who have seen what free nations are willing to sacrifice in
the name of freedom, they have to be accountable for their future.
If these free citizens who now have had the privilege to vote do not
fight to keep it, then all the blood spilt will have been in vain.
To all people who fight
for freedom, let's us stand and salute our comrades in faith and arms--the
United Kingdom. Peace is only a word. Human resolve to keep
freedom is mankind at its most noblest.
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