page is dedicated to Jeanette's own words. Here, our Golden Diva speaks to
us through articles, interviews, tape recording. In today's world when so
many are making up stories about Jeanette, saying whatever they wish (true or
not), we feel that it is refreshing to have Miss MacDonald speak for herself as
she so eloquently had done throughout her life.
Her "True Loyal Fans" have long since realized that
some people will makeup whatever they like or twist and turn "Just one of her
words" into a fantasy they wish was true, which exists only in their own minds.
It is true that they shout it loud in hopes that by just saying it over and over
again, it will make it come true. There are books that are published by
people who "Claim" to know the real inside of Jeanette and go from city to city
crying out their words of fiction and fable, and now that same faction of make
believers and fable makers are on the internet spreading the same false words.
We do not claim to be experts in any way, shape or
form. We are just a Fan Club of Jeanette's True Loyal Fans, hoping to get
her words out and set the record straight. We, as her Loyal Fans, and we
are a small group, nevertheless, a dedicated group, we are all that our Darling
Jeanette has left to defend her.
To this end, for more than 50 years there has been
two of Jeanette's greatest True Loyal Fans, Clara Rhoades and Tessa Williams,
the President and Vice-president of the JMIFC. The JMIFC is the only
sanctioned Fan Club. Jeanette recognized and she personally chose Miss
Clara Rhoades to be the President of her Fan Club, knowing that Clara would
honor and protect Jeanette against all those dark clouds waiting on the black
horizon to begin spreading false words once she had passed on and thus try to
throw a shroud of darkness over her Shining Star.
We, here at the JMFC, do think it is ironic that
while she was alive had any of these falsehoods were then written, but sprung up
only after her died. All those who wanted to cash in our Jeanette's
Sterling reputation just waited and waited until she had left this world for
Golden Cloud to watch over her Loyal Fans, and then they started to rewrite the
real life of Jeanette, spewing forth everything from the kitchen sink to the
street sewer caps. To trash Jeanette, they got their wish come true.
They were able to take an angel and soil her to the likening of their own
Gia and I, and all of her Dedicated merry group of
fans who love and worship Jeanette will seek out whatever we can, from wherever
possible--be it just one "Line" she said--and we will post it here. This
website is only for the honoring of a great lady, loving wife, and a true
artist. And to this end, we seek out the wonderful and uplifting moments in
her life for future generations who will come along and get to know and love
Jeanette like we do.
So please read and enjoy, and if you have any moments
in her life we can post, send them to us and we will share your joy with all those
others Loyal Fans who have found the Truly Divine Jeanette MacDonald.
A Big 5 Star Jeanette Smile to you all...
Gia & Gio/ JMFC Hosts
Posted Gio * June 1-2010
(Article from LIFE MAGAZINE-1938)
My sincere thanks for the lovely layout on Sweethearts in your issue of Oct.24,
and deep appreciation for the many generous comments in the captions.
Since LIFE is so accurate in its statements and since I have been told that its
editors welcome corrections whenever, in inadvertently, an inaccuracy of
statement appears, I am writing to correct the completely exaggerated statement
in regard to the cost of my wedding. Oh, I know that amounts has been printed
before, but LIFE wants facts and I want to clear up some of the statements that
have haunted me in regard to the most sacred event of my life.
My wedding cost, including the reception and trousseau (and it was a nice
trousseau, if I do say it as I shouldn't), was less than $5000.
Despite reports to the contrary, it was really a simple wedding. All my life I
had dreamed of the kind of wedding I wanted, and that was the kind of wedding we
The decoration of the church was beautiful, (why not? I'd had years to plan it).
We used my favorite rose, the Johanna Hill, in great profusion. And we were
proud and pleased that it was our good friend Nelson Eddy who sang.
True, there was a large crowd outside the church (I believe the police reported
the crowd as numbering 18,000) and both Gene and I were touched by the reception
they gave us as we went to our car.
But the wedding itself was not spectacular, did not have a "musical comedy
setting, did not cost $25,000. I simply cannot imagine how anyone could spend
$25,000 on a wedding without thoughtless extravagance and I cannot abide such
extravagance--I am, you must remember, a MacDonald!
Los Angeles, Calif.
We like to thank our own
for finding this great piece
about Jeanette. We also would like to send our deep appreciation to
of the San Francisco City Museum
for use of this article. To explore of the San Francisco City Museum
please use this link:
San Francisco News
March 24, 1942
‘Every Woman Should Do Share to Win War,’ Says Screen Star BY EMILIA HODEL
BY EMILIA HODEL
“Any work these days is war work,” said Jeanette MacDonald, concert artist and
Hollywood film star, who will give a concert tomorrow evening at the Opera
House to benefit the American Women’s Voluntary Services.
“Even if a woman is at home washing dishes she is in the war! I think every
woman should make an extra effort to help in civilian defense now. And I do
think that we are all eager to do whatever we can. I only hope, though, that
overzealousness, won’t make ‘putterers.’
strongly believe in organized work, so that all this willing energy won’t be
Miss MacDonald is a member of the state board of directors of A.W.V.S. and one
of the organization’s sponsors in Southern California.
explained that while she had no preference as to the organization with which
she should work, she felt that she could do more to aid the newer
is giving a second benefit concert in Los Angeles on Friday for A.W.V.S.
the war effort people should try to do the work they are best qualified for. I
am an entertainer so I try to raise money for the organization by my concert
famous star has planned a popular concert for San Francisco, since she feels
that her audience will prefer light music.
she explained that she can give only the two California concerts at this time,
since she is scheduled to begin a new picture next week.
is a spy story with music called 'The Shadow of a Lady,' It is a comedy–we hope,” she laughed.
Miss MacDonald is just as beautiful as she appears in the Technicolor films
you have seen. For her interview yesterday in her suite at the Palace Hotel
she was wearing an ensemble of black and turquoise with a necklace of red-gold
and turquoise. She explained that the dress had originally had green cuffs,
but–even as you and I–she had seen the necklace and redesigned
the dress herself to match the turquoise beads.
“I’ve just finished a hectic month getting my husband (Gene Raymond) packed
and away. He is a lieutenant in the Air Force Combat Command.
“And as soon as I finish this picture I hope to go wherever he is and keep
house. After all he is in the Army now and it isn’t a film star’s salary that
he is being paid. I will probably cook and wash dishes. And I think I’ll enjoy
it very much for a while.”
When Miss MacDonald motored here from Del Monte yesterday, she was met by a
convoy of 50 Motor Transport cars and local police who took her on a tour of
the city. With her were Mrs. Charles R. Jeffs, state executive director of
A.W.V.S., and officers of the local organization.
San Francisco News
March 24, 1942
We graciously thank Clara Rhoades and Tessa
Williams for allowing us to print this article.
Jeanette's response to a question sent into the Golden Comet Question Box:
Question: What kind of gift do you enjoy receiving most?
Jeanette: "The donations you all make to our Therapy Fund and your
Yes, this was the kind of woman she was--always thinking of others, helping all
she could in whatever way she could, and she appreciated Loyalty!
Now it is our turn to show our love and LOYALTY! We must get out there and let
people know about our Jeanette and this WEBSITE! If you tell a friend about our
JMFC Website, we will soon have an army of Jeanette MacDonald fans, living to
praise and adore her.
Like the rest of us, we are sure you would move heaven and high water for
Jeanette, and we appreciate and look forward to the support you bring to this
We need from everyone articles you find or can write, pictures, facts and
tidbits, movie reviews and to start a catalog of everything she did, and post it
for the world to see, and to show the world how we all deeply care to bring her
to the forefront of the world's stage
Remember, all Jeanette really wanted for a gift was our wonderful Loyalty, so
now is the time to show it! Don't wait for the next person to act, let us all
act on our own heartfelt feelings to do for the Divine Diva.
A Big Jeanette Smile to you...Gio & Gia
An article from La Petite Comet * Fall, 1997 *
We graciously thank Clara Rhoades and Tessa
Williams for allowing us to print this from La Petite Comet Fall, 1997. Post on
Website June 1, 2010.
Gift from Lee Q.
SO YOU WANT TO SING?
That goes for
52,000 girls and young women who have written to me in the last year.
They ask how to get a start, what to do, and a thousand other questions that
are pointed - and a little bit pathetic, too - because I understand.
About all I can offer in reply is the thumbnail story of
another girl who wanted to sing. Perhaps it should be done in chronological
order of its importance... Stick to your singing.
I don’t mind writing this column one bit, because it
warms my heart to have young girls ask me for "advice." It means you have
learned the very first principle of a career.
1. Ask - Ask - Ask. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t
know anything. Find out all you can. First, ask in your neighborhood, town or
city for the names of the finest teachers — piano, dramatic, language. You
can’t become a singer without instruction. All this talk about a God-given
voice is fine listening — but just listen to it — and help it along by
intelligent training. Notice, I did not mention a singing coach for a child.
My parents started my two sisters, and me, on musical careers when we were
youngsters. I was six when I took my first piano lessons. Also, I studied
dancing, and singing. But - and this is an important but. • I do not advocate
singing lessons for children. A child’s voice is a tender thing. Starting a
child too early will prove costly in later years. Singing in early childhood
enlarges the muscles of the throat, and obstructs the flow of breath. As I
said, I took lessons as a child, even sang as a child. The result was that I
had to stop singing for two years. Childhood is the time for piano lessons,
elocution lessons, language lessons, dancing lessons. It is the time to learn
the rudiments, the fundamentals, of a musical education. Mothers, just
remember that your youngster has plenty of time to perform before the Ladies’
Aid meeting. Those large auditoriums are easy places in which to strain tender
vocal chords. Take your time. There’s plenty of that. And there’s plenty of
time for singing lessons. When you once start, you never stop. I still take
lessons. In music, your learning goes on and on and on.
2. Don’t be in a hurry to taste life. A career is a
long, hard climb. Travel must wait. So must many girlish pleasures. So must
security wait, if it is going to mean even temporary postponement of study.
Does that sound cruel? I don’t mean it to be. But I can only speak from my own
experiences. I know that a true careerist must discipline herself to a point
of cruelty, sometimes. When I determined that I would devote myself completely
to the development of my voice, it wasn’t easy to make such a decision -and,
more important, it wasn’t easy to keep. But through it, I learned the greatest
lesson of all — patience. And you youngsters who address your letters to
"Star-Jeanette MacDonald," don’t do too much envying. Recently, I spent the
entire time soaked to the skin from 9:00AM until 6:00PM for a scene in SMILIN’
THROUGH. Then I went home and spent an hour vocalizing, then rehearsing the
lovely song. "Smilin’ Through." while I sang in the picture, for another hour,
and then I collapsed in bed! But, between ourselves, I love every minute of
it. Every minute? Well, almost every minute!
Now to come to
Blossom’s part in my career — that’s the third lesson.
3. Remember that every friend
you make is a stepping stone to your career. By that I don’t mean you "use"
them. In no sense of the word. But friendliness. friendship, and friends, are
the biggest help any singer can have. Not always materially, but always
spiritually. If it had not been for Blossom, who was appearing in a New York
revue when father took me, a gangling kid, to visit her backstage, perhaps I
wouldn’t be in a position to fret about getting wet on a motion picture sound
stage. When the dance director saw me, he asked if I were interested in the
stage. I almost bowled him over by the eagerness of my yes". Then, it was
Blossom who persuaded Father to let me show what I could do. And it was
Blossom who helped convince father that I wasn’t too young to start a career.
Did I say that I started as a dancer? I did. It was only when, having tripped
onto the stage in one of my early appearances and starting to sing in sheer
embarrassment, that dancing was sidetracked. So, here goes rule number...
4. Know a little of everything. This includes at least
one language other than English. Because becoming a singer means studying all
your life. Music, literature, languages, history, personalities. A singer
meets every type of person. In the theater you are thrown with stars of big
and little magnitude, with producers who have traveled the world over, with
theater managers who, perhaps, know only their own side-street, with men and
women of continental culture. On a movie set, it is the same. We had been
shooting exactly two weeks on SMILIN’ THROUGH and, in that time, I had talked
and shaken hands with representatives from South America’s highest naval
circles, posed with Mexico’s leading bullfighter, exchanged views with the
writer of America’s best-seller novel, and that talk was one of the most
enjoyable I have ever experienced. So singing doesn’t only mean running
do-re-mi in excellent voice.
So many of you want to know if being feminine interferes
with a career, Of course, it doesn’t. To prove it, I’ll make number...
5. Stay feminine. Honesty makes me admit, however, that
there’s no necessity for overdoing it. I should know. I lost an opportunity
for the finest role of my beginner‘s career because I went overboard on
femininity. It all came about when the woman producing one of Broadway’s most
talked—about-to—be—released shows, summoned me for an audition. I was in
seventh Heaven, but what woman wants to meet another woman unless she’s
wearing a new hat? An hour before my appointment, I scurried to a shop for
that hat. It had to be devastating. Well, I bought the hat. Whether it was
devastating or not. I’ll never know. I was late for my appointment, the plumb
role went to another, and I was left "devastated" by my hat. That little
incident taught me something about being feminine at the wrong time. And it
brings me to another point made important by your questions. Does marriage
interfere with a career?
6. Again, I can
only speak from my own experience. I feel that my career has gained from my
marriage, and my life is richer with the new interests marriage has given it.
It has thrown me a challenge - I want to meet that challenge by making a
success of both my marriage and my career. I hope to do so. Mr. Raymond and I
have been particularly happy on SMILIN’ THROUGH, as we are teamed on the
screen for the first time. It’s lots of fun to play "immortal" love scenes
with your husband. And it’s one time you don’t have to prod your "young man"
to say pretty nothings. Here goes for number...
7. Love and career go hand—in—hand, providing each of
you has the other’s interest at heart.
But there’s one
question so many of you don’t mention—your physical well being.
8. Health! None of us can succeed without health. Plenty
of exercise, quantities of fresh air, an abundance of sleep, sensible food --
all go into the make-up of a singer. Don’t worry about diet fads. Eat
sensibly. When I’m working. I eat as often as five times a day. Because it’s
much better to eat lightly often, than heavily once a day. Rich foods and
sticky sweets will never spell S I N G E R. Yes, you’re going to have to pass
up many pieces of luscious chocolate fudge cake. Very seriously, there’ no
"Royal Road to Song." There’s hard work, more work, perseverance, training,
more work and health. Also there’s number...
9. Plenty of fun. Be happy to sound happy. Work is
necessary, but overwork is fatal. The voice should be fresh and the spirit
fresh. And—if I don’t close this column soon, I won’t be fresh for my next
~~THE IDEAL WOMAN (Nov. ‘41) ~~
article from La Petite Comet * Fall, 1972 * Page 5
"Certain things offend me. Bawdy stories that have no point,
familiarities from casual acquaintances. I don' pretend to
dislike them in order to set myself up as a holier—than—thou. I just
don't like them. And why should I make believe that I do, just for
the sake of having someone I don't care a whoop about call me a good
sport? That's cowardice."
** * * * * *
"If I am any better-looking or more appealing than when I first
came to Hollywood, it is because I have tried to make the most of
what I have. I have practiced walking up and down before a full-length mirror at home, because the screen showed me that I moved in a
jerky fashion. I learned to carry my head at a better angle and I
corrected a very bad slouch. I do not think that my personality has
changed, except that now I am happier and a little more assured. Any
woman or girl can easily do what I have done; I have merely watched
for defects and have corrected them."
** * * * * *
"I dress much better now than I did, because I have gained a
knowledge of what I should and should not wear. Close-ups have a way
of showing what is wrong with clothes. I have learned to select
every article of clothing carefully, because it is good business for
an actress to be properly and effectively gowned and groomed. The
spiritual bounty that comes from being well-dressed more than offsets
any lack of material food."
** * * * * *
"I've always believed that the two essentials for creating an
illusion of beauty are poise and style - when a woman possesses them,
she has more than beauty. The woman who has poise, who is at ease,
who is not self-conscious, is always charming, because in forgetting
bodily self she gives her mind and spirit an opportunity to express
themselves. Style does to the outer woman what poise does for the
inner self. Travel has helped me to acquire what poise I have. My
trip to France did a great deal toward giving me self-confidence; I
was given quite an ovation over there."
** * * * * *
"I have no inhibitions about smoking or drinking, but I think
too much of my voice to place it in jeopardy. I have spent many good
years in training and cultivating it, and I would be foolish to do
anything which might impair or ruin it."
** * * * * *
"Let's take a look at the women we know who are staying young
despite their years ... you think of everyone you know, and I'll do
the same. I'll bet our lists have one thing in common. Every young-looking woman has something to do - a business, a career, home-making, or a profession. Well, the managing of a home can be a
profession in itself. This gives us the first rule for youth. Be
active! Whatever you do, whether it's singing, writing, managing a
home, or keeping books in an office, work at it -- hard."...."Avoid
boredom, which is certainly another highly important rule for youth.
For a bored woman cannot possibly be a young woman, no matter how
young she is in years" ...
"Another important rule - map out your
days. Don't waste time over bridge tables, unless that is the form of
relaxation your nature craves. Don' t dawdle over unimportant things,
ruining your day. I know girls who are married and are still staying
young in spite of the demands of their homes, their husbands, their
growing children. They're staying young because they are clever-smart enough to schedule their lives, to do the things they enjoy,
and to keep on being the girls their husbands fell in love with.
That's why I say that clever women don't grow old, not in this modern
world. There isn't time if you're busy.
People wonder, sometimes, why
I bother to take so many lessons when I might `get by' on the things
I know now. Without admitting that I would `get by,' I tell them that
I enjoy learning new things. Sometimes the daily French lesson itself
is tedious, but I'm amply repaid when I visit France and can do things
and appreciate things that would be impossible for me if I didn't
** * * * * *
"The motive of the woman of today seems to be a brisk efficiency
in experiencing everything. She does not want to share a man's
freedom; she wants a freedom of her own. But I cannot help feeling
that woman is on the threshold of the realization that mere
reckless `freedom' is the last thing in the world that-will bring her
happiness, or set her free from the persistent clamoring of her
woman's soul for the things which nature has made stronger than
herself - her instincts for wifehood and home-making." ... "I'd rather
be loved, and to love, than to have all this new freedom. I believe
that any true woman would. Woman, like man, can only be free when she
follows her finest and strongest instincts. To have these smothered
because of the faddish frenzy of the moment is ludicrous."
** * * * * *
"Marriage is important. Approach it with intelligence; don't
leave things to circumstance or to luck. Enter into marriage with a
sensitive understanding of the complexities of emotion, which is the
basis for any good marriage." ... "Quarrels between married folk are
not always to be deplored; for sometimes they serve to clear the air.
Sometimes, also, they can be actually funny; that's why a mutual
sense of humor is so important." ... "It is also important never to
forget that you are married; and that cheapening flirtations, while
tending to reassure you as to your own attractiveness, tend, also, to
label you as lacking in good taste. Good taste, or lack of it, plays
an important part in the respect you command from a husband." ...
"Don't risk the real world for the superficial world of your career.
Women are fools who sacrifice their essential femininity, their
greatest weapon, to wander defenseless into a man's
worlds." ... "Woman's next greatest weapon is brains. Brains, not
beauty. I've known beauties without brains who never got to first
base. Take the Ziegfeld showgirls, loveliest in the world. Those who
had brains survived. And where are the rest of them? Intelligence and
spirit give a deep beauty far greater than anything you can get from
a perfect nose, or a pair of huge eyes - a beauty that doesn't
** * * * * *
"Seriously, I believe that if a man is worth marrying, he is
worth keeping happy. You may say it should work the other way around,
too. I agree. And in any well—adjusted marriage, I'm sure
that it does. But I'm perfectly willing to believe that the
responsibility for happiness in marriage lies largely in the woman's
hands. In a man's world, that's a woman's job - and none better!"
... "In love, in fidelity, in qualities of the spirit, men need to
look up to women, and this is a need women should not take lightly.
Nothing can embitter a man more cruelly than to be disillusioned in
the woman he loves." ... "Marriage is not only that deep sense of
rightness you get in belonging together, it's a hundred little things
that make up your days. And life is made up of days.".....