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Nelson Eddy

Nelson Eddy
from the film Sweethearts (1938)
Personal information
Birth nameNelson Ackerman Eddy
Birth dateJune 29, 1901
Place of birthProvidence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Date of deathMarch 06, 1967(age 65)
Death placePalm Beach, Florida, U.S.
Cause of deathCerebral hemorrage
Resting placeHollywood Forever Cemetery
OccupationBaritone, film star
SpouseAnn Denitz Franklin (1939 - 1967)
ParentsWilliam Darius Eddy
Caroline Isabelle Kendrick

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Nelson Ackerman Eddy (June 29, 1901 - March 6, 1967) was an American singer and actor who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television, and in nightclubs. A classically trained baritone, he is best remembered for the eight films in which he costarred with soprano Jeanette MacDonald. He was one of the first "crossover" stars, a superstar appealing both to shrieking bobby-soxers as well as opera purists, and in his heyday was the highest paid singer in the world.

During his 40-year career, he earned three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (one each for film, recording, and radio), left his footprints in the wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater, earned three Gold records, and was invited to sing at the third inauguration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He also introduced millions of young Americans to classical music and inspired many of them to pursue a musical career.

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