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Sharon Rich book jacket photo
Sharon Rich book jacket photo

Sharon Rich (born June 11, 1953) is an American author and film historian, best known for the biography Sweethearts about 1930s singing stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.[1]

Career


She was close friends for many years with Jeanette MacDonald's older sister, actress Blossom Rock (aka Marie Blake).[2] Along with interviewing hundreds of people, Rich had access to many collections of private letters, Eddy’s personal scrapbooks, diary entries, FBI files and MacDonald’s unpublished autobiography (which Rich later annotated in 2004). As follow up documentation to Sweethearts, Rich has written several books and edited and written over seventy magazine articles.

She is also the president of the largest Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy fan club in the United States, the MacDonald/Eddy Friendship Club, which she helped create in the late 70s.[3][4] Rich was made a Dame of Malta in 1995 for her contribution to history and literature.[5] Also in 1995, she went to Washington, D.C., to petition to have MacDonald and Eddy's likeness placed on postage stamps.[6] She was accompanied by around 20 fans and had collected 20,000 signatures for the campaign.[7]

Works


Rich's first book, Jeaneatte MacDonald: A Pictorial History (1974) was published when she was twenty years old.[8] Rich wanted to write the book because she felt that there were "very few idols" left in the world.[8]

Sweethearts was published in hardcover in 1994 and was a selection of the Entertainment Book Club.[5] The book release party was held at the American Film Institute in Washington, D.C. where Rich was a guest speaker.[9] Rich spent twenty years researching the book.[10] The book was revised and updated in 2014.

Books


Magazines


  • Mac/Eddy Today, editor and writer, 76 issues published as of 2017.
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