Nelson Eddy

June 29, 1901 – March 6, 1967

Nelson Ackerman Eddy was a celebrated, classically-trained baritone who rose to prominence on the Philadelphia opera stages in the 1920s and early ’30s. His talent, charisma and good looks made for a successful career giving concerts all across the U.S.. One such concert occurred in 1933 in Los Angeles when he subbed for Lotte Lehmann at the last minute. The audience for that concert was full of Hollywood producers and studio folk and before Eddy could blink, he was under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After struggling at first to find a place to showcase their newfound golden voice, MGM finally paired Eddy with an established star – Jeanette MacDonald – in 1935’s Naughty Marietta. The musical was a smash hit and Eddy and MacDonald would go on to make 7 more films together, becoming one of the biggest box office duos of the era. Rumors of their off-screen romance surround the pair for decades. Throughout his time in Hollywood, Nelson continued to give concerts whenever possible. He forayed into television via variety shows and guest spots and recorded albums. But, his love was the stage. Instead of focusing on TV or films in his twilight, he developed a very successful nightclub act. In 1967, while performing in one of these acts in Florida, Eddy suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died. He was 65.

Burial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Legends – At the south end of the lake, Eddy’s large, black family marker with the rounded stone can be found 3 rows north of the street, across from the mausoleum entrance. Nelson is buried directly in front of this marker, next to his mother.

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