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, he 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 U.S. President Franklin D.
Roosevelt in 1941. He also introduced millions of young Americans to
classical music and inspired many of them to pursue a musical career.