Nelson Eddy was the blond baritone of opera, motion pictures, radio and nightclubs.
Eddy made his operatic debut with the Philadelphia Civic Opera in 1924, singing Tonio in "I Pagliacci." He sang roles in operas written by Puccini, Verdi, Wagner and others all over the United States—ending his career on the opera stage singing Amonasro in Verdi's "Aida" at the San Francisco Opera in 1935.
After doing odd bits in films, Eddy established himself in films with his role in the adaption of Victor Herbert's operetta "Naughty Marietta." Eddy's costar was Jeanette MacDonald—it was the first of eight movies the singing sweethearts made together. Their last picture together was "I Married an Angel" in 1942.
Eddy's last appearance on the screen was a live television performance of the operetta "The Desert Song" in 1955. His costar, Gale Sherwood, was also his singing partner on the nightclub circuit for 15 years.