- Edward Baron Turk
MacDonald, Jeanette (18 June 1903–14 January 1965), movie actress and lyric soprano, was born Jeannette Anna McDonald in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Daniel McDonald, a salesman for a woodworking factory, and Anna May Wright. (The revised spelling of MacDonald’s name for professional purposes occurred as early as 1909 but did not hold until the mid–1920s.) The youngest and most driven of three talented daughters, MacDonald’s earliest musical training came from her sisters, Elsie and Blossom. By age four she was being hired to sing at neighborhood church and lodge functions and was locally dubbed “Baby Jenny Lind.” Her earliest documented performance was in a children’s opera, ...