Sharon Rich book jacket photo
June 11, 1953 |
Los Angeles, California
Sharon Rich (born June 11, 1953) is an author and film historian, best known for the biography Sweethearts about 1930s singing stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. She was close friends for many years with Jeanette's older sister, actress Blossom Rock (aka Marie Blake). 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had access to many collections of private letters, Eddy’s personal scrapbooks, diary entries, FBI files and MacDonald’s unpublished autobiography. As follow up documentation to Sweethearts, Rich has written several additional books and edited and written over seventy magazine articles. In 1995 she was awarded a Dame of Merit by the Knights of Malta for her contribution to History and Literature.
"Sweethearts" was published in hardcover in 1994 and was a selection of the Entertainment Book Club. The book release party was held at the American Film Institute in Washington, D.C. where Rich was a guest speaker. Sweethearts was updated in 2001 and again in 2014. In June 2014 the Sweethearts 20th Anniversary edition was #14 on Amazon's best seller list.
She is the grandniece of Hollywood composer and bandleader Fred Rich.
- Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair Onscreen and Off Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, updated 20th anniversary edition (2014)
- The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay, new introduction by Sharon Rich, comments by MacDonald and Eddy (2005)
- Jeanette MacDonald Autobiography: The Lost Manuscript (2004)
- Jeanette MacDonald: The Irving Stone Letters (2002)
- Nelson Eddy: The Opera Years (2001)
- Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy: Interactive CD-ROM Biography (2000)
- Sweethearts: The Timeless Love Affair Onscreen and Off Between Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy (1994)
- Farewell to Dreams (co-author) (1978)
- Jeanette MacDonald: A Pictorial Treasury (1973)
- Mac/Eddy Today, editor and writer, 71 issues published as of 2015.
- AFI Preview Magazine, September 1994
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