Sharon Rich (born June 11, 1953) is an American 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had access to many collections of private letters, Eddy’s personal scrapbooks, diary entries, FBI files and MacDonald’s unpublished autobiography (which Rich later annotated in 2004). As follow up documentation to Sweethearts, Rich has written several additional books and edited and written over seventy magazine articles.
Sharon Rich book jacket photo
She is also the president of the largest Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy fan club in the United States, the MacDonald/Eddy Friendship Club, which she helped create in the late 70s. Rich was made a Dame of Malta in 1995 for her contribution to history and literature. Also in 1995, she went to Washington, D.C., to petition to have MacDonald and Eddy's likeness placed on postage stamps. She was accompanied by around 20 fans and had collected 20,000 signatures for the campaign.
Rich's first book, Jeaneatte MacDonald: A Pictorial History (1974) was published when she was twenty years old. Rich wanted to write the book because she felt that there were "very few idols" left in the world.
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. Rich spent twenty years researching the book.
- 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, 75 issues published as of 2017.
- Brozan, Nadine (February 17, 1995). "Chronicle". Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- Seiler, Michael (1974-04-11). "A Love Call to Jeanette MacDonald". The Los Angeles Times. p. 92. Retrieved 2017-10-30 – via Newspapers.com.
- Masters, Brooke A. (1993-07-18). "For Duo's Fans, the Romance Never Cooled". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
- Nangle, John (January 1995). "Book Reviews". Films in Review. 46 (1/2): 69 – via EBSCOhost.
- "Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy Book Sale!". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
- Brozan, Nadine (1995-02-17). "CHRONICLE". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
- Lacher, Irene (1995-03-01). "MacDonald-Eddy: Stoking the Passions of New Fans". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
- Seiler, Michael (1974-04-11). "A Love Call to Jeanette MacDonald". The Los Angeles Times. p. 81. Retrieved 2017-10-30 – via Newspapers.com.
- AFI Preview Magazine, September 1994
- Ladely, Danny Lee (1995-10-15). "Not All Was Bliss for Sweethearts". Lincoln Journal Star. p. 88. Retrieved 2017-10-30 – via Newspapers.com.