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2¾x4½ sepia photo of both, draped in Hawaiian leis, probably on their honeymoon. Photograph signed: "Jeanette/MacDonald", "Gene/Raymond". Sepia, 2¾x4½.

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2¾x4½ sepia photo of both, draped in Hawaiian leis, probably on their honeymoon.

Photograph signed: "Jeanette/MacDonald", "Gene/Raymond". Sepia, 2¾x4½. One of  the best early films of actress/singer Jeannette MacDonald's (1903-1965) was Monte Carlo (1930), in which she sang "Beyond the Blue Horizon" from the observation car of a moving train. In 1935, MGM teamed MacDonald with baritone Nelson Eddy in Naughty Marietta, the first of eight highly popular MacDonald-Eddy film musicals. Though lampooned by comedians, the pair's films were consummately produced and strove to entertain every member of the film audience, not merely opera lovers. After I Married an Angel (1942), the singing team split. MacDonald trained diligently to become a bona fide opera star, finally making her operatic debut in a 1943 Montreal production of Romeo and Juliet. Raymond (1908-1998) first appeared on stage at age 5, and on Broadway at age 12. Some of his best screen assignments include the anguished death row inmate in If I Had a Million (1932), the renegade groundskeeper in Zoo in Budapest (1933), the guy who won Dolores Del Rio in Flying Down to Rio (1933), the stuffy "other man" in Hitchcock's Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941) and a glad-handing politico in The Best Man (1964). In 1948, Raymond produced, directed, co-wrote and starred in Million Dollar Weekend. A B-17 bomber pilot over Germany in World War II, he remained in the active reserves until 1968, long enough to fly airlifts in Vietnam, retire as a Colonel and win many decorations, including the Legion of Merit. Raymond and MacDonald were married from 1937 until her death. Married in Los Angeles, MacDonald and Raymond honeymooned in Hawaii. This picture was probably taken during that trip. The couple made only one film together, Smilin' Through (1941).  Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition. 

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