Nelson Eddy Lays It on Line to Get Out of MGM Contract

by Hedda Hopper
Los Angeles Times
August 24, 1942

Hedda Hopper’s Looking At Hollywood

Hollywood, Cal., Aug. 24. —The mighty Metro is snowed under with requests for more Nelson Eddy pictures, but I don’t think you’ll be seeing any more from that studio. Here’s the lowdown on his deal with them, and it’s pretty amazing, to say the least:

Tho he was one of their greatest money makers, his salary never rose above $2500 a week (which he gets in one night on his concert tours), and after balking at playing a sort of Daddy Long Legs to Newcomer Kathryn Grayson, he asked for his release. They said: “Sure, we’ll give it to you, but it’ll cost you dough.” It did. They wanted all the money he’s earned from them since Jan. He paid it. That’s how badly he wanted to get away.

Concert Star, Screen Idol, Is Truly ‘Self-Made Man’

by Mary Mann
The Salt Lake Tribune
December 22, 1935

Nelson Eddy, screen film idol and one of America’s foremost baritones, is coming to Salt Lake City on January 15 to give a concert tinder the sponsorship of the extension division of the University of Utah.

A few short years ago, Nelson Eddy was a newspaper man who never dreamed of becoming an international figure. He sang at his work to the tune of losing two good jobs. Either his editors had no ear for music or they were unappreciative talent.


Nelson Eddy Finally Tries Eating Shortnin’ Bread; Singer Likes It

by Bob Thomas
Associated Press
November 18, 1946


Hollywood, Nov. 18, (AP) — Mammy’s little baby loves shortnin’ bread, and so does Nelson Eddy now after years of singing the darn song.

In recent years Eddy and shortnin’ bread have become as closely associated as Red Skelton and “I Dood It,” or salt and peanuts. Only just recently did Nelson try the pastry.

A cook in northern California heard he was to be her guest, so she whipped up some.

“You know, it tastes pretty good,” Nelson said.


Nelson Eddy’s True Life Story

by Elza Schallert
Modern Screen
October/November 1935



DRUMS—drums—church solos—Gilbert and Sullivan operettas—drums…

The singing Nelson Eddy was born on a July 29th. in Providence, Rhode Island, the only child of lsabel Kendrick and William D. Eddy, with the heating of drums, the anthems of choral singing a part of his heritage.

It may sound as though the small Nelson had been born either to the Comanche Indians or into a professional world of entertainers. Nothing could lie farther from the truth. As a matter of fact, so alien was any idea of theatrical life in any of its aspects to any one of the Eddys that Nelson has been poor man, rich man, newspaper man. advertising man, iron worker—all but beggarman and thief—before his golden baritone came into its rich and rightful own. (more…)

The Inside Story of Nelson Eddy’s Marriage

by Elza Schalleept
Modern Screen May 1939


Here’s the real lowdown on the capitulation to Cupid of the screen’s most eligible bachelor

I’M INCLINED to be an ‘old man!’ Very serious! Ann keeps me young. She makes me see the lighter side of things. She’s a bucket of fun and gayety, yet very sound and substantial. She has been the strongest influence in my life and career during the past three years.”

Nelson Eddy told me this on the day after he and Ann Franklin were married, the clay following their elopement to Las Vegas.


When Nelson Eddy Sang For Nelson Eddy

Dallas Morning News
April 10, 1935

Nelson Eddy, the baritone, and a group of friends sat a private screening of his picture, “Naughty Marietta” in the Interstate screening room Monday night. During the scene in which he sings “I’m Falling in Love With Some One,” to Jeanette MacDonald, he signaled Buddy Holman, the projectionist, to turn off the sound and he supplied the music in person. (more…)