Happy Gene Raymond’s Birthday!

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond

Today, we celebrate Gene’s 107th birthday with some more of Gene, in his own words. To me, it looks as if his marriage was his proudest accomplishment, too, just as Jeanette had gushed about it to Irene Dunne and Risë Stevens. There is absolutely no denying that love was there.

Knit1

Knit2

And bless Jeanette's heart, she kept knitting!

And bless Jeanette’s heart, she kept knitting!

Just before being deployed. Be still, my heart. <3

Just before being deployed. Be still, my heart. ❤

I really debated whether I’d put the next two up because AH GROSS YOU PEOPLE ARE LIKE MY FAKE THIRD GRANDPARENTS, but… blergh, I have to let them be real life, haha.

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AG1

And on that note, I’m going to go curl up in a ball and be destroyed for a while because, again, HOW FREAKING IN LOVE WAS HE OMG IT’S ALMOST LIKE SOMEONE ACTUALLY FABRICATED EVERYTHING ABOUT JEANETTE AND GENE NOT BEING TOTALLY, COMPLETELY, RIDICULOUSLY IN LOVE.

Wait, one more, just to show that, even when they had fought…

Please note the last three words. Thank you.

Please note the last three words. Thank you.

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4 thoughts on “Happy Gene Raymond’s Birthday!

  1. Many thanks for another wonderful article. These letters are so romantic and, at the same time, just plain adorable.

    I can’t help but giggle every time I try to imagine Jeanette MacDonald knitting. And, apparently, she made one of the items too small. I love it when he says, “Poor kid, you probably got tired knitting so much, which would account for its smallness.”

    Kayla, I SO agree with you that Gene’s marriage was his proudest accomplishment. It seems he couldn’t believe he was so lucky.

    Gene Raymond was a good man who loved his wife. The evidence is there in his own writing. We don’t have to read between the lines or guess what he meant. His words don’t require a footnote to help us understand. His true feelings are right there in black and white. The injustices that has been done to him and to Jeanette are inexcusable, to say the least.

    We press on and we will not give up. Those that have already bought into the MacEddy culture are Rich’s groupies ’til the end of time. We know that! We don’t fight to change their minds because that’s a lost cause. We fight for the day when a book called ‘Sweethearts’ has been read for the VERY LAST TIME!

  2. It amazes me that some continue to believe fictional letters that no one has ever seen rather than letters in Jeanette and Gene’s own handwriting. And then there are those who make excuses, like these were written when Jeanette and Nelson weren’t getting along. I guess they didn’t get along from 1935 to 1945, given how often Jeanette and Gene sent each other letters and telegrams when they were separated by work or the war.

  3. Sharon Rich’s disciples will forever make excuses just as she does on her website. I think those of us on the other side are well aware that there is no changing their minds. I honestly believe that she has a hold on them that we will never understand. It reminds me of the kind of hold religious cult leaders have been known to have over their followers.

    But let them have it!! We will do everything in our power with all of the REAL evidence to see that soon the time will come when no one else falls victim to the MacEddy culture.

    The glorified thank you note from Nelson (for a Christmas gift from Jeanette in 1935) was their great discovery, their proof of an affair. The last letter shown above from Gene is signed “I love you”. Nelson’s great love letter was signed ” Gratefully and Fondly”. So their great discovery WAS proof! But not the kind of proof they thought! It was proof that Sharon Rich never really had any proof to begin with… If she had, that thank you note would not have been such a big deal…

  4. Here, here! I agree 100%. I have long wanted to see SR’s contemporary proof. This, to me, certainly proves the contrary. I am o grateful that you are putting these letters out there for all to see.

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