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    (August 13, 1908-May 2, 1998)
    Born in New York, New York
    Born Raymond Guion
    Married to Jeanette MacDonald (1937–1965)
    Brother-in-law of Blossom Rock
    Appeared in ‘Personal Maid (1931),’ ‘Flying Down to Rio (1933),’ ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941),’ ‘Million Dollar Weekend (also directed, 1948),’ ‘Hit the Deck (1955),’ and ‘The Best Man (1964)’
    Hosted ‘Fireside Theater’ (NBC, 1949–1955)
    Legion of Merit (1960s)
    He was widowed twice (1965, 1995).
    It was not until 1931, at the discretion of the Paramount studio, that he would be billed by his iconic name.
    He tended to be overshadowed by his leading ladies.
    A biographer for Nelson Eddy (who sang at his first wedding) claimed he was prone to gay relationships.
    Curiously, he made only one film with MacDonald (‘Smilin’ Through’ in 1941).
    Both marriages lasted more than 20 years; he waited about nine years to remarry.
    He was also a writer, producer, director, songwriter, tenor, and host — and, predicting American entry into World War Two, an Air Force bomber pilot and colonel in the reserve!
    Because he attended worldwide fan club meetings on behalf of his late first wife, he was not afraid to publicly reminisce about their relationship.
    How many child stars of the 1910s make it into the 1990s?
    He wound up with two Walk of Fame stars — not bad for never being an upper-tier star.

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