McDonald, Christie

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McDonald, Christie

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1875-1962

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Christie McDonald (also spelled MacDonald) was Canadian-born opera singer and actress. Born in Pictou, Nova Scotia on February 28, 1875, she was the daughter of John MacClean MacDonald, a shipbuilder and innkeeper in Pictou and Jessie MacKenzie. The family moved to Boston, Massachusetts when she was nine years old. Her first professional performance was in 1892 and she performed regularly in New York. In 1913, she appeared in "Sweethearts" as Sylvia, a role that was written for her by the composer Victor Herbert. She is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1910 operetta "Spring Maid" by Heinrich Reinhardt. McDonald was married twice, first to William W. Jefferson (son of the actor Joseph Jefferson) in 1901, and then to Henry L. Gillespie (1911).

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