Gale Sherwood (March 4, 1929 – December 31, 2017) was a Canadian singer and actress, born Jacqueline Nash. She was best known as the singing partner of Nelson Eddy from 1953 until his death in 1967.
The daughter of Mrs. Minette Nash, Sherwood was born in Hamilton, Ontario and graduated in 1945 from the Mar-Ken School, a preparatory high school that catered to children in (or with parents in) the entertainment industry in Hollywood, California. Her mother began training her musically when Sherwood was 18 months old. She became the youngest person to sing on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation when she did so at age 3 and a half. At the age of 5 she began singing on Canadian radio, three years before her family moved to California. When Sherwood was 9 years old, producer Samuel Goldwyn signed her to a film contract.
Her film and television roles included juvenile roles as Betty in They Shall Have Music (1939) and High School Singer in Let's Make Music (1941). As an adult, she appeared as Meelah in Blonde Savage (1947), Ellen Forrester in Rocky, Sophia in Song of My Heart (1948), Yvonne in Naughty Marietta (TV 1955), Morgan Le Fay in A Connecticut Yankee (TV 1955) and Margot, opposite Eddy, in The Desert Song (TV 1955).
Sherwood sang with Eddy on television and in his nightclub act from 1953 until his death in 1967. Her stage roles included Julie in Show Boat in 1967 with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. After she retired from performing, she lived in Boca Raton, Florida.
Sherwood died in the State of Florida on New Year's Eve in 2017, at the age of 88. She was divorced from her first husband, Howard Wayne McCoy, Jr., and was the widow of Charles Edward Francis, who died in 2008.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 4th, 1929, Died December 31st, 2017
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1922
Roles Represented in DAHR: soprano vocal
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Trial 1922-06-06-05]||10-in.||6/6/1922||Pick me up and lay me down in dear old Dixie||Gale Sherwood ; R. J. Sherwood||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist, soprano vocal|
|Victor||[Trial 1922-06-06-06]||10-in.||6/6/1922||Maggie blues||Gale Sherwood ; R. J. Sherwood||Female-male vocal duet, with piano||vocalist, soprano vocal|
|Victor||[Trial 1922-06-06-07]||10-in.||6/6/1922||I'm looking for a bluebird||Gale Sherwood||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, soprano vocal|
|Victor||[Trial 1922-06-06-08]||10-in.||6/6/1922||I certainly must be in love||Gale Sherwood||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist, soprano vocal|
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