b. 28 February 1875, Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada, d. 25 July 1962, Westport, Connecticut, USA. Trained as an opera singer, MacDonald was raised in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Singing professionally from 1892, her New York appearances included In Gay Paree (1899), The Princess Chic (a Kirk LaShelle-Julian Edwards show in which she played the lead), The Cadet Girl, and Hodge, Podge & Co (all 1900), The Toreador (1902), An English Daisy and The Sho-Gun (both 1904), Mexicana and The Belle Of Mayfair (both 1906). In the latter, MacDonald sang the Leslie Stuart compositions ‘In Gay Mayfair’ (lyrics by William Caine), ‘Where You Go, Will I Go’ (lyrics by Basil Hood), ‘The Little Girl At The Sweet Shop’ (lyrics by Charles H.E. Brookfield and Cosmo Hamilton). She played the title role Hook in Miss Hook Of Holland (1907), and in 1910 was in The Prince Of Bohemia, a revival of The Mikado and the long-running The Spring Maid, playing the role of Princess Bozena. The music was by Heinrich Reinhardt, lyrics by Harry B. Smith and Robert B. Smith, and MacDonald’s songs included ‘Day Dreams (Anticipation)’ (for which Robert Hood Bowers collaborated on the music), ‘The Next May Be The Right’, ‘The Fountain Fay’, ‘Take Me Dear’ (music by Bowers), and ‘Two Little Love Bees’. The following year, MacDonald recorded the latter song for Victor Records.
MacDonald appeared in Sweethearts (1913) as Sylvia, a role created for her by composer Victor Herbert. With lyrics by Robert B. Smith, her songs included ‘Sweethearts (If You Ask Where Love Is Found)’, ‘Mother Goose’, ‘In The Convent They Never Taught Me That’, ‘The Angelus’ and ‘The Cricket On The Hearth’, the last two duets with Thomas Conkey. In 1920, MacDonald played the role of Lady Holyrood in a revival of Floradora. MacDonald’s features were ‘When I Leave Town’, ‘Tact’, ‘I’ve An Inklin’’, ’I Want To Marry A Man, I Do’, and ‘(When) An Interfering Person’. In 1992 a show entitled Christie and based on her early life was presented in MacDonald’s home town by Coastline Theatre.