Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend

Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend

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by Michael Munn
     
 

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Many of the stars of the silver screen in twentieth-century Hollywood became national icons, larger-than-life figures held up as paragons of American virtues. Unfortunately, the private lives of actors such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Errol Flynn rarely lived up to the idealistic roles they portrayed. However, James Stewart was known as the underdog fighter in

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Many of the stars of the silver screen in twentieth-century Hollywood became national icons, larger-than-life figures held up as paragons of American virtues. Unfortunately, the private lives of actors such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Errol Flynn rarely lived up to the idealistic roles they portrayed. However, James Stewart was known as the underdog fighter in many of his films and in real life. He was highly decorated for his bravery during his time as a bomber pilot during World War II and was adored for his earnest and kindly persona.

Here many unknown sides of Stewart are revealed: his explosive temper, his complex love affairs, his service as a secret agent for the FBI, his innate shyness, and his passionate patriotism. Munn’s personal touch shines through his writing, as he was a friend of Stewart and his wife, Gloria, and interviewed them as well as their colleagues and friends. This definitive biography reveals the childhood ups and downs that formed this cinema hero, explores the legendary Fonda–Stewart relationship, and recounts Stewart’s experiences making acclaimed films that include The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

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“This affectionate biography is intriguing and groundbreaking. . . . The content is immensely valuable in exploring Stewart’s dark side.” —Sunday Times

“A fun Old Hollywood bio.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628734959
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
7,429
File size:
792 KB

Meet the Author


Michael Munn is a film historian and the author of twenty-five books, including Stars at War, The Hollywood Connection, Richard Burton, and the bestseller John Wayne: The Man Behind the Myth. As a journalist, he has written extensively on cinema, crime, ancient history, and World War II. He lives in Suffolk, England.

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Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't really know what I expecred, but this book wasn't it. It was such a slow read. I am a Jimmy Stewart fan and I guess I wanted more of his life with his family.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
Omg in the shop around the corner he was so hot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If they have a "normal" life despite their work it is of no interest and if they have human failings these are blown up to represent the artistic temperment. One actor said he decided his temperment was just temper and took himself to anger control. that the studios tried to make their stars "normal" to their fans worked until the time for tell all bios. That the great warrior never was in the army or the naive girl next door wasnt or the great romantic hero was gay one actor was from an acting family and so normal and liked no one knew what to do with his bio so thet didnt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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