Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend

Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend

by Michael Munn


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

In this New York Times bestseller, the many sides of Stewart are revealed: his explosive temper, his complex love affairs and his longstanding marriage, his service as an FBI agent, 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 such acclaimed films as The Philadelphia Story, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, It’s a Wonderful Life, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510704145
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 606,393
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lee Pfeiffer xi

Preface xv

1 How the Stewarts Won the West 1

2 Beat the Kaiser 11

3 Inventions and Education 19

4 The Lady's Man 33

5 Taking to the Stage 41

6 Hollywood 59

7 Gangsters 68

8 What Shall We Do With Jimmy Stewart? 82

9 Star Status 94

10 An Oscar and a Commission 106

11 Over There 125

12 Trying For a Wonderful Life 138

13 The Secret FBI Agent 150

14 Undercover in Hollywood 160

15 Gloria 177

16 Keeping All the Balls in the Air 196

17 The Anthony Mann Years 211

18 Friendships Renewed and Destroyed 225

19 Times of Depression 236

20 The Last Good Decade 253

21 The Television Years 271

22 Honoured to the Very End 282

Filmography 292

Sources 303

Bibliography 305

Index 307

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Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative and insightful. Respectful.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read about old Hollywood a lot of on-site on the behind scenes how the studios worked. Loved Jimmy. His younger years he was a Casanova I’m anxious to read the other books by the Author. I have always been fascinated with celebrities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always loved Jimmy, Loved his life story. Could be/should be made into a movie itself, but then who can really play JIMMY STEWERT.!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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