The Life and Legacy of One of Hollywood’s Most Iconic Talents
James Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend Book Giveaway
Calling all James Stewart fans! This month we’re very happy to say that we’ll be giving away TEN COPIES of James Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend by Michael Munn, courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing.
Before we start, I’d like to include my synopsis/review here, which I am privileged to say, is also included in the book, and which I think will give you a good idea of what the book covers — and also give you a sense for how much I enjoyed it (I read it in two days, just couldn’t put it down)…
“James Stewart is undoubtedly one of the most beloved stars in classic movie fandom. During his 50-year career, he became known for his distinctive drawl and down-to-earth persona, embodying the American ‘everyman’ on screen. But that’s not all… To many fans, Stewart’s persona transcended the screen, making him a bona fide symbol of honesty, integrity, determination and patriotism — securing him a unique place in classic movie history as well as in the hearts and minds of his many fans.
James Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend chronicles the key aspects of Stewart’s life and career, but more importantly, allows readers ‘inside access’ via first-hand interviews with Stewart, his wife Gloria, and best friend Henry Fonda, among others. We learn about Stewart’s childhood and lessons learned from his father, his first barnstorm flight and lifelong passion for aviation, his years at Mercersburg Academy and Princeton University — and how his affinity for the accordion sparked his acting career. We are taken through his early years performing with the University Players, his start on Broadway, and his ultimate move to Hollywood to pursue his film career. Along the way, we are treated to stories about his ladies’ man reputation, his ‘lean’ years with room-mate Henry Fonda, his lifelong affection for Margaret Sullavan, and his superstar Hollywood romances before meeting Gloria, his wife of 45 years (thanks to Gary and Veronica Cooper). Additionally, we are given insight into his collaborations with Frank Capra, Anthony Mann and Alfred Hitchcock, and we hear about Stewart’s personal experiences while working on some of his most famous films including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Philadelphia Story (if you ever wondered how Stewart got that raspy voice for the iconic Mr. Smith scene, here’s your chance to find out). We also get a real sense of Stewart’s deep patriotism, as he recounts his active pursuit to enlist in the US Army (even at the expense of his film career), and his relentless campaign to secure approval to fly combat missions during WWII. Upon Stewart’s return to the US as a decorated war hero, we learn about his struggles to re-ignite his film career, maintain relevancy among a new generation of actors, and ethically navigate working as an ‘undercover’ agent for the FBI.
All told, this book is an interesting and enjoyable read which brings us a little closer to the real James Stewart through conversations with the man himself, and the people that knew him.”
–Yours Truly 🙂
Stewart’s first film after the war, It’s a Wonderful Life, with Donna Reed, was a flop in its day, but now it’s the quintessential Christmas film (1946, RKO)
And, now that said, let the contest begin!
In order to qualify to win one of these wonderful books via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, December 31 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.
- December 3: Two Winners
- December 10: Two Winners
- December 17: Two Winners
- December 24: Two Winners
- December 31: Two Winners
We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub and/or right here on this Blog in the comment section below (depending on how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner at 9PM EST on Sunday December 4.
In Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stewart was pitched against the nasty men of power (including Claude Rains), this time in the American Senate (1939, Columbia)
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Jim and Gloria were married on August 9, 1950 at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles. Their 600 guests included stars such as Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper and Ray Milland.
About the book: 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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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub