Jimmy Stewart: The Truth Behind the Legend

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Robson, 2005 - Motion picture actors and actresses - 317 pages
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In this definitive biography of one of Hollywood's most beloved stars, Michael Munn reveals the truth behind the diffident, earnest and kindly persona of Jimmy Stewart. Drawn from the author's formal interviews and informal meetings with the star and his friendship with Stewart's wife, Gloria, is this portrait of a man who came from the Presbyterian traditions of Pennsylvania to become one of the silver screen's enduring legends. An openly right-wing Conservative and super-patriot, Stewart worked for the FBI at the behest of J Edgar Hoover, directing his undercover sleuthing to crack organised crime in Hollywood. But he was unscrupulously manipulated by the president into flushing out Communists from the film industry. Among these revelations, there are also tales of heady love affairs, hookers and hoodlums, and of Stewart's run-in with the most dangerous of all gangsters, Benjamin 'Bugsy' Sigal. Accusations of racism are explored, as is Stewart's notoriously volatile temper. There is a comprehensive account of his experiences as a colonel in the US Air Force in World War Two - and, of course, there are the films: ''It's a Wonderful Life', ''The Greatest Show on Earth', ''Rear Window', the westerns and his Academy Awards. Best-selling biographer Michael Munn draws on numerous intimate interviews for this fascinating book The most comprehensive account ever of Stewart's service in the Air Force Reveals the childhood ups and downs that formed one of cinema's heroes With new details about his political alliance with J Edgar Hoover

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About the author (2005)

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

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