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Pieces of Time: The Life of James Stewart
As the beloved hero of It's a Wonderful Life, and in scores of other roles, Jimmy Stewart, legendary star of Hollywood's Golden Era, has stolen his way into our hearts. Here, at last, as he nears ninety, is the definitive biography of this major American icon.Jimmy Stewart catapulted to stardom as everybody s favorite boy next door, his appeal emanating from his honest, af ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Scribner Book Company
(first published 1997)
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A well-researched, comprehensive look at Stewart's career, predominantly, but also his personal life. Fishgall gathered details from all of Stewart's movies, often with anecdotes from the subject himself, and his costars, directors, etc. - he was incredibly thorough, almost to a fault. I eagerly devoured the stories from the movies I love (Capra, Hitchcock, etc.), but admit to reaching the point where I skimmed over the details of his later westerns. Fishgall's descriptions of the shoots gave me ...more
Unlike the first biography of Jimmy Stewart that I found on the town's library shelves, this one respected his wholesome upbringing, instead of seeing his Christian roots in the shopworn way of being repressive. Fishgall grasped that his healthy childhood and religious instruction helped him, like early America, be secure, stable, generous, committed, hard-working, and sacrificial, when needed. I was especially glad to learn more about his earnest pursuit of an active role in World War II, his l ...more
I really enjoyed this book, more than other biographies i'v read recently. Fishgall keeps the wholesome all American boy next door image of Stewart while also showing some gray. One thing that I absolutely loved about this book is you get a sense of his personality and what he was like as a person throughout the entire book,which not many biographers have done. There are some details that I would have liked to be expanded,like his relationship with his wife and what made her different than his ...more
I thought this book was very informative and had a lot of very interesting facts about Mr. Stewart's life. I liked hearing about how many pictures he did and the length of time it took to make them, all of that was quite enjoyable. The only problem I had with the book was that major events would happen and there would be two or three sentences about it and that is all. Most of the book dealt with facts from movie making and not enough about the man. Overall it was a good read, but you just can't ...more
3-.Kind of dry, but some of the references to other stars and movies I'd seen or heard of were interesting. Part of the issue was that Jimmy Stewart was a quiet, private guy. It does make you want to go back and do a retrospective study of a few of his westerns, "Vertigo "and "Rope" by Alfred Hitchcock , "Harvey" to name a few. I did learn things I never new about Jimmy Stewart, but it was a very sanitized book.
A well written biography about one of America's beloved actors. This book was not a tell all book, but it did not pull any punches. It discussed the good and the bad in Jimmy Stewart's life in such a way that he seemed even more human then the perception I had when I started the book. A wonderful read if you like James Stewart and/or the goings on of the Hollywood industry during the 30's - 60's.
The right book at the right time for me. I enjoyed the slow, easy way the author treated the task of putting Stewart's life down in black and white. Fishgall obviously has a high regard for JS and it showed through consistently. As a good biography often does, the reader is left with the lingering regret that he had not personally met the real thing.
It was good to read a biography of an actor whom I've always respected and found good reasons why I had done so. Many people don't realize that he was one of the few actors in his day that sought out combat in WWII, was heroic in effecting his aims, and continued as a high-ranking officer in the air force as a consequence.