Shop by the Stars aisle featuring James Stewart (1908-1997) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Indiana, PA born screen legend began acting at Princeton, which led to a summer stock opportunity and his friendship with Henry Fonda, who had belonged to the same troupe. Stewart joined Fonda in New York in 1932, and struggled along on Broadway for a few years until he began landing better parts. His feature film debut came for MGM in The Murder Man (1935) starring Spencer Tracy, but Stewart quickly rose from supporting roles to leads, often in romantic comedies during this early part of his career. Stewart distinguished himself as a flier during World War II, winning medals and awards on the way to being promoted to Colonel by war's end. Upon his return from service Stewart often played in darker roles for directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and in several Westerns directed by Anthony Mann. Stewart won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. He was nominated for the same award on four other occasions, and in 1985 the Academy presented him with an Honorary Award for fifty years of achievement in Hollywood. That same year President Reagan awarded Stewart the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Some of Jimmy Stewart's most popular movies include Frank Capra's You Can't Take It with You (1938), Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), opposite Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again (1939), one of four opposite Margaret Sullavan in Ernst Lubitsch's The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Capra again in yuletide classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946), with his special friend in Harvey (1950), Mann's Winchester '73 (1950), Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958), and with John Wayne in John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).
Birthday: May 20