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Author: Scott Eyman Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781681689630
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New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman tells the story of the remarkable friendship of two Hollywood legends who, though different in many ways, maintained a close friendship that endured all of life’s twists and turns.

Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for 40 years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window.

They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies’ man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for 45 years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.

For Hank and Jim, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda’s widow and children as well as three of Stewart’s children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men—in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together.

This is not just another Hollywood story but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.

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  • “Narrator David Colacci’s deep and exacting baritone is a perfect choice for these quintessentially American stories. His precise, unhurried, and nuanced performance adds an additional layer to the meaningful text…This is a must-listen for classic film buffs and those wishing to introduce themselves to two special practitioners of cinematic art.”

    AudioFile

  • “Actor and veteran narrator Colacci reads in a deep, resonant voice that conveys a sense of two men reflecting on long, eventful lives. He embellishes quotations from both actors and their contemporaries with subtle accents, including shades of Stewart’s drawl, Fonda’s twang, and even Marlene Dietrich’s German accent. Negotiating the large cast of characters that populated the men’s lives, Colacci’s interpretations never feel forced or unnatural. Fans of Hollywood stories will appreciate this satisfying presentation of Stewart and Fonda’s shared history.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “An absorbing dual portrait of two riveting, contrasting performers.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[A] remarkably absorbing, supremely entertaining joint biography of two Hollywood legends.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • "[A] smart, generous chronicle.”

    Washington Post

  • “While their long-standing friendship is notable, in tracing their personal lives and accomplishments, Eyman’s narrative is even more compelling. He provides a fascinating overview of the industry and the ebbs and flows of his subjects’ careers in film, on stage, and eventually TV…An entertaining, richly documented biography.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017
  • A Booklist Top 10 Biography in Audio

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About the Author

Scott Eyman is the author or coauthor of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers John Wayne and (with actor Robert Wagner), Pieces of My Heart and You Must Remember This. He was formerly the literary critic at the Palm Beach Post and now writes book reviews for the Wall Street Journal and contributes articles for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.
Among his other books are The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution, 1926–1930; Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart; Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille; Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer; and Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has won numerous Earphones Awards, earned Audie Award nominations, and been included in Best Audio of the Year lists by such publications as Publishers Weekly, AudioFile magazine, and Library Journal. He was a resident actor and director with the Cleveland Play House for eight years and has been artistic director of the Hope Summer Rep Theater since 1992.