James Stewart was the first Hollywood star to enlist in the military when he was inducted into the Army in March 1942. Due to having a commercial pilots license, he was accepted into the Army Air Corps (the US Air Force did not yet exist). As a bomber squadron commander, he flew numerous combat missions over Germany and was promoted to colonel by the war’s end in 1945. For his bravery and the success of his missions, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and from the French Government the Croix de Guerre with Palm.

After taking some time off, he returned to Hollywood to make It’s a Wonderful Life in 1946.

“You know, I just love Grace Kelly. Not because she was a princess, not because she was an actress, not because she was my friend, but because she was just about the nicest lady I ever met. Grace brought into my life as she brought into yours, a soft, warm light every time I saw her, and every time I saw her was a holiday of its own.” – James Stewart


Happy 107th Birthday, Jimmy Stewart!

 (May 20, 1908 - July 2, 1997)

  “In Europe an elderly couple came up to me. The husband said: ‘We didn’t want to pass you without speaking to you. If it means anything to you, we want to tell you that over the years you have given us a lot of pleasure and entertainment.’ I told them that what they had just said meant everything to me. That’s what I’ve tried to make my life all about, and if they write ‘He gave people a lot of pleasure’ on my epitaph I shall be very pleased. I’ve had many people tell me that they remember certain little things I did in pictures. I think it’s wonderful to have been able to give people little pieces of time they can remember.” © James Stewart