Jimmy Stewart’s empty nest
June 18, 1970: Actor James Stewart playing ball with his dogs during a photo shoot with Los Angeles Times staff photographer Kathleen Ballard.
Stewart had just finished a revival of “Harvey” on Broadway and the movie “Cheyenne Social Club” with Henry Fonda. His children were all grown and, as Times writer Wayne Warga explained,
Jimmy Stewart is a very busy man. He doesn’t need money, he needs the activity. And so does his wife [Gloria]. It was the need for activity that sent him east to do “Harvey.”
“Probably the major reason I did Harvey was … well, behind the decision was that the house was empty. Empty. It was wonderful for Gloria to go back with me, her whole family is back there.”
A different image from the same shoot by Ballard — of Stewart with one of his dogs – was published with Warga’s article on the Sunday Calendar cover on July 5, 1970.
April 25, 2012, 12:17 pm
While I didn't agree with Stewart's politics, he was an outstanding, sometimes underrated actor, and a fine person. His performance in "It's A Wonderful Life" remains one of his best.
April 25, 2012, 12:46 pm
Wonderful photo of JImmy Stewart, empty nester, playing with the dogs.
April 25, 2012, 2:32 pm
Wonderful photo of JImmy Stewart
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