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James Stewart Timeline

May 20, 1908
James Stewart is born in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
1932
Graduates from Princeton University. With friend Henry Fonda, he travels to New York and lands small roles on Broadway.
1935
His first film appearance is in The Murder Man starring Spencer Tracy.
Jan. 1, 1938
Stars in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You with Lionel Barrymore and Jean Arthur.
Oct 19, 1939
Stars in the Frank Capra film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with Jean Arthur.
1939
Wins Best Actor for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington from the New York Film Critics Circle.
Jan. 12, 1940
Stars in The Shop Around the Corner.
Dec. 12, 1940
Stars in The Philadelphia Story with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant.
1940
He is the first Hollywood star to enter the service during World War II. He is initially refused entry into the Air Force because he weighed 5 pounds less than the required 148 pounds, but he talks the recruitment officer into admitting him. He eventually became a colonel. He earns the Air Medal, the Croix de Guerre, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and seven battle stars.
1941
Wins the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Philadelphia Story. He sends the statue to his father, who puts it on display in his hardware shop. It remains there for the next 25 years.
Jan. 7, 1947
In his first film since returning from the war, he portrays the character of George Bailey in Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life with Donna Reed.
Oct. 7, 1947
Stars in Magic Town.
1948
Stars in the Alfred Hitchcock film, Rope.
Aug. 9, 1949
Marries former model Gloria Hatrick McLean.
1950
Stars as Elwood P. Dowd who has an invisible giant white rabbit friend called Harvey.
May 6, 1951
Gloria gives birth to twin daughters, Judy and Kelly.
1952
Stars in the Cecille B. DeMille film, The Greatest Show on Earth, with Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour, Gloria Grahame, and Cornel Wilde.
Jan. 1, 1954
Plays Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story with June Allyson.
Jan. 1, 1954
Stars in the Hitchcock film, Rear Window, with Grace Kelly.
1955
Stars in Strategic Air Command with June Allyson.
June 1, 1956
Stars in the Hitchcock film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, with Doris Day.
Jan. 1, 1957
Portrays Charles Lindbergh in the Billy Wilder film, The Spirit of St. Louis.
Jan. 1, 1958
Stars in the Hitchcock film, Vertigo, with Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes.
Oct. 1958
Stars in Bell, Book and Candle with Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon.
July 1, 1959
Stars in Anatomy of a Murder with Lee Remick and Ben Gazzara.
1959
Wins Best Actor for Anatomy of a Murder from the New York Film Critics Circle.
1959
Stars in the FBI Story with Vera Miles.
July 23, 1959
Achieves the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserves. He is the highest ranking entertainer in the U.S. military.
April 2, 1962
Stars in the John Ford film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, with John Wayne and Vera Miles.
1964
Given the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards.
June 3, 1965
Stars in Shenandoah with Doug McClure.
1965
Stars in The Flight of the Phoenix.
May 31, 1968
He retires from the Air Force.
1973
Wins a Golden Globe for Best Actor-Drama for the TV series Hawkins.
1980
Is awarded the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.
1994
His wife of 44 years, Gloria, dies of lung cancer at their home in Beverly Hills.
Dec. 1996
Stewart is due to have the battery in his pacemaker changed, but allegedly tells his children he prefers not to. He prefers to let things happen naturally from that point forward.
Jan. 31, 1997
Stewart cuts his forehead open after tripping over a potted plant. He is rushed to the hospital and given 12 stitches.
Feb. 1997
Stewart is hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat and a blood clot in his right knee.
July 2, 1997
Stewart dies of cardiac arrest at his home in Beverly Hills at the age of 89. He is surrounded by his children. His last words are: "I'm going to be with Gloria now."






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