Just some thoughts:
Most would say they were as different as day and night.
Hank was an agnostic trending toward atheist. Grew up in Nebraska. He had been raised in what folks would have said was a Christian influence but was no longer of that mind set. Jimmy said to be religious, a church goer from the Midwest. Hank a liberal Democrat, Jimmy a serious conservative Republican. One a Dover, one a Hawk.
Hank, he had relationship issues. He had five wives and very difficult issues with his children. On the other hand Jimmy was married to the same woman for nearly fifty years and children that adored him. Hank would be described as one who was always wound tightly. Jimmy always seemed comfortable whether at work or just life in general. Hank had few friends, Jimmy even with the public came to be thought of as a family friend. Hank would be described as an intellectual and a perfectionist, Jimmy he didn’t read much and rarely lost his temper.
But for nearly the fifty years they had known each other they remained the best of friends. When Hank was dying everyday Jimmy would leave his house and visit his friend up the hill. Often bring flowers in one hand and vegetables in the other. Just sitting by his friends side.
“Through all the vicissitudes of the world, through career ups and downs, through their mutual jettisoning of their careers to go to war and the difficulties adjustment that came after, they had stayed close.”
Hank & Jimmy–Scott Eyman
Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart two people who never drew lines in the sand. They never put conditions on their friendship. Generally when you don’t you can have a lasting friendship.
They valued their friendship above demanding the other see things their way. Maybe a lesson for not just their millions of fans but for all of us.
They never drew lines in the sand.
April 18, 2019
May 25, 2019