Starting in 1966 with their first screen-pairing The Fortune Cookie through their last laugh-filled romp The Odd Couple II in 1998, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau made millions of moviegoers smile every time the duo appeared together in darkened theatres across the nation, if not the world.
Both men had remarkable solo careers, but together their work would cement their positions in Hollywood history as the last great comedy team of the Twentieth Century. Lemmon represented America's favorite everyman while Matthau represented America's favorite grouchy brother-in-law - together they represented the fun in dysfunctional when working together in 11 memorable, often classic, cinematic pairings. At odds onscreen, the pair would become best friends off - a friendship that enhanced every frame of film that they appeared in side by side.
In recognition of the duo's remarkable cinematic achievements, author Ben Costello has produced a memorable testament to the friends who made each motion picture come alive. With complete biographies of both Lemmon and Matthau, full credits and storylines for all 11 films, over 100 publicity and behind-the-scenes photographs, memories from co-workers and co-stars which include some of Hollywood's biggest stars, Jack & Walter: The Films Of Lemmon & Matthau will be a favorite for fans and historians alike.
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AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR EXPLORES CINEMATIC RELATIONSHIP OF 'JACK & WALTER'
CHANDLER, AZ - As Jack Lemmon once said, "Death ends a life, not a relationship," and no quote is more apropos in regard to the pairing of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, "the last great comedy team of the 20th Century," whose relationship on and off screen had legendary staying power in the hearts of their fans and in Hollywood history.
In his second Hollywood chronology, Jack & Walter: The Films of Lemmon & Matthau, author Ben Costello traces the paths of Lemmon and Matthau's careers, starting in 1966 with their first screen-pairing in The Fortune Cookie and continuing through their last laugh filled romp in The Odd Couple II in 1998. With Lemmon representing America's favorite everyman and Matthau characterizing the beloved grouchy brother-in-law, the dynamic duo made millions of moviegoers smile every time the two appeared in darkened theatres across the nation - if not the world.
"Together, the two put the "fun" in dysfunctional, working jointly in 11 memorable, often classic, cinematic pairings," says Costello, who after meeting Lemmon on two memorable occasions and corresponding with Matthau became a life-long fan.
With complete biographies of both Lemmon and Matthau, full credits and storylines for all 11 films, more than 100 publicity and behind-the-scenes photographs, and memories from co-workers and co-stars including some of Hollywood's biggest stars, Jack & Walter is the ultimate recognition of the pair's remarkable cinematic achievements.
Jack & Walter: The Films of Lemmon & Matthau, (ISBN: 978-1-58985-118-4) a Five Star Publications book, retails for $31.95 is available in bookstores and through BarnesandNoble.com, Borders.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com, indiebound.org and www.FiveStarPublications.com. Visit www.JackandWalterBook.com for more info.