by Ben Costello
"When life gives you a Lemmon, you make great movies. Add the wonderful
Matthau ingredient, and the result is tasty, delicious and memorable."
- Legendary writer/director Billy Wilder to author Ben Costello
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR EXPLORES CINEMATIC RELATIONSHIP OF 'JACK & WALTER'
CHANDLER, AZ (February 2009) - 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 and can soon be purchased 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.
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Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc.
Date Published: January/Feb. 2009
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