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By Bob Andelman
It's a Wonderful Life: Pictured: James Stewart, Donna Reed (NBC Photo)
I have to admit I was a little surprised when I read up on actor Jimmy Hawkins? life since he played Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart?s son, Tommy Bailey, in the holiday film classic, It?s A Wonderful Life.
For example, did you know he later worked with Reed again as Shelley Fabares’ boyfriend on eight seasons of TV?s ?The Donna Reed Show??
Jimmy Hawkins interview with Mr. Media, Bob Andelman
You can LISTEN to this interview with actor JIMMY HAWKINS, co-star of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, by clicking the audio player above!
Or that he played sidekick to the King, Elvis Presley, in both Girl Happy and Spinout?
He?s also written five books about It?s A Wonderful Life.
One of my first guests on Mr. Media when we started the podcast in 2007 was actress Karolyn Grimes, who played Hawkins? sister, Zuzu, in It?s A Wonderful Life. And I?m delighted to bookend the movie siblings here on our show.
Jimmy Hawkins Order It’s A Wonderful Life on DVD
Karolyn Grimes Interview with Mr. Media (2007)
JIMMY HAWKINS audio excerpt: “It’s a Wonderful Life was a nice set. You felt comfortable there. Frank Capra improvised quite a bit of that movie.”
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).