Paul Newman: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
Marian Edelman Borden
This book examines the life of the remarkable Paul Newman―an iconic actor, director, race car driver, political activist, businessman, philanthropist, devoted husband, and father.
• Contains over 25 original interviews of Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, and other contemporaries
• Provides a timeline of important events in Newman's illustrious life and career
• Includes a bibliography of all books, articles, and videos to assist students in further research
boomeranged. People watched the film out of curiosity, and ratings were sky high for the turkey. Years later, in an interview with the New York Times, Paul offered the lessons he learned from acting in The Silver Chalice. “It did one thing for me, though. It enabled me to vow that I’d never make another costume picture.” Paul also said that he’d learned that acting demanded more than memorizing a script: “If you want to survive, you have to show your ass. You can’t walk in and play it safe.”3
said, “I’m all in favor of a good screaming free-for-all HOLLYWOOD BECK ONS 33 every two or three months. It clears the air, gets rid of old grievances and generally makes for a pleasant relationship.” His next comment was a perfect example of the differences between the husband and wife: “Joanne has a habit of rationalizing, and when she starts that, that’s when I turn ugly! But when she tells me what she instinctively feels, I pay very close attention.”21 Just a few months after their
thrown on the right side? As a feeling, thinking American, I have to get involved.”3 In an interview in Rolling Stone, he explained that he hadn’t been politically active until the 1950s when McCarthy changed things for him: “I heard about people losing their jobs. As a matter of fact, my cousin was involved. I think that’s probably what brought it home. He was with Westinghouse. He was one of the guys who was intimately involved with the development of the proximity fuse, which was probably the
modern history. It would be an uphill battle, at best. 94 PAUL NEWMAN But Paul’s active campaigning for McCarthy in the early days of the campaign, especially in New Hampshire, had a profound effect. Crowds and the media followed his appearances. Tony Podesta, then a student working on the McCarthy campaign and Paul’s campaign contact (now a Washington, D.C., lobbyist), recalled how worried he was that the crowds would be small on the day that Paul was to campaign in Claremont, New Hampshire.
adored uncle of young Paul. Paul Newman’s father, Arthur Sigmund Newman, Sr., was born August 29, 1893, in Cleveland, the youngest of seven children of Hannah and Simon Newman, both Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. On legal documents, Hannah is described as being born in 1857 in either Hungary or Poland (it was a time when national boundaries were changing). Simon Newman was born in 1853 in Hungary and emigrated to this country as a young man. He became a dry-goods peddler. On October 10,