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4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Already a success on Broadway, in 1954 Newman began his film career - disastrously - as Basil the slave in The Silver Chalice. Yet before long he was considered not only a fine actor but also the sexiest man in films. Determined to control his career, he broke away from the studio system that dictated what roles he could take and, with astute choices of scripts and directo ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published 1996)
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Dec 31, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Eric Lax's Newman: A Biography (Turner Publishing, $29.95, 192 pages), a sometimes insightful look at Paul Newman, delves into some inner recesses of a private man, not usually given to personal journalistic reveries. Expectations of startling disclosures will not be met as Newman the man, like many of his famous screen characters, is a laconic rather than loquacious communicator. Unfortunately, Lax, who wrote an earlier biography of Woody Allen, is prone to dense, lyrical prose
This book hooks with the dust jacket photograph, a stunning black & white shot of Paul Newman as Hud, one of his most famous roles. The written portion isn't bad either, taking the reader through the movie life, the private life, the racing life, and the charity life.

When a film star is as photogenic as Newman, one expects photos that emphasize those azure eyes, and this book does not disappoint in that area. This is a very good biography, easy to read, easy to that can sit on the
This appeared when I bought it to be a coffee table or picture book. The biographical written word is very good and not only explains much of Paul Newman's acting and directing career, but gives notice to his very successful auto racing, monumental charity gifts raised from the sale of "Newman" food products like salad dressing and popcorn, etc. It also gives detail of his family life, military life, stage success and his wife Joanne Woodward. If there was a weakness it appeared to me that nearl ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
What a fabulous book; in depth with excerpts from real interviews with Paul Newman himself.

The photos are wonderful and I found myself tearing up at the lovely candid shots of him with Joanne Woodward as well as swooning over studio promos and those amazing blue eyes.

This truly is one of Hollywood's best actors of all time and many generations should take note on how class is done.

Aug 20, 2016 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of course it's five starts, it's Paul Newman, for God's sake!
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