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Paul Newman : a life
Paul Newman : a life
Levy, Shawn2009
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Paul Newman, the Oscar-winning actor with the legendary blue eyes, achieved superstar status by playing charismatic renegades, broken heroes, and winsome antiheroes in such revered films as The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Verdict, The Color of Money, and Nobody's Fool. But Newman was also an oddity in Hollywood: the rare box-office titan who cared about the craft of acting, the sexy leading man known for the staying power of his marriage, and the humble celebrity who made philanthropy his calling card long before it was cool. The son of a successful entrepreneur, Newman grew up in a prosperous Cleveland suburb. Despite fears that he would fail to live up to his father?s expectations, Newman bypassed the family sporting goods business to pursue an acting career. After struggling as a theater and television actor, Newman saw his star rise in a tragic twist of fate, landing the role of boxer Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me when James Dean was killed in a car accident. Though he would joke about instances of "Newman's luck" throughout his career, he refused to coast on his stunning boyish looks and impish charm. Part of the original Actors Studio generation, Newman demanded a high level of rigor and clarity from every project. The artistic battles that nearly derailed his early movie career would pay off handsomely at the box office and earn him critical acclaim.
Main title:
Paul Newman : a life / by Shawn Levy.
AUTHOR:
Edition:
Large print ed.
Imprint:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009.
Collation:
801 p. (large print), [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series:
Thorndike Press large print biography
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN:
9781410418999 (alk paper)1410418995 (alk paper)
Dewey class:
791.43028092B791.4302
LC class:
PN2287.N44
Language:
English
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