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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.

In Paul Newman: A Life, film critic and pop culture historian Shawn Levy gives readers the ultimate behind-the-scenes examination of the actor’s life, from his merry pranks on the set, to his lasting romance with Joanne Woodward, to the devastating impact of his son’s death from a drug overdose. This definitive biography is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily gifted man who gave back as much as he got out of life and just happened to be one of the most celebrated movie stars of the twentieth century.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sueldecker | 2/20/2014

    " I have always been a huge Paul Newman fan, but I wondered how this book could be so long. Then the surprise was that not only is it about Paul Newman, but it is an interesting history of the film industry during the time he was acting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Martha Swanson | 2/17/2014

    " A lot of material to get through. Not an easy read, but a thorough presentation of his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/12/2014

    " This felt like kind of a cursory review of Newman's life. Decent biography but not exceptional. Made me realize that I need to see Hud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Cheryl Petersen | 2/11/2014

    " Seemed like Levy idolized Newman. Which, Newman was an outstanding figure, but I wanted to learn more than how great he was. "

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