Paul Newman to tell his own life story in book published 14 years after his death

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American actor Paul Newman, wearing a tuxedo and a bow tie, portrayed during a trip on a water taxi, a sailor cap on the dashboard, St. Mark Square in the background, Venice 1963. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)
American actor Paul Newman, wearing a tuxedo and a bow tie, portrayed during a trip on a water taxi, a sailor cap on the dashboard, St. Mark Square in the background, Venice 1963. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)
  • A new book about the life and career of Paul Newman will be published in 2022.
  • Newman recorded his own life story on tape. 
  • The recordings were recently found and sold at auction to a publisher.


14 years after his death, Paul Newman will tell his own life story in a book.

According to a report by The New York Times, the former actor and philanthropist who died at age 83 in 2008 from cancer left behind several recordings telling his own life story.

The transcripts were reportedly forgotten in the basement of his house in Connecticut until recently. 

Publisher Alfred A Knopf bought the publishing rights to the yet untitled book earlier this year. 

In a statement released on Wednesday, Knopf said the book will include Newman’s thoughts on "acting, directing, boyhood, family, fame, Hollywood, Broadway, love, his first marriage, his 50-year marriage to Joanne Woodward, drinking, politics, racing, his ultimate ride to stardom, and aging gracefully".

Newman starred in more than 50 films, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting. He earned nine Oscar nominations for acting and won the best actor award for 1986’s The Colour of Money.

According to The Guardian, Newman began the book in the 1980s with the help of the screenwriter Stewart Stern, who in turn spoke to dozens of Newman’s friends and associates.

"Through Newman’s voice, and the voices of others, the book captures the paradoxical and unstoppable rise of a star who wrestled with doubts, believing he was inferior to Marlon Brando and James Dean, and yet transcended his ‘hunk’ status to become an Oscar-winning actor, champion race car driver, social activist, and entrepreneur whose philanthropy has generated nearly a billion dollars for charitable causes," Knopf said.

Peter Gethers, who is editing the book, told Reuters that the book will show a side of Newman that has not been seen before.

The memoir will be published in the fall (spring) of 2022.

11th June 1979: American actor Paul Newman before
11th June 1979: American actor Paul Newman before the start of the Le Mans 24-hour race. He and his two co-drivers finished second in their Turbo Porsche. (Photo: Keystone/Getty Images)


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