Paul Newman, one of my favorite actors, makes an appearance in Starlight, the first book in my 1950s Hollywood romance series, The Starlight Trilogy, when Elizabeth Sutton and Aidan Evans (The Starlight Trilogy's main characters) attend a workshop at the famed Actors Studio in New York City.
Before I share my rare Paul Newman collection with all of you, here are some fun facts about him and another one of my favorite actors, James Dean:
- Paul's breakthrough film roles in Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) and The Left Handed Gun (1958) originally belonged to actor James Dean. After Jimmy was killed in a car accident on September 30th, 1955, Paul was hired to take his place. So, in a way, Jimmy's death helped launch Paul's Hollywood acting career, though I'm sure Paul would've been successful regardless, given how talented he was.
|Jimmy and Paul in a 1954 Screen Test for East of Eden (Paul lost the role to Richard Davalos)|
- If James Dean had starred in Somebody Up There Likes Me, he would've been paired with his former girlfriend and the love of his life, actress Pier Angeli. Pier was Italian and Catholic. Jimmy was neither. Pier's mother was very strict and insisted she marry someone from the Catholic faith, so Pier abandoned Jimmy and married singer Vic Damone abruptly. Jimmy was devastated. Pier would spend the rest of her life mourning Jimmy's death and her decision to break up with him, because she, too, considered him her one true love. It would've been interesting to see Jimmy and Pier act together as man and wife in Somebody Up There Likes Me. Who knows? Perhaps their working relationship would've rekindled their old flame.
|Jimmy and Pier|
Anyway, back to Paul Newman . . .
I own a scrapbook that was put together by one of Paul's good friends, who also happened to be a member of the Associated Press. The scrapbook contains multiple autographs, newspaper clippings, and rare, vintage original, candid photographs, which do not exist anywhere else.
Many of the photos were taken in New York City in the early 1950s, when Paul starred in Picnic on Broadway, at the Music Box Theatre, before he went to Hollywood. There are also photos and autographs from the late 1950s-1970s.
|Paul with Elia Kazan, my favorite director. Kazan autographed the photo.|