In memory of — The Inestimable Paul Newman — who was also a decorated WW2 soldier

Here’s the deal, I only saw Mr. Newman on film sets and in elevators. He was about the same age as my dad, quite a bit younger than my uncle – so, as a kid I just categorized him as “old.” My dad, well, I don’t suppose there was a time he could be considered hip, my uncle… maybe a long time ago. However, Paul Newman, even to a child was the epitome of cool. And, beyond cool, he was NICE.

Obviously I never saw him in this incarnation, but I present Paul Newman, and the roots of hip:


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  1. September 3, 2012

    Years ago I remember reading a serious interview in which the fawning interviewer asked him how he kept his face so perfect, exactly the kind of question that drove him nuts. As I recall, he invented this elaborate morning ablution involving ice cubes and finger massage and the interviewer bought it hook, line and sinker. Loved this guy.

  2. September 3, 2012

    The second photo, wow! Yes, the epitome of cool.

  3. October 2, 2012

    What great photos! He was that rare movie star whose death left a permanent void. There’s no “new Paul Newman.”

    • October 2, 2012

      There never will be… A very fine person.

    • MaryJane Shoe
      May 26, 2015

      I think Tom Hardy , is a new Newman

  4. December 23, 2012

    The last photo on the bottom, with his cap, tweed coat, rolled up khakis and lace up boots…that is style that never goes out of style.

    • December 23, 2012

      Everyone looks better in an overcoat. And, sometimes I am sad that the running shoe was ever invented 😉

  5. George Kaplan
    May 31, 2013

    Oh, man, Newman pulls off that look effortlessly. Epitomizing *cool*, indeed. Envious. 😉

  6. May 31, 2013

    Vickie,the last picture which like the others I have not seen is to my mind very Boho.

  7. May 31, 2013

    Running shoes have a place in running not surprisingly.Personally I dislike much of the sports clothes,trainers etc for people who would probably have a heart attack pulling the ring on a can of Coke.As for sports clothes marked with conspicuous brands,slogans etc.Why not save time and just have one that says-I am very,very stupid.Well perhaps I am over reacting but perhaps……….

  8. June 1, 2013

    He really was the epitome of cool. The first home that I purchased was owned by a gentleman who co-owned a racing team with Mr. Newman. This gentleman regaled my then husband and I with stories of Mr. Newman’s many stays in the home and all the great times they had enjoyed there. Not sure if that’s what sealed the deal, but we did buy the house and I can’t say I never thought about the fact that Mr. Cool himself had showered in my very shower.
    And I had better stop now 🙂

    • June 2, 2013

      Whoa, that’s a heart flutter, isn’t it? 😉

  9. June 1, 2013

    He may have been cool and we all know he was but what impresses me most about your post is that…he was nice. Now that is really cool!

    • June 2, 2013

      Really nice, really professional!

    • June 2, 2013

      I think Mr. Newman and Mr. Gene Kelly were the first men who impressed me as beautiful…

      • June 2, 2013

        Since reading your post I have been thinking about Paul Newman AND Gene Kelly all day! For all sorts of reasons, starting with their beauty!

  10. Heather in Arles
    December 7, 2013

    A handsome devil, a loving husband, a consommate professional, a good guy AND someone who helped an enormous amount of people through charity.
    Yep, there was only one.

  11. December 7, 2013

    Brilliant, innovative, important actor, up there with Brando and a tiny handful of genuine greats. total hipster, superb human being, modest, funny, clever and compassionate. Fantastic professional-status racing driver, (didn’t he place second in le Mans once, that’s unreal) Did a huge amount for charity all over the world, not least in my country Ireland, where he bought and restored a castle then used it to provide care for disadvantaged and disabled children from poor families. Top, top guy. Legend.

    (Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m a fan.)

    December 7, 2013

    the bit about him being nice… such stories always make me believe more in more into:
    “those who mind, don’t matter; those who matter, don’t mind.”

    thank you for this soul holiday with impressions of the “real”, old hollywood glamour 🙂

  13. May 26, 2015

    yes, of course! thanx for reminding us who Mr Newman used to be, as well: admiration and respect… <3

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