The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir (Hardback)
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The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 27/10/2022
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The result of a long-term project between Paul Newman and screenwriter Stewart Stern, The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man is a mesmerising chronicle of one of Hollywood's greatest legends, told through unflinchingly candid interviews with both the great man himself and the friends and fellow actors who knew him best.

As seen in The Last Movie Stars documentary - the raw, candid, unvarnished memoir of an icon. The greatest movie star of the past 75 years covers everything: his traumatic childhood, his career, his drinking, his thoughts on Marlon Brando, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, his greatest roles, acting, his intimate life with Joanne Woodward, his innermost fears and passions and joys. With thoughts/comments throughout from Joanne Woodward, Tom Cruise and many others.

In 1986, Paul Newman and his closest friend, screenwriter Stewart Stern, began an extraordinary project. Stuart was to compile an oral history, to have Newman's family and friends and those who worked closely with him, talk about the actor's life. And then Newman would work with Stewart and give his side of the story. The only stipulation was that anyone who spoke on the record had to be completely honest. That same stipulation applied to Newman himself. The project lasted five years.

The result is an extraordinary memoir, culled from thousands of pages of transcripts. The book is insightful, revealing, surprising. Newman's voice is powerful, sometimes funny, sometimes painful, always meeting that high standard of searing honesty. The additional voices - from childhood friends and Navy buddies, from family members and film and theater collaborators such as Tom Cruise, George Roy Hill, Martin Ritt, and John Huston - that run throughout add richness and color and context to the story Newman is telling.

Newman's often traumatic childhood is brilliantly detailed. He talks about his teenage insecurities, his early failures with women, his rise to stardom, his early rivals (Brando and Dean), his first marriage, his drinking, his philanthropy, the death of his son Scott, his strong desire for his daughters to know and understand the truth about their father. Perhaps the most moving material in the book centers around his relationship with Joanne Woodward - their love for each other, his dependence on her, the way she shaped him intellectually, emotionally and sexually.

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man is revelatory and introspective, personal and analytical, loving and tender in some places, always complex and profound.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781529197068
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 536 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 31 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Eye-popping...Astonishing naked honesty - Telegraph

Newman at his best...Twice the book one could have dared to hope for, a narrative that is astute, introspective and surprisingly graceful. - Wall Street Journal

A stunning memoir...stuns with brutal honesty...smolders with introspection - Daily Mail

It's never not psychologically fascinating - a compelling insight into how profoundly right Philip Larkin was about the power of bad parents - The Times

Paul Newman is worthy of canonisation - Daily Mail

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“The Last Movie Star”

So unlike the traditional, myth-making autobiography usually associated with stars of this stature, this is instead a unique and fascinating insight into one of the greatest film actors of the twentieth century –... More

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“An interesting insight into the legend”

Being a big fan of Newman's I couldn't wait to read this.

I really like the format it is presented in - Newman wanted everyone's honest opinion of him - so unlike a lot of autobiographies it is a lot... More

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