Paul Newman
(Glenn Griffin)
 Many a scenario and numerous fiction tales have been
written about the dreams young actors have of seeing
their names in lights. Only occasionally does this dream
come true in real life as it has for Paul Newman, who in
the space of two years has achieved Broadway stardom
by a sensational versatility. In his first and only previous
appearance on Broadway, "Picnic," he portrayed a
simple, straightforward, honest lad who not only
observed the law, but studied it. When he was called to
audition for "The Desperate Hours," the producers
expected to hear him read the role of the romantic young
fiance. But Newman had read the book and pleaded for a
chance to play the role of the tough criminal gang-leader,
assuring them that his barber would give him the proper
close crew cut to change his normal gentlemanly visage.
His original contract called for him to be featured but the
praise he won from the critics and the applause he gets
at each performance prompted producers Erskine and
Hayes to reward him after one month by co-starring him
with Karl Malden and Nancy Coleman. His wife, actress
Jackie Witte, who displays the pride in Paul's
achievements which he modestly refuses to discuss, is
keeping a record which she hopes to pass on to their
children, Scott, aged four, and two year old Susan. A
third child, Stephanie, was born two weeks after the play
opened on Broadway. The record includes a citation as
Theatre World's Most Promising New Personality, as well
as a starring role opposite Virginia Mayo and Pier Angeli
in his first film, "The Silver Chalice." Newman hails from
Cleveland and graduated from Kenyon College where he
was a drama major. His first professional acting was done
in summer stock at Williams Bay, Wisconsin. During
World War II, he was a V-12er at Yale where, after his
discharge, he enrolled voluntarily to do graduate work in
the School of Drama. After one semester he came to New
York and was lucky in finding numerous TV engagements
which have brought him a host of fans.
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