Newman More Hustler Than Mr. Nice Guy: Bio

Book claims 'faithful' star was boozing philanderer
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2009 2:44 PM CDT
Newman More Hustler Than Mr. Nice Guy: Bio
Paul Newman wasn't as wholesome as we thought, a new biography claims.   (AP Photo/Jim McKnight, file)

Paul Newman’s own secret recipe was a steady diet of booze and womanizing, according to a biography of the late star obtained by the New York Post. In Paul Newman: A Life, slated to come out next month, author Shawn Levy describes the Oscar winner as a functioning alcoholic who toted a beer bottle opener around his neck and downed “a case or more a day.”

The blue-eyed legend was known as Tinseltown's most loyal husband, but Levy says he romanced a journalist writing about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. “I finally said to myself, ‘I can do better than this,’ she remembered. ‘I told him, ‘You're always drunk, and you can't even make love.’ I ended it.” Newman also hated being asked to show off his baby blues, comparing it to telling a woman, "I want to see your t - - s." (More Paul Newman stories.)

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