1950s Belted Sundress with Bow
1960s Pink Floral Clip-On Earrings
1940s Short-sleeve Belted Sundress / Red and Teal Pagoda Print / Chinoiserie / Size M or L
Moonlight Dining - detail from 1963 Tia Maria ad.
1955 Couple Kissing at Coney Island Beach
1960s Bronx scene
ICONS OF STYLE: Paul Newman (1925-2008)
The actor, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and auto racing enthusiast was born in Ohio in 1925. After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Newman earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Kenyon College and studied at the Actor’s Studio in New York City. He was nominated for ten Academy Awards and was best known for his acting roles in The Hustler (1961), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), and The Color of Money (1986) for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Off-screen, he was a successful race car driver from the 1970s to the early 1990s, finishing second-place in the 1979 Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1982, he partnered with writer A. E. Hotchner to found the “Newman’s Own” brand of food products, with all of the proceeds going to charity. As of 2010, the company had donated over $300 million. Newman married actress Joanne Woodward in 1958 and they remained married for fifty years until his death in 2008.
Newman’s style was refined, understated, and timeless. Don a slim-fit charcoal suit, dark tie, and cufflinks, and you could be a regular pool shark like “Fast Eddie” Felson in The Hustler. And you don’t have to join the chain gang to get Newman’s look in Cool Hand Luke with a quintessentially masculine denim Oxford. GQ’s “Newman’s Own" has you covered for more great looks.
"I’d like to be remembered as a guy who tried—who tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn’t complacent, who doesn’t cop out."
On his marriage to Joanne Woodward: “I don’t like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for a hamburger?”
Ladies’ coats at Sak’s Fifth Avenue in 1960, photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt (for LIFE magazine)