Porter wasn’t the only one to release a book that revealed the hidden side of Paul Newman. In 2009, Shawn Levy released ‘Paul Newman: A Life,’ which delves into one of his most notorious affairs. The book describes an 18-month-long relationship between Newman and journalist Nancy Bacon.
People who knew about the affair – and apparently, there were a lot – joked that he may not go out for hamburgers, but he sure went out for bacon. According to the portrayal in Levy’s book, the affair began when he was filming perhaps his biggest film in history: ‘Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid’.
Darwin Porter’s biography of Paul Newman was compiled over the course of several years. The writer spoke to some serious insiders that were around Newman quite a bit in those days – including Marlon Brando, who shocked the world with what he had to say about the late actor. According to Brando, Newman had “just as many affairs as the rest of us, and he was just as bisexual as I was.”
The book alleges that the star had extra-marital relationships with big names in the business, like Marilyn Monroe, John Derek and Grace Kelley, and many others. There is, of course, no proof of these alleged relationships; they are simply based on the accounts of others.
Fine Dining Vs. Fast Food
When Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward would appear as a couple after they were married, it was so apparent to everyone just how in love the two young stars were. But that begs the question, where was Jackie Witt left in all of this, once she had been given her divorce? She still had three young children to care for. But fans thought they could find solace in the façade that Newman could never cheat on his new bride.
After all, in one interview where he was asked if he’d ever considered it, he questioned why he’d go after a hamburger when he “had steak at home.” But according to his tell-all bio, Paul Newman basically frequented a steakhouse with a rotating menu of the finest meat on the market.
Again, nothing we’ve heard about Paul Newman being unfaithful to his wife has ever been confirmed, it is all simply talk from everyone who knew him in the past. But regardless of whether or not it was true, one thing was sure: he left his young wife and three children to pursue a relationship with a Hollywood starlet.
His son, Scott, was born with acting in his blood and decided to pursue a career in the industry himself. But that doesn’t mean he was going to work hand-in-hand with his father on set.
A Troubled Life
Since his childhood, Scott had things pretty rough – rougher than his younger half-siblings, anyways. Once his parents split, he and his two younger sisters would divide their time between mom and dad’s house. Later in life, he tried his hand at acting, and wound up in several films, although he never quite found his footing.
Around that same time, he was drinking pretty heavily. In January of 1978, he passed away from an accidental overdose of alcohol mixed with pain killers that he’d received for pain in his ribs, and valium he’d gotten from his psychologist.