Picks and Pans Review: Paul Newman Superstar

updated 04/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Lionel Godfrey

As a modern hero Newman doesn't have to be so macho; in his roles he's been the sluggee more often than the slugger. He also seems to have escaped the private demons that haunted Ladd. Not that we can be sure from this book, since the author has to admit that Newman "took pains to explain that... he had no desire to participate in the composition of any biography." As a result, its high point is the list of 40 films in the book's appendix. It reminds us that Newman has made some really terrible movies, including The Silver Chalice, The Helen Morgan Story, Until They Sail, The Secret War of Harry Frigg and The Mackintosh Man. How has he survived? The author concludes that "his public does not really know Paul Newman the man, and probably they do not want to. They are happy enough with Paul Newman, superstar." If the actor's mother herself wrote his biography, it could not be more flattering. (St. Martin's, $8.95)

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