Paul Newman’s guilt over his son’s drug death

And other searingly honest chapters of the actor’s life will be revealed in forthcoming memoir

Paul Newman’s heartbreaking and poignant story about the loss of his only son Scott will be told in a never before published autobiography coming out next fall.

Much has been written about one the world’s greatest actors, but nothing like the truth that Newman himself recorded on tape ten years before his death.

The star of such classics as Cool Hand Luke, Hud, The Hustler, The Verdict, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid died in 2008 at the age of 83.

When asked of his feelings about his son’s death from an overdose of drugs and alcohol at the age of 28, Newman said, “All that will be resolved in death.”

Paul Newman’s guilt
Scott Newman

As a father whose son died from an overdose of barbiturates at the age of 23, I hope he’s right, as I hope it will be for me.

The tape recordings Paul Newman made of his life languished in the basement of his house in Connecticut until his family recently decided to turn the transcripts into a memoir.

Paul Newman hated the unrelenting attention that his fame brought him, but his children hated it even more. Living in their father’s shadow was especially a heavy burden for his son, and Paul Newman felt personally responsible for the troubled youth’s death.

Paul Newman’s guilt
Scott with his father and mother, Newman’s first wife Jacqueline Witte.

In the tapes, Newman describes his early life, including his difficult relationship with his parents, his problem drinking, his failed first marriage to Jacqueline Witte, and his shortcomings as a parent.

With the help of one of his closest friends, the screenwriter Stewart Stern, Newman began his oral history more than 30 years ago.

Stern spent several years interviewing people from all corners of Newman’s life, including his children, his ex-wife, close friends, and actors and directors. The result was thousands of pages of transcripts.

“What he recorded was so honest and revealing,” said Peter Gethers, of the Knopf publishing house who will edit the book. “It shows a guy who was very flawed at the beginning of his life and as a young man before he became the Paul Newman we knew.”


The Good Book Still Beats All

The Bible is a six-billion best seller

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Not only did God create “the heavens and the earth,” He also still owns the biggest best selling book of all time.

The Bible has been translated into its 700th language.

“This is exciting news,” said James Poole, executive director of Wycliffe Bible Translators.

More than 5.7 billion people — that’s billion with a ‘b’ — in the world, speaking 700 different languages and dialects, now have the Bible in their own language.

‘Lord of the Rings’ in the top five

Needless to say, The Holy Bible is the most popular book in history, followed by The Little Red Book:  Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, written by Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), former chairman of the Communist Party — one billion copies; Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes — 500 million; A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens — 200 million; and Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien — 150 million copies.

Which particular portion of the world’s population received the 700th translation of the Bible was difficult to pin down, but it was one of three recent translations —

Remote ethnic groups

The Huichol (Wixáritari) Bible, used by an indigenous group of people of Mexico; the Ellomwe Bible, read in Malawi and Mozambique; and the Igede Bible, which is used by a Nigerian ethnic group.

There are now translations of the Bible in more than 3,350 of the 7,350 languages used on Earth, including 245 sign languages.

However, there are more than 1.5 billion people — one in five of the world’s population — who still don’t have a Bible in their language.

God’s work — or at least His word — goes on.

Who wrote the Bible and when did they write the 66 separate books? Read HERE

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