Paul Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was one of the most renowned American actors of the twentieth century, appearing in The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Verdict, and many Broadway plays. He was also an innovative philanthropist who created the Newman’s Own Foundation, based out of Westport Connecticut, which produces the popular lines of salad dressing, sauces, and other food products, the profits of which go to charity. But did you know that early in his career Newman and his second wife, Joanne Woodward (a 1957 Academy Award winner) lived in the Village?
The Life Magazine photo archive has some great photos of Newman and Woodward at their home on West 11th Street taken in 1960. Newman and Woodward lived together in the Village (in what would later be part of the Greenwich Village Historic District) during the late 1950s and early 1960s with their two chihuahuas (and oversized table lamps), and by 1959 had their first child together. Though the desire for privacy would eventually lead the couple and their growing family up to Connecticut, the couple can still be called honorary Villagers in our book.