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The Bold and the Beautiful

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A short glimpse into yesterday, today and tomorrow, reveals the timeless everlasting appeal of great film icons. A truly gifted actress and two talented actors, Paul Newman, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe have helped to shape and mold our generation, and are still a great influence with in our society today. We Americans are famous for worshiping dub ions demigods of the miraculous moment. The celebrities, who have inspired, identified with and transcended screen roles to become an active part of popular culture and people’s lives became icons. Based upon their bodies of work in films, Paul Newman, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe have become film icons who will endure well into the twenty-first century.

Paul Newman, screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in history was born on January 30th, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of a successful sporting goods store owner. He first started acting in grade school and high school plays. He served in WWII and after discharge from the Navy in 1946; he attended Kenyon College on an athletic scholarship. His sports career ended with an injury and he turned to drama, joining summer stock Company in Wisconsin.

After relocating to Illinois in 1947, he married actress Jacqueline Witte, and following the death of his father took over the family business. Newman soon grew restless, and after selling his interest in the store to his brother, enrolled at the Yale School of Drama. During a break from classes he traveled to New York City where he won a role in the CBS television series The Aldridge Family. (blockbuster) A number of other TV performances followed, and in 1952 Newman was accepted by the Actors Studio, making his Broadway debut a year later in Pinic, where he was signed by Warner Bros. He co-starred with Joanne Woodward, who soon became his second wife. Today Paul resides with his wife, actress Joanne in Westport, CT. Newman has remained a prominent public figure through his extensive charitable work; he created the Scott Newman foundation after the drug-related death of his son and later marketed a series of gourmet foodstuff under the umbrella name Newman’s’ own, with all the profits going to support his project for children suffering from cancer. (classicfilm)

Paul Newman, classically handsome with an abundance of sex appeal was offered his first film Silver Chalice, 1954 by Warner Brothers. It was nearly his last; he considered his performances to be so bad he took out a full page ad apologizing to the public. He fared much better in his next effort, Somebody up There Likes Me, 1956 in which he portrayed boxer Rocky Graziano and drew raves form the critics for his brilliant performance. He went on to become one of the top box office draws of the 1960’s starring in such films as Hustler, 1961; Hud, 1963; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969. He also produced and directed many films including Rachel Rachel, 1968 in which he directed wife Joanne Woodward and which he received an Oscar nomination for best picture.

Paul Newman has become one of the great classic movie stars of the Golden age. His deep voice and amazing blue eyes keeps him from being just another action figure. He has appeared in around sixty theatrical motion pictures, and has been nominated for best actor nine times. He has a great success rate and considering the fact he continues to appear in films, he may still have a few more academy performances left in him.

James Bryon Dean led a brief but very significant life during our era. Jimmy was born on February 8th, 1931 at his home in Marion, Indiana, to Winton and Mildred Dean. His first name was the name of the doctor that delivered him and his mother gave him the middle name of Bryon after the poet Lord Bryon. (eaglesk 2003) Mildred Dean dies of Cancer when Jimmy was only nine years old. His father, Winton, felt he could not bring Jimmy up alone, so Jimmy went to live with his Aunt Ortense and Uncle Marcus Winslow. He grew up with their youngest son Markie on the Winslow farm outside of Fairmount, Indiana.

The death of Jimmy’s mother left a deep mark on him; even through he was athletic and full of energy there was a deeper side to his personality. Sometimes he would appear solemn, distant, and reflective. Jim was only 5’8” but he broke the pole vault record for Grant County by the time he was seventeen. He attended Fairmount High School, where he graduated on May 16th, 1949. He was an excellent athlete and played on the school’s basketball, baseball and football teams. Jimmy was not outwardly rebellious in school. Adeline Nall taught English and Drama at Fairmount High, and she was to become one of Jimmy’s mentors. Adeline had a great influence on his decisions to become an actor and she constantly encouraged him to read works of literature and perform in school plays. Soon she motivated him to join the

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