Paul Newman

Paul Newman Writes to His Friend and Fellow Philanthropist A.E. Hotchner

Paul Newman Writes to His Friend and Fellow Philanthropist A. E. Hotchner


PAUL NEWMAN, Archive of two Signed Photographs and six Typed Letters Signed or Initialed, to A. E. Hotchner, 1974-2008. All letters on “Paul Newman” stationery. Photographs, 8" x 10"; letters, 6 pp., 7.25" x 10.5". Also includes a photocopy of a 1983 letter to Hotchner regarding their partnership in Newman’s Own. Some staining to 1974 letters; all others very good.


This small archive of letters and photographs illustrates the unique and sometimes goofy relationship between Westport, Connecticut, neighbors Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner. Over the course of their half-century friendship, they co-founded Newman’s Own, a company dedicated to producing Newman’s famed homemade salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, and other food items. They donated all profits to various charities. With a history of writing biographies and memoirs, Hotchner even wrote two books about their unusual friendship—Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good: The Madcap Business Adventure by the Truly Oddest Couple (2003) and Paul and Me: Fifty-three Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal Paul Newman (2010).


Highlights and Excerpts:


Photograph of Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner


Inscribed by Newman, “To Hotch / a delicious slice of perfection here in Westport! / P.L.”


Photograph of Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner carrying shovels


Inscribed by Newman, “Hotch— / Sucking around immortality, what? / PL”


Paul Newman to A. E. Hotchner, April 24, 1974


“Let me know when you get your naturalization papers so we can start work.”


Paul Newman to A. E. Hotchner, May 6, 1974


“Enclosed you will find a catalog of boating equipment. I suggest that you look specifically on page 32…the yellow sou’wester hat. This is not very good in heavy weather, but is perfectly acceptable while feeding the dogs or making love to your wife. Also acceptable for streaking.”


Paul Newman to A. E. Hotchner, November 23, 1977


“I wish I could report really good things. I don’t know that I can. I will be spending a lot of time with the dentist – oh, happy days! – and a lot of time with both hands in my pockets. Careful! That’s not for publication!”


Closed, “Kisses, / P.L.


Paul Newman to A. E. Hotchner, May 1, 1978

“I have heard via the grapevine, i.e. the Westport Dog Pound, that you’ve been gone so long they’ve revoked your fuckin’ passport. The boat will go into the water May 29. It will probably sink on May 30. I’m trying to get a new top. I think you have most of the fishing poles stashed away in the basement some place.”


“Don't know if I told you, but I will be one of the delegates to the United Nations special session on Disarmament, which goes May 23 to June 28. Looks like a little night fishing.”


“I've had three races so far this season and won all three which ain't bad for a fellow who is crowding fifty-four. All those young guy with their hot-shot reflexes! Piss on ’em!”


“Sorry to hear about your theft. We’ve been lucky along that line so far but, my God, things are getting kinky in California. People are knocking off people in libraries and museums, for Christ’s sake!”


Closed, “Kisses, / P.L.


Paul Newman to A. E. Hotchner, November 13, 2002


“You done it again---a triumph, but then I keep thinking of the Flying Dutchman---an eternity of Nick Adams on a boast with no port in sight. Keep a stiff upper.”


The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever.


“The World of Nick Adams” was Hotchner’s adaptation of several of Ernest Hemingway’s early autobiographical stories and was dramatized for television in 1957. A revised version was performed in New York in November 2001. Newman may be referring to Hotchner’s "The Day I Fired Alan Ladd and Other World War II Adventures", a memoir he published in 2002 about his experiences as a movie-maker in the U.S. Army Air Corps.


Paul Newman to A. E. Hotchner, February 26, 2008


“And so he rises from the sea…


“During these some weeks in the hospital, I am reminded that I haven’t been extraordinarily communicative. I do know family and compatriots have been in touch.”


“For weeks now doctors both at Norwalk Hospital and the New York Presbyterian Hospital have been seeking. They finally got the source but not yet cause or specific insult. Tests and more tests.”


“At any rate, I am diagnosed –some good, some in between, and some questionable.”


“They haven’t told me yet if I can have a glass of wine with friends. Come visit anyway. Square dancing at 7:15pm every night.”


Closed, “Kisses, / PL


Newman died on September 26, 2008, of lung cancer.


Paul Leonard Newman (1925-2008) was born in Ohio and showed an early interest in the theater. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. After the war, he graduated from Kenyon College in 1949 and moved to New York in 1951. There, he began acting on Broadway and television. He began his motion picture career in 1954 and began starring roles in 1958. He continued acting in movies until 2002. Nominated for Academy Awards in five successive decades, Newman won for The Color of Money (1986) and an additional honorary Academy Award in 1986. Among his most famous movies were The Hustler (1961), Harper (1966), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), The Sting (1973), and The Verdict (1982). He also drove and sponsored race cars; co-founded Newman’s Own, a food company that donated all profits to charity; and was a well-known philanthropist. Newman married twice, first to Jackie Witte, from 1949 to 1958, with whom he had three children; and then to actress Joanne Woodward, from 1958 to his death in 2008, with whom he had three daughters.


Aaron E. Hotchner (b. 1917) was born in St. Louis and graduated from Washington University in 1940. He was admitted to the bar in 1941 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a journalist. After the war, he became an editor, biographer, novelist, and playwright. He was close friends with Ernest Hemingway from 1948 until Hemingway’s death in 1961. He adapted several of Hemingway’s short stories for television and published a biography of Hemingway in 1966. He also authored biographies of Doris Day and Sophia Loren. In 1982, he co-founded Newman’s Own food company with his friend and Westport, Connecticut, neighbor Paul Newman. All profits from this line of food products are donated to charity. He also worked with Newman on other philanthropic initiatives.


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