Paul Newman : The extraordinary life of an ordinary man

featuring film historian Foster Hirsch in conversation with Clea Newman

Jan 11, 2023
5:30 PM | Bar opens
6:30 PM | Program
7:30 PM | Dinner
Skylight gallery
Open to Coffee House and Salmagundi members
Program is FREE to attend
Eventbrite RSVP required
$50 + tax (no tip) for prix fixe dinner; includes wine
Reservations for dinner required; card payments only
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About the Event

The Coffee House Club presents an unmissable evening, featuring film historian Foster Hirsch in conversation with Clea Newman on Paul Newman’s recent bestselling memoir.

Copies of The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man will be available for sale at the event. The program will be followed by dinner in the downstairs dining room.


If you plan to stay for dinner, and would like to have the prix-fixe, you may pre-pay when RSVP-ing via Eventbrite to guarantee your prix-fixe meal reservation or order from the prix-fixe when you come in. Otherwise, you are welcome to order from the a la carte menu (wine is not included when ordering a la carte). Thank you!

About the Book

Cover of "Paul Newman: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man. A middle-aged Paul Newman covers half his face with his hand in black and white

The raw, candid, unvarnished memoir of an American icon. The greatest movie star of the past 75 years covers everything: his traumatic childhood, his career, his drinking, his thoughts on Marlon Brando, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, John Huston, his greatest roles, acting, his intimate life with Joanne Woodward, his innermost fears and passions and joys. With thoughts / comments throughout from Joanne Woodward, George Roy Hill, Tom Cruise, Elia Kazan and many others.

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man is revelatory and introspective, personal and analytical, loving and tender in some places, always complex and profound.

Highlighted Reviews

One of the best books of the year by Time Magazine, Vanity Fair

“This is like eavesdropping on a dinner party filled with friends and colleagues all listening to and talking about the man sitting at the head of the table, Paul Newman. Honest, funny and often painful conversations which were found by his daughters and woven together into a fascinating memoir of their “anything but ordinary” father. I loved the book and adored the man.”—Sally Field

“Newman at his best…with his self-aware persona, storied marriage and generous charitable activities…this rich book somehow imbues his characters’ pain and joy with fresh technicolor.” —The Wall Street Journal

About the Speaker

a woman in a black dress posing for a picture.

Clea Newman serves as the proud Ambassador and spokesperson for SeriousFun Children’s Network (SeriousFun), helping to elevate awareness of the mission and advance the legacy of her father and SeriousFun founder, Paul Newman. SeriousFun is a global network of 30 camps and programs providing life-changing experiences to children living with serious illnesses and their family members, totally free of charge. Since Paul Newman opened the first SeriousFun camp in 1988, the Network has provided over 1.6 million experiences to children and families from more than 50 countries around the world.

As the youngest daughter of the legendary acting couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Clea’s parents not only encouraged her to find her passion in life and pursue it with fervor, they also taught her the importance and power of giving back. Those two lessons merged for Clea when she discovered her passion in life was philanthropy and working to advance the causes and organizations she cared about. Always supportive of the SeriousFun mission, Clea started her philanthropic endeavors by working on the Development team at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (the first SeriousFun Camp). Previously, Clea served on SeriousFun’s Board of Directors where she was the chair of the Development Committee.

Currently, Clea serves as the Board Chair for Wild Earth Allies, an organization that protects vital areas of our natural world for the benefit of wildlife, habitats, and people by inspiring collaborative action. She also serves on the Board of AIND Next Steps Giant Steps, an organization that enhances the lives of children and adults with ASD and other neuro-biologically based learning, developmental and genetic disorders by developing and maintaining outreach, educational, recreational, and therapeutic programs and supporting related clinical related clinical and medical research. Clea served as Director of Development at Giant Steps School for seven years before taking on her role at SeriousFun.

Clea holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She resides in Fairfield, CT with her husband Kurt Soderlund. A serious horseback rider since the age of six, Clea is still an avid rider and enjoys a variety of fitness activities including hiking, yoga and running.

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