The United States Postal Service has announced that a ‘Forever’ first-class postage stamp honoring the late legendary actor and philanthropist Paul Newman (1925-2008) will be issued for sale on September 18, 2015. The official first-day ceremony for the stamp will take place on that date, beginning at 10:30 am, in the heart of The Playhouse Square District of Cleveland, Ohio. The ceremony will be sited on U.S. Bank Plaza, at the convergence of East 14th Street and Euclid Avenue, and USPS representatives will be in attendance, as will Newman’s daughter Clea Newman. In conjunction with the first-day ceremony, September 18th will be proclaimed Paul Newman Day.
Paul Newman was born on January 26, 1925 in the affluent southeastern Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Shaker Heights High School in 1943. By this high school graduation, the budding thespian had already performed in productions at the Cleveland Play House. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II, narrowly surviving the battle of Okinawa. Newman secured a Bachelor of Arts in drama and economics from Kenyon College, a private liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, in 1949, before traveling to other parts of the country pursuing his acting career. By 1953, he had made his Broadway debut in William Inge’s Picnic.
The Paul Newman Forever stamp was designed by USPS Art Director Derry Noyes, and incorporates a 1980 image taken by photographer Steve Schapiro. Newman’s distinctive blue eyes gaze firmly at the viewer, and the stamp bears his name and the appellation ‘Actor/Philanthropist’.
Newman was certainly a noteworthy actor, writer, producer and director, earning 10 Academy Award nominations throughout his career, including a best-actor win for The Color of Money, as well as awards from The Screen Actors Guild, the Cannes Film Festival, and BAFTA, among others. His best-loved films include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Long Hot Summer, Exodus, The Hustler, Hud, Harper, Hombre, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Verdict, The Color of Money, Nobody’s Fool, and The Road to Perdition.
As a professional racing car driver and team owner, he competed successfully for over 30 years. As an entrepreneur, Newman founded the Newman’s Own line of food products, which continues to donate all after-tax profits to charity, amounts that have totaled well in excess of $450 million. The actor’s Serious Fun Children’s Network continues to provide programs and activities for hundreds of thousands of children. He was a liberal social activist and environmentalist, helping to create both the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and the Safe Water Network. Newman was also famous for his long marriage to, and collaborations with, actress Joanne Woodward.
The Paul Newman Forever stamp will be initially priced at $0.49 (valid for first-ounce first class letter postage), issued in full-pane sheets of 20 stamps each. The stamp will also be available as a First Day Cover, affixed to an envelope with first-day cancellation postmark, and as a digital color postmark First Day Cover, affixed to an envelope with a digital color first-day cancellation postmark. Framed stamps with first day of issue plaques are also available from the USPS.
This Paul Newman stamp continues the USPS tradition of commemorating the greats of cinema, music, television, the stage and other arts. Other recent stamp issues include those highlighting such figures as Elvis, Ingrid Bergman, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles and Maya Angelou