Paul Newman ‘The Last Movie Stars’ documentary to premiere on HBO Max this month

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“I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?” 

That’s how Hollywood legend Paul Newman described his marriage to actress Joanne Woodward in “Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward” by Joe Morella and Edward Z. Epstein. Now their story is being told in a six-part HBO Max miniseries called "The Last Movie Stars." The trailer dropped this Thursday, and the series will premiere July 21.

According to Playbill, actor George Clooney will voice Newman’s comments and Laura Linney will voice Woodward’s. The documentary will also feature Sam Rockwell, Billy Crudup, Sally Field, Zoe Kazan, Karen Allen, Steve Zahn, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Oscar Isaac and Mark Ruffalo.

The six-part documentary will look into the lives and careers of Newman and Woodward, including their dedication to art, philanthropy and each other. The couple lived in Westport and has a legacy of philanthropy in Connecticut.

In 1982, Newman and his neighbor, writer A.E Hotchner, started Newman’s Own, the company that sold Newman’s original oil-and-vinegar dressing. The company grew into a multimillion-dollar business selling popcorn, salad dressing, spaghetti sauce and other foods. All of the company’s profits are donated to charities.

Newman also founded The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford around 1988. The camp was created for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. He then established similar camps in several other states and in Europe.

In November 2021, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that a memoir Newman worked on in his 1980s Westport home will be published. It will include Newman’s thoughts on “acting, directing, boyhood, family, fame, Hollywood, Broadway, love, his first marriage, his 50-year marriage to Joanne Woodward, drinking, politics, racing, his ultimate ride to stardom and aging gracefully.” The untitled memoir is set to be released in the fall of 2022, according to the Associated Press.

"The Last Movie Stars" will premiere Thursday, July 21 on HBO Max.