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Melissa Newman Biography
Melissa Newman is an American actress, artist, and singer. She’s the daughter of Hollywood screen legends Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Having grown up as the daughter of two of their time’s most prominent thespians, Melissa has been exposed to the spotlight since her birth. However, both Newman and Woodward tried to maintain a semblance of normalcy in their private lives.
As a result, Melissa and her siblings grew up in a careful and encouraging household. She has two sisters and two half-sisters. She also had a half brother who passed away in 1978. As an actress, Melissa found some success. One of her early roles was an uncredited role in the 1971 film’ Sometimes a Great Notion.’ She then appeared on TV shows like’ Hawkins’ and’ The New Perry Mason.’
Melissa Newman Age
Melissa is 57 years old as of 2018. She was born on September 27, 1961, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States.
Melissa Newman Family
Melissa is Paul Newman’s second of three daughters and his second wife, Joanne Woodward. Her older sister is Elinor “Nell” Teresa, born in 1959. Her younger sister, Claire Clea Olivia, was born in 1965. Melissa also has two older half-sisters, named Susan born 1953 and Stephanie Kendall born 1954, through her father’s earlier marriage to Jackie Witte.
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Melissa Newman Children
Melissa is a mother of two kid’s Henry Elkind, Peter Elkind.
Melissa Newman Career
In 1971, Melissa Newman appeared in her father’s film’ Sometimes a Great Notion.’ The film also starred Henry Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, and Lee Remick on the basis of Ken Kesey’s novel of the same name. Also involved in the film was Richard Jaeckel, who won an Oscar nomination for his performance. Melissa, who was nine years old during the filming, portrayed Lissy Stamper’s uncredited role.
She appeared in the second episode of the first season of CBS ‘ mystery drama series ‘ Hawkins’ in 1973. She was also cast that year in a season one episode of CBS ‘ 1970s revival of’ Perry Mason’ 1957-66, titled’ The New Perry Mason.’ Then Melissa appeared in the 1978 telefilm’ See How She Runs.’
Credited as Lissy Newman, she had the opportunity to work with her mother in this project, portraying her on-screen daughter, Janey Quinn. Woodward won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie in 1978 for her performance.
In 1990, in the Ivory-Merchant production ‘ Mr, Melissa played the younger version of the character of her mother. & Mrs. Bridge. This is not only her last film to date but also the final film where her parents appeared together.
For her, acting has never been a profession. Melissa Newman was sporadically doing something as a child. In her late teens and early twenties, Melissa was employed in a children’s art program as an assistant nursery school teacher, stable hand, horse exerciser, and staff member. She is an artist herself, working almost exclusively as a sculptor as well as with ceramics. She’s also a prominent cabaret singer.
She was hailed as one of New York’s most promising cabaret singers in the early 1990s. She made her debut as a professional singer at an AIDS benefit at Don’t Tell Mama cabaret in May 1990. She received the Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist from the’ Backstage’ magazine in 1991. In an interview with’ Chicago Tribune,’ her mother admitted that she wanted her daughter to be an opera singer, but she had loved jazz since she was a child.
She also expressed her hope that one day the singing career could lead to acting. Melissa, however, had no interest in acting again, saying, “I think that would be asking for trouble.”
Melissa Newman The Undefeated
Melissa played the role as Charlotte Langdon in The Undefeated which is a 1969 American Western and Civil War movie directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and John Wayne (uncredited) and starring John Wayne and Rock Hudson.
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Nell, Lissy, and Clea grew up in a happy home with sensible parents, who instilled great moral values besides a heady reverence for fun. They maintained a conscientious distance from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood.
“We’d go to premieres and have to dress up, but none of us were very comfortable with it,” Clea said in an interview with the Daily Mail in 2017. “We were much happier in jeans and sneakers, running through the woods with our hair in pigtails.”
Nell, the eldest, lives in California. She is a former child actress who performed under the name “Nell Potts.” Now married to photographer and humanitarian Gary Irving, she is an environmentalist who supports sustainable agriculture.
Nell became a successful entrepreneur when she founded an organic food and pet food production company, Newman’s Own Organics, and she is involved with multiple children’s welfare charities, just like her father.
Sharing meaningful acting credentials with his eldest, Newman actually directed Nell alongside her mother in the film drama Rachel, Rachel and the play The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.
Newman and Woodward’s middle child, Lissy, is an artist and singer who also dipped her toes in the acting water in her younger years. Today, she and her husband, middle-school teacher Raphael “Raphe” Elkind, still live in the Newmans’ hometown of Westport, Connecticut. Extraordinarily, they live in the same 19th-century home previously owned by Lissy’s famous parents.