Stephanie Newman is Paul Newman’s daughter. She is an 69 year-old American woman popular as born in 1954 to Newman and his wife Jackie Witte. Stephanie is one of the 6 (5 serving) children Paul Newman had from his two marriages. She is the third child and second daughter of the veteran actor.
Paul was first married to Jackie Witte (who is Stephanie’s mum) and later on to Joanne Woodward. Get to know more about Stephanie below.
Stephanie Newman was Born in the Early 1950s
There have been conflicting reports on Stephanie Newman’s actual date of birth. While some reports posit that she was born in the year 1951, which makes her about 72 years old, others have it that she was born in the year 1954, which makes her at least 69 years old. No matter what her actual age might be, Stephanie, no doubt, was born in the early 1950s.
Stephanie was born to Paul Leonard Newman and Jacqueline “Jackie” Witte as the youngest of the three children in their family at the time. Stephanie’s older siblings are Scott Newman and Susan Kendall Newman. Aside from these two, she also has about 3 other half-siblings.
While Scott was born on September 23rd, 1950, Susan was born sometime in February 1953. However, Scott, who was the only son of Paul and Jackie, could not live to old age. Stephanie Newman’s only brother died at the age of 28 after he overdosed on painkillers while treating injuries he sustained from a motorcycle accident.
Stephanie Newman’s Parents Divorced in 1958
Sadly, Stephanie Newman could only enjoy the first 4 years of her life having a father by her side to cradle and comfort her. Around the beginning of the year 1958, Paul and Jackie Witte’s almost 8 years old marriage collapsed. Following this divorce, in a twist and deviation from what is often the norm, Paul Newman got custody of Stephanie, and he had to raise the then 4-year-old Stephanie with his second wife, Joanne Woodward.
However, before “togetherness” turned to soar for Stephanie Newman’s biological parents, the duo met at a time when they were both considerably young. Jackie was only but a 19-year-old lady when she met Paul, who was a 24-year-old American Navy officer at the time.
Jackie was still in college, and it was also in the pursuit of doing what they both loved most (acting) that they met in the summer of 1949. By December 27th of the same year, Paul wedded Jackie in a beautiful wedding ceremony attended mostly by their friends and family members. In the course of their short-lived marriage, they had 3 children.
She was Raised by a Step-mum Following Her Parents’ Divorce
With her new mom, Stephanie was hardly treated differently than Joanne treated her own kids. Joanne Woodward bore her first child to Paul Newman on April 8, 1959, and named her Elinor Teresa Newman. And like most of her family members, Teresa took to acting from an early age, from the 60s through the 70s, with the stage name Nell Potts.
After a year and a couple of months later, on September 27th, 1961, Melissa Newman became Stephanie Newman’s second half-sibling (3rd sister and 4th sibling in total). In 1965, sometime in the month of April, Claire Newman, Stephanie’s youngest half-sibling, was born.
Speaking on how Joanne turned out to be a “different kind of stepmother,” Stephanie revealed that she grew up feeling like she had what she considered a bonus parent and 3 more sisters to bond and have fun with as one big united family. Stephanie also made it known that Joanne embroidered her pillows and sent her postcards from all over the world whenever she traveled away from home.
Furthermore, Stephanie, in the year 2015, decided to get a tattoo with the name of her stepmother written on her forearm. According to her, it would always remind her how special Joanne was to her and her sisters and will forever be.
Stephanie Newman is Likely on a Different Career Path from Her Siblings
Unlike her siblings (both biological and half-siblings), Stephanie is somewhat taciturn when it comes to revealing personal details about herself. Despite being born into a famous family, one with constant media attention, it is not yet known what schools she attended and the qualifications she bagged thereof.
Similarly, Stephanie seems not to be involved in the entertainment industry like the rest of her siblings, especially in front of the camera as an actress. In contrast, her siblings delved into the entertainment industry like their father and did well enough to earn recognitions deserving of their father’s iconic image as an actor.
The Newmans are Famous in Hollywood
Her late elder brother Scott Newman dropped out of college to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as an actor, stuntman, and singer at various times before his premature death. Scott’s best-known work is perhaps 1975’s The Great Waldo Pepper.
Susan Kendall Newman, who is a globally known lecturer, started off her career as an actress with uncredited roles in her father’s films Slap Shot, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and A Wedding. Similarly, their half-sister Nell Newman attained fame as an actress in the film The Effect of Gama Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.
On the other hand, Melissa Newman made her mark in films like See How She Runs, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, and Sometimes A Great Nation. The youngest of the Newman sisters, Claire Newman, is noted to have worked in the post-production of Big Little Lies.
Where Is Stephanie Newman Now?
Stephanie Newman has shown to prefer the quiet side of life far away from the bustle of celebrity life. Apart from the assumption that she is rather content with herself, there’s no information on what she is up to or even if she adopted a different name. It is not known if she got married, whom she might have married, and whether or not she had children.
Similarly, after her father’s death in September 2008 at the age of 83 as a result of lung cancer, the will Paul left behind caused a rift between his surviving family members and his advisor Robert Forrester. But amid all these, nothing was heard from Stephanie.