Advertising: Celluloid Vs. Vinyl

Celluloid Vs. Vinyl

Paul Newman, superstar, race-car driver and purveyor of his own name-brand salad dressing, has long avoided the big-time endorsement deals that many of his Hollywood peers covet. Too commercial, he was thought to feel. But last week word circulated that the star of Cool Hand Luke and Blaze had agreed to do a TV spot for American Express for a reported $2 million to $5 million. Meryl Streep, another holdout in the celebrity-endorsement sweepstakes, is also believed to be considering a deal with Amex, but corporate officials have refused to comment.

Both Oscar-winning stars are known for their charitable work and...

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