Aging Gracefully: At the Peak of Beauty and Fame

Paul Newman and Carmen Dell'Orefice share secrets with Barbara Walters.

September 28, 2008, 11:59 AM

— -- In the modeling business where 30 is considered old, you'd think there would be no place for someone old enough to collect Social Security.

But Carmen Dell'Orefice, 76, has been working steadily for the last six decades.

Although she shot her first Vogue cover at age 16, in 1947, Dell'Orefice hasn't let age slow her down.

She's not shy about admitting her age or about revealing her secrets to looking and feeling young.

"I think it all starts with thought and attitude," said Dell'Orefice, who is known as Carmen in the world of modeling.

Her attitude helped make her a supermodel, before the term was even coined. A staple in top fashion magazines for half a century, her looks have only gotten better with age and with her now trademark silver hair.

Several years ago she wrote a book and divulged that sex was a key element in maintaining her youth and it seems that nothing has changed.

"It's part of it, life has to be a balance, and I've figured out the balance for myself. Sex always," she said with a laugh.

Another major component in Dell'Orefice's life is exercise.

"I exercise every day. I don't get up and have a cup of coffee anymore, I get up and move to get blood to my brain," Dell'Orefice said. She says that it's the energy that keeps her going.

"Training like an athlete, get enough sleep, not too much booze [and] I never smoke."

And another secret that keeps her looking and feeling young? She uses lard as face cream to keep the moisture in at night.

It's been written before that Dell'Orefice's regimen sounded like the routine of keeping a classic limousine in running order and she agrees with that.

"It's like, if you have a Rolls Royce you have to keep, you know [you're] looking after the parts," she said with a laugh.

Racing Through the Years

At 82, Paul Newman prefers a race car to a Rolls Royce. He spends a lot of his weekends zooming around Limerock Racetrack in Lakeville, Conn.

"There's something exhilarating about it," he said. "I don't plan to be winning a lot of races, but it's fun to just get in the car, and it's very relaxing actually."

Newman's remarkable acting career spans more than five decades, but his last major movie role was in 2002's "The Road to Perdition." Even though he was nominated for an Academy Award at the age of 77, you may not be seeing much more of him on the silver screen.

"I simply cannot remember lines, and maybe it's become psychological, or whatever," Newman told Barbara Walters. "Doesn't make any difference. Because once your confidence goes, you're working at maybe 50 percent of your potential."

With acting now behind him, what keeps Paul Newman going? Maybe it's his 50-year marriage to Joanne Woodward that's still going strong, or maybe it's one of his other interests.

He created Newman's Own food products 26 years ago, just so he could donate the money to charity and the business is still expanding with new products and an organic line. He has given all the proceeds from the sale of his salad dressing, popcorn and spaghetti sauce to charity.

To date, he's given away more than $240 million. And his Hole in the Wall camps give recreational and therapeutic camping experiences to children facing life-threatening diseases. There are now 15 camps around the world. But what really keeps Newman young is his passion for racing. And, he says, he has no plans to leave the track anytime soon.

Newman's not concerned about getting older and he gives all the credit to the longevity to his genes.

"My mother on her deathbed said, 'Paul, you have to excuse me, I've been lying all these years, I'm not 83, I'm 87.' And when we took her back to Cleveland, to be buried next to my father, her sister was there."

"And I said, 'you know, mother said that she had been lying all these years, and that she wasn't 83, that she was 87.' And her sister said, 'Baloney, she was 93,' " Newman said.

Apparently, Newman still has a long way to go.

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