Sunday, September 28, 2008

In Memorian: Paul Newman

The news story rivaling the economy and the presidential race this weekend is the death of beloved Hollywood acting legend, Paul Newman. But Newman was exemplary in other roles in his life as well. As a husband his 50 year marriage to actress Joanne Woodward was proof positive that indeed a happy marriage could exist in Hollywood. As a father he shielded his 3 daughters from the spotlight choosing to raise his family in quiet Westport, Connecticut. As a philanthropist he established the Hole in the Wall camps for terminally ill children and of course the famous Newman's Own food products to fund the camps and various other charitable causes.

Newman has been described as an "actor's actor" and indeed he was. He trained at the Yale School of Drama and at the legendary Actor's Studio under Lee Strassberg along with such actors as Marlon Brando and Montgomery Cliff. We are lucky to have some of his early performances on film such as Sweet Bird of Youth and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof which serve as a snapshot to the state of the art of acting at a critical turning point in the craft as we know it. Newman went on to star in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and The Color of Money, for which he won an Oscar, among dozens of other films. He died of lung cancer at his home in Connecticut. He was 83.



At 10:30 AM, Blogger Red Seven said...

Paul Newman was one of the few "stars" who actually got better as he got older. My favorite Newman film is the Coen Bros' masterpiece The Hudsucker Proxy, and his all-time best performance (imho) was in Nobody's Fool. Those blue eyes, that gravelly voice ... he could simply look into the camera and speak barely above a whisper, and the world was mesmerized.


At 6:02 PM, Blogger judy said...

I couldn't agree more. Paul Newman was a man to be admired in all aspects of his life. My favorite Newman quote is one that is well known, but I think worth repeating. When asked how such an attractive actor managed to resist all the beautiful Hollywood starlets surrounding him, Newman said, "Why would I chase hamburger when I have steak at home?" It would be wise for others to reflect on this sage comment. We love you, Paul Newman. Rest in peace.

At 12:56 AM, Blogger Patrick Roberts said...

it's hard not to admire Paul Newman for putting his money to work in such productive ways, such as his Newman's Own line--high quality stuff and the proceeds go to good causes... very smart.


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