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Member # 1211
 - posted September 27, 2008 16:29
One of the last true Hollywood "stars" has passed away...I am so sad. Paul Newman was a class act who quietly donated over 175 million dollars (conflicting reports cite up to 250 million) to charity and founded camps for sick kids. In these times of reality stars who are famous for doing nothing and stars who "dabble" in philanthropy, he was truly a breath of fresh air.

Member # 2071
 - posted September 27, 2008 17:51
He was the real deal, a quite absurdly good looking and talented film star, who was also a thoroughly decent man, liked by almost everyone who knew him.
Member # 123
 - posted September 28, 2008 07:53
Sad news indeed, he seemed like such a nice guy, and a decent man.

I was just enjoying some of his salsa last night.
Colonel Panic
Member # 1200
 - posted September 28, 2008 08:00

Here is a wonderful audio slide show that does a brief review of Newman's career.


One of the manor points it makes is how Newman really showed his acting abilities after he aged and no longer was the incredibly handsome hunk he was in his younger years.

And in fact, he excelled in roles where he played men who once "had it all" and showed vulnerability and a self-awareness that the advantages of youth were disappearing.

It's interesting viewing.

Member # 1211
 - posted September 28, 2008 14:17
Thanks for that, CP- wonderful.

However, I disagree-I thought he got even more handsome with age. [blush]
Member # 21999
 - posted September 28, 2008 16:46
What a life he had...and that marriage IN HOLLYWOOD...amazing!
The world lost a little of its brightness. [Frown]
Member # 123
 - posted October 01, 2008 07:58
A great interview with Robert Redford talking about his friendship with Paul Newman...

Member # 183
 - posted October 05, 2008 17:59
I have a poster on the wall behind me, a cutaway drawing of the Bob Sharp Racing Datsun IMSA AAGT 280ZX, whose driver was Paul Newman (I drive my own Z-cars in local autocrosses).

From what I've heard, Newman was well-regarded at the track, and was just another competitor like every other driver on that side of the fence. He was a real class act.
Member # 2071
 - posted October 05, 2008 18:34
Of the many things I have read about him in the last few days, two stand out. First the man himself on himself:-
Paul Newman (known as Ol' PL to both friends and enemies): The 'L' stands for 'Leonard' or 'Lunkhead'. He answers to both.

He is probably best known for his spectacularly successful food conglomerate. In addition to giving the profits to charity, he also ran Frank Sinatra out of the spaghetti-sauce business. On the downside, the spaghetti sauce is outgrossing his films.

He did graduate from Kenyon College magna cum lager and in the process begat a laundry business, which was the only student-run enterprise on Main Street. Yale University later awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for unknown reasons. He has won four Sports Car Club of America National Championships and is listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest driver (70) to win a professionally sanctioned race (24 Hours of Daytona, 1995). He is married to the best actress on the planet, was number 19 on Nixon's enemies list, and purely by accident has fifty-one films and four Broadway plays to his credit. He is generally considered by professionals to be the worst fisherman on the East Coast.

Secondly from Sally Field
Sometimes God makes perfect people and Paul Newman was one of them. I was blessed to have known him. The world is better because of him
Sounds like my Dad. He was a lucky man too.

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