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Nobody was as Cool as Paul Newman September 28, 2008

Posted by prairiewoman in Chatterboard.
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Blue-eyed, charming and rascally, Paul Newman was one of the biggest movie stars of the 20th century. With co-star Robert Redford he was in two of the biggest box office successes in history, 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Newman played Butch and Redford was Sundance) and 1973’s The Sting. Newman was Oscar-nominated as best actor eight times, for films including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958, opposite Elizabeth Taylor), The Hustler (1961, co-starring George C. Scott), and Cool Hand Luke (1967). He went Oscar-less until 1985, when he was given an honorary Academy Award for his distinguished body of work; the next year he won the best actor Oscar for his role in Martin Scorsese‘s The Color of Money (1986, co-starring Tom Cruise). He also directed several films, including Rachel, Rachel (1968), Sometimes A Great Notion (1971, based on the novel by Ken Kesey) and Harry and Son (1984). With his friend A.E. Hotchner, he founded the “Newman’s Own” line of salad dressing in 1982, with the proceeds going to charity. The company expanded into many other foods (including “Fig Newman” cookies), and by the time of Newman’s death had donated $200 million dollars to charities worldwide

Lung cancer has been thrust into the spotlight again after the death of legendary actor and philanthropist Paul Newman at the age of 83.  Newman died Friday only a few months after pictures surfaced of him looking frail and thin as he was wheeled from the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, where he was said to be receiving treatment for lung cancer.  During Newman’s rise to fame in the 1950s, cigarette smoking was used in the movies and on television to convey masculinity, sophistication and sex appeal.  Late in his career, Newman — who at one time was considered a heavy smoker — famously quipped, “It’s absolutely amazing that I survived all the booze and smoking and the cars and the career.”

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1. Chris - September 28, 2008

So sad about Paul. One of the good guys for sure.

2. Daniel's Critical Corner - September 28, 2008

My heart is broken ! What a great man. Some of my favorite
Paul Newman films: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “Torn Curtain”
and “The Towering Inferno”. He will be missed !!!

3. prairiewoman - September 28, 2008

How could you forget Cool Han Luke. Oh those blue eyes.

4. DeAnn Hilmoe - September 28, 2008

One of my favorites was “The Long Hot Summer” with Joann Woodward.

5. prairiewoman - September 28, 2008

OMG yes. And what a great couple who stayed together through everything. Not easy 2 do in Hollywood.

6. coffee fiend - January 10, 2009

Paul Newman is a legend for his work in movies, and he’s a stud for all his work outside of movies

7. prairiewoman - January 10, 2009

Amen to that


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