Paul Newman Appreciation Thread: 1925-2008

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Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward with a small dog, 1958

Paul Newman (born 1925) and Joanne Woodward (born 1930) were photographed here, soon after their marriage in 1958, with an unidentified little dog, obviously a treasured pet. Woodward, an intelligent and gifted actress, had a love of horses and dogs, and the previous year the couple had given their friends Gore Vidal and Howard Austen a pair of cocker spaniels they called Blanche and Billy. All four were working in Hollywood at the time, and they took a house together in Malibu Beach, where their dogs would disappear for the day, collected in the morning by a beagle who trotted down on his own from the north of the colony. The dogs would return at dusk, exhausted.
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The man had presence and style. Woodward was absolutely the better actor of the couple, but Newman was the star – a star who avoided Hollywood as much as he could.

But neither his heartthrob looks nor his talent could convince Newman to embrace the Hollywood lifestyle. He was reluctant to give interviews and usually refused to sign autographs because he found the majesty of the act offensive.

“Sometimes God makes perfect people,” fellow “Absence of Malice” star Sally Field said, “and Paul Newman was one of them.”

Newman had a soft spot for underdogs in real life, giving tens of millions to charities through his food company and setting up camps for severely ill children. Passionately opposed to the Vietnam War, and in favor of civil rights, he was so famously liberal that he ended up on President Nixon’s “enemies list,” one of the actor’s proudest achievements, he liked to say.

Newman is survived by his wife, five children, two grandsons and his older brother Arthur. [AP obituary]

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7 replies

  1. He was a good man and refreshing to have in Hollywood. He will be so very missed.
    If anyone’s worried about Newman’s Own, I wouldn’t be too concerned, by the way. Paul’s daughter Nell has been a part of it for fifteen years, and I’ve read she’s very committed to the company.

  2. What a great looking couple who aged beautifully together. I think I’ll watch ‘The Hustler’ tonight in tribute.

  3. I think this image speaks volumes — look how natural Paul looks and how plastic Robert looks.

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  5. Lawd have mercy, as we say here in the Deep South. The man was beautiful inside and out.

  6. 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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