Saturday, September 27, 2008

Saying Goodbye to Paul Newman

Paul Newman passed away Friday at the age of 83. This news made me, and millions of others, very sad. Not only was he one of the best actors to ever grace the stage and screen, but he was also a great humanitarian. And those piercing blue eyes...OUCH! He once joked "If my eyes should ever turn brown, my career is shot to hell."

When I was in the 10th grade, Mr. Marshall (my English teacher) liked to show movies as part of the class. One I will never forget is Hombre. I consider this one of Newman's best. It really touched me and made me a fan for life.

And of course there is the most famous movie pairing in Hollywood. Newman only made two movies with Robert Redford, The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but it grew into a legendary partnership and friendship. Hearing of his friend's death, Redford released a statement saying "There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life - and this country - is better for his being in it."

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward celebrated their 50th anniversary on February 2, 2008. He was once asked why he never strayed and his reply was "Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?" Woodward was once quoted as saying "Sexiness wears thin after awhile and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat!" (The top photo was taken in January, 1958. Don't have the date for the bottom one.)


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Red Eyes said...

Mercy on his soul and I don't know how you will look on this but I came by your blog today for the very first time. I've never been able to understand the passion that some have for blogging but I love reading stuff that awakens the mind and inflames the imagination. I think yours is an admirable blog and reading through your archives was interesting. I couldn't resist the temptation to do just that. The more scope it gave to my mind although I was hoping to read and leave quietly without surprising you with any comment. Perhaps you will be inviting back sometime if you think a counter visit is worth one infringement of your normal routine. I'll look out for your arrival. Until then, take care.

btw: have you seen or read the master and margarita?

Vicki Lane said...

I, too, felt a sense of loss. He seems to have been a really Good man.

Susan M. Bell said...

red eyes - Thanks for stopping by my blog. All are quite welcome here. I have never heard of The Master and Margarita but after looking it up, I will add it to my reading list. It sounds quite interesting.

vicki - Yeah, from what I've read over the past couple days, he never forgot to give back. Great lesson to have taught his children.