Saturday, September 27, 2008

Farewell, Paul Newman

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Picture description: Paul Newman's head is turned to the side as he looks over his shoulder into the camera.

Paul Newman passed away from our world this morning. He was 83 years old. He was a truly admirable human being. I remember the first time I saw those ice-blue eyes of his on my television. I was absolutely smitten! This man was a masterful actor. Are there any movies he's in where his role was not memorable? I doubt it.

The only thing that was more admirable than his skill at acting was his devotion to philanthropy. Many people might be aware of the fact that he donated all of the after-tax profits generated by a line of food products that bore his name. However, what you might not know is just how much he was able to accomplish with that one act. The profits from his food franchise has generated over $200,000,000 in donations to charity. That's two hundred million dollars that he could have spent in any number of ways. Yet, he chose to use that money to fund world-wide organizations like The Hole in the Wall Gang camps for children with serious medical conditions.

This morning, Newman died at home from the lung cancer that he had been battling for over a year. After a lifetime of extraordinary humanism, hopefully Mr. Newman is somewhere out there in the universe resting easy as his legacy lives on here.

This video of Paul Newman as "Cool Hand Luke" playing "Plastic Jesus" seems especially poignant today.


belledame222 said...

RIP. :(

BLESSD1 said...

Bint...I had NO IDEA that he was a philanthropist of such a great magnitude. It makes his passing an even more devastating loss to this world. R.I.P. Thanks for posting this.

Daisy said...

I wrote about him, too...such a shame that his sort of dedicated Hollywood philanthropist seems to be a thing of the past. :(

movie fan 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.