12:54 AM EDT 10/17/2013
Originally posted 03/23/2011 01:10PM
Superstar to superstar. To Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor was "a functioning voluptuary … a courageous survivor, a helluva actress and someone I am extremely proud to know."
Even in the sanitized 1958 MGM version of Tennessee Williams's potent drama in which they costarred, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – with the sultry Newman as the drunkard ex-athlete Brick and an indelible Taylor as his neglected wife, Maggie the Cat – the two sent audiences' pulses racing. But they were more than simply sex symbols. Both proved themselves Academy Award-level actors and world-class humanitarians.
Now, sadly, they are both gone. Newman died at age 83, in 2008, and Taylor, at 79, early Wednesday morning.
Fortunately, their performances remain – as does a tribute Newman paid Taylor on behalf of Turner Classic Movies. (See the video below.)
Originally posted 05/13/2010 12:20PM
It's an honor bestowed on America's best-loved entertainers who've passed away – a commemorative U.S. postage stamp.
Elvis has one – the most popular U.S. stamp of all time, in fact. So do Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. As of Wednesday, Katharine Hepburn, who died in 2003, has one too.
The full 2010 lineup is already set. But what happens when the U.S. Postal Service has to ready more celeb-studded stamps? Here are a few ideas to consider for the future:
Originally posted 06/09/2009 02:50PM
Julia Roberts, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Redford, Bill Clinton, Harry Connick Jr. and Kristin Chenoweth helped deliver some serious star power to Monday's Lincoln Center gala in New York on behalf of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps and honor the beloved, late founder of the charity benefiting children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Among what they had to say about Newman, who died last year, was:
"We've done a lot of these galas," Julia Roberts said, after doing a dancing kick line with kids who have attended the camps. "And I've never stood up without my buddy Paul Newman. It seems so much easier to sing and dance and make a fool of yourself when he's right next to you. He encourages fun, more than any person I've ever met. "
"I went up to the camp and Paul had me eat my first oyster," Jerry Seinfeld said during a sidesplitting stand-up routine. "I had never had an oyster in my life. And he convinced me to eat one. And it was horrible and it was exciting. And I thought, this will be gross and I'll have a story: I had my first oyster with Paul Newman."
Originally posted 10/02/2008 08:30AM
Move over, Kevin Bacon. John Mayer has his own celebrity name game – and Paul Newman is the undisputed champ.
The singer-songwriter recently took to his blog to explain the game and, more importantly, to honor the late screen legend.
"I used to play this game with my friends where we'd try and figure out who the 'heaviest' legend was in terms of having the clout to bump another superstar from a reservation at a packed restaurant on a Saturday night," Mayer wrote. "It starts to get fun when ... [you're] bickering about whether Robert De Niro bumps Bob Dylan, or Springsteen bumps Bono."
But the game "quickly runs out of steam," he noted, "when you realize that nobody can top Paul Newman."
Mayer, who turns 31 in two weeks, signed off with an emphatic salute to the blue-eyed icon: "Nobody will ever be that cool again."
Originally posted 09/30/2008 05:15PM
Tom Hanks released a statement Tuesday remembering his Road to Perdition costar Paul Newman, who died at age 83:
"Paul Newman told me his hotel in Chicago was a room at the YMCA, which was not hard to imagine. He considered himself just another member of the acting company, who would call his wife during breaks and confess to feeling self-conscious on the first day of shooting. But he was Paul Newman, and could not mask the fact he was simply – yet elegantly – an extraordinary artist and man. How lucky we all have been."
Originally posted 09/30/2008 11:45AM
As fans continue to mourn the death of revered icon Paul Newman, one of the people closest to him – his older brother Arthur – is paying tribute to him.
"Beyond his place as a world famous 'super star,' his reputation as a top international racecar driver and rightful recognition as a most generous global philanthropist, Paul was my loyal and supportive brother for the past 83 years," Arthur said in a statement.
Since the actor's death last Friday, several stars and family members have offered condolences and recalled their fondest memories of the legendary actor.
Originally posted 09/29/2008 11:35AM
To honor Paul Newman's charitable spirit, some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are lending their talent in support of one of his favorite projects.
Many of the late actor's famous friends – including Julia Roberts, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Warren Beatty and others – will stage a special benefit reading of The World of Nick Adams Monday, Oct. 27 at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
The event was planned before Newman’s death, and will continue as planned, with proceeds benefiting The Painted Turtle, Newman's California camp for seriously ill children. The camp is part of Newman's many Hole in the Wall Camps. The participating stars will dedicate their performances to his memory.
Originally posted 09/28/2008 05:00PM
Friends for 41 years, legendary race-car driver Mario Andretti says one of the things he'll miss most about Paul Newman is his pal's sense of humor. The two were known to cook up bets and competitions just to amuse each other.
Originally posted 09/28/2008 11:00AM
In Hollywood, Paul Newman was royalty. But in Westport, Conn., where he
lived with his wife of 50 years, Joanne Woodward, he was just "a regular guy," says AJ
Izzo, part owner of Crossroads Hardware on Main Street, where Newman had
been a customer for more than 20 years.
"He'd walk in and say, 'How are you, AJ?' And I'd say, 'Hey, Paul.' He probably gave more than he took in life, and you don't find many people like that."
Newman, who will be remembered in town as upbeat, generous, and down-to-earth, often popped into the store to buy supplies to fix common household problems.
"He was a gadget guy in many ways,"" says Izzo. "He'd buy light bulbs or a new screw for a hinge just like an average guy would do."
Originally posted 09/27/2008 03:00PM
Paul Newman’s lasting impact in Hollywood was more than evident Saturday, a day after the Oscar winner succumbed to cancer, as stars and pals alike expressed their sadness over his death.
"There is a point where feelings go beyond words," two-time costar Robert Redford said in a statement. "I have lost a real friend. My life – and this country – is better for his being in it."
The pair, who shared heartthrob status in their heyday, starred together in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 and again in The Sting, in 1973. A testament to their easygoing friendship: Redford famously gave Newman a dented, engine-less Porsche as a joke for his birthday one year. Newman repaid the favor by having the car crushed and sent back to the actor.
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