03:23 PM EDT 03/19/2015
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.
Originally posted 09/27/2008 02:25PM
His characters onscreen were monumental, but it's at home where Paul Newman’s death may leave the biggest void.
"Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee," his daughters said in a statement following their father's death.
Calling Newman a "devoted husband,” “loving father," "adoring grandfather” and a “dedicated philanthropist," the women paid tribute to the head of their family.
Originally posted 09/27/2008 12:00PM
As Hollywood mourns the loss of a screen legend, Oscar winner Julia Roberts remembered Paul Newman as more than just an actor.
"He was my hero," Roberts tells PEOPLE.
The actress was on the board of Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang, which funds camp programs for children with serious illnesses, and had recently attended an event for the charity with his wife, actress Joanne Woodward.
Originally posted 09/27/2008 10:30AM
Paul Newman, a screen hero for more than half a century and the head of a philanthropic food empire for the past 25 years, has died, it was announced Saturday. He was 83.
Surrounded by his family and close friends at his farmhouse near Westport, Conn., Newman succumbed Friday after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement from publicist Jeff Sanderson.
Famed for his intense blue eyes, his love of car racing and one of the coolest demeanors ever to heat up the silver screen, Newman was nominated for Oscars ten times.
Originally posted 06/11/2008 08:30AM
Paul Newman has responded obliquely to a number of published reports that say he is gravely ill with cancer, while a longtime business associate and friend of the star has denied reports that quote him as saying the 83-year-old screen hero is battling the disease.
"I saw [Paul] last week and he seemed fine," writer A.E. Hotchner told Access Hollywood Wednesday afternoon. "I have no knowledge of any diagnosis or doctors."
Earlier in the day, the Associated Press reported that Hotchner, a founding partner in Newman's Own salad dressing company, said that Newman had first informed him about his battle with cancer 18 months ago.
On Tuesday, Newman's spokesman in Los Angeles, Jeff Sanderson, told Reuters and other media outlets: "Newman says he's doing nicely."
Originally posted 01/10/2005 08:00AM
SETTLED: Halle Berry, 38, officially became single last Monday, after successfully settling with former husband Eric Benet and finalizing their divorce. TV's Celebrity Justice reports that the Catwoman star will retain her Beverly Hills mansion, while Benet has moved to Studio City, Calif., in the San Fernando Valley. Benet, an R&B singer, reportedly wanted to challenge the couple's prenuptial agreement, but that did not occur, the show reports, adding that Berry will pay no spousal support.
Originally posted 01/28/2004 11:48AM
Perpetual newlywed Jessica Simpson, who will be performing at the Super Bowl this weekend, has signed on to make her feature film debut in "48 Hrs." director Walter Hill's "Walk On," a baseball drama based on a true story about the Texas Rangers, reports Variety.
Originally posted 11/11/2003 10:30AM
Paul Newman never seems to close his checkbook.
Originally posted 12/18/2002 01:20PM
Experience seems to be a factor for drunk people seeking rides home. According to a new survey asking for the public's celebrity "fantasy" designated driver (if such a thing actually exists), the No. 1 choice is screen legend Paul Newman.
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