Which was your favorite movie of his?
Paul Newman once said “I picture my epitaph: "Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown".”
He was true and honest, impossibly modest, and a fantastic philanthropist with the kindest soul.
How fortunate we all are for his time here with us.
to be honest, I don't know of many movies he made. I KNOW he made a lot but I'm not too familiar with many of them, I guess I grew up in a diff time.
By the way, Newman was my father's age. I'm not sure what that means to me other than that I feel most fortunate because I've seen a lot of men who were born that year, 1925, (tending to notice when they die and the news mentions it) who are of such similar character.
No question about it, there is something people have in common that affects them in major ways when born in the same year. The events going on at the time then and as we grow up have great impact on shaping who we become.
It makes me wonder about those being born and raised as young children right now with so much going on. So far, I've seen the young children today being mature and wise beyond their years, in contrast to those just before them. We had a time of unbelievable and unsustainable greed followed by an awakening that has been taking place for a while now and only recently peaked in recent days/weeks. The awakening though, seems to be having a very positive effect on the children. In 1925 we were just peaking out, "the Roaring 20's" and then those kids went through a sudden awakening at 4 years of age when the Great Depression hit. Perhaps that had something to do with Newman's choice to become such a great philanthropist. I've seen my father forgive more debts from struggling little businesses than you can shake a stick at. I used to go around with him when I was a kid to visit his clients from the poorer inner city areas on out to the poorer very rural areas because he was an accountant (retired now) who did not have much time to be with his kids during "tax season" (about 3 full months every year) so he'd ask who wanted to go for a ride for the day and I was the one of my two brothers and myself who always jumped at the chance. Later on, as a young adult I got to know some of these clients even better personally and they'd all tell me what a generous person my father is for letting them pay over time when their business wasn't doing so well. As a result, many of them hung in there and did much better and kept on going and are still going strong today.
It is my hope that the kids growing up will get the same positive boost those kids back then seemed to get: by learning what it is to be without, by learning how to appreciate what you have, by learning about putting aside what you want now for what you need later, and by learning kindness towards others since we are all in the same boat.
Paul Newman's death struck me that way. It isn't the first time. There have been, as I said, a number before him also from 1925 with the same fine qualities. They should be the rule and not the exception. I wish they could come from good times (not greedy times) not only from the more difficult times. At least something good comes out of the bad.
Dawn, my favorite is The Sting. If you've never seen it it's a MUST. George Gershwin composed the music and the album is an all-time classic. The Entertainer is one of my top 3 pieces of music ever created. The story and the acting and the cinematography in that movie are all of the very highest quality. The two main stars were Paul Neuman and Robert Redford who were both about tied for the title of #1 Heart throb" among the ladies at that time. With that kind of casting you knew it had to be great but they outdid themselves. They were the perfect match.
My favorite movie was "Hud".
Paul was a gentleman all the way. He and Joanne were definitely role models of great marriage.
my grandmother was born in 1925 as well, but she died back in '02.
and yeah, I know he was married to the same wife for a LONG time. you don't see that anymore. I've been married 14yrs (together for 18 yrs) and people go, REALLY! like it's unheard of nowdays. I just realized something and I told David the other day that we both are 38 now and we met and began dating when we were 19!!! we've been together HALF our lives! I guess I really am his BETTER half!!! lol!
I'm sure your grandmother was wonderful too. Care to tell us anything about her? I know I'd be interested.
Also, you keep up the good work in the marriage. It is work. Not everyone makes it that long or for the long long run but from what I've come to know about you if anyone can do it you can.
And on a side note; anyone interested in Paul Newman movies they may not have seen, or who wants to see some of them again, there are sure to be many or even all of them rebroadcast any day now. Just watch your local TV schedule. That's what always happens each time one of the greats dies.
I loved Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid too, the first time Redford and Newman starred together. As much as I loved Newman in that film I loved the character of Sundance and chose that as my CB "handle" way back when (we're talking early 70's when CB was all the rage, actually a couple of years before it became ultra popular I was already one of the local regulars and members of "The Columbia Breakers" CB club here in Columbia, MD). Then, it wasn't long at all before others began to steal my "handle". One kid on a walkie talkie using our club's channel (channel 3, common among the early Radio Shack CB walkie talkies) began riding around on his bike using my handle. I tracked him down with triangulation and told him how I'd been using the handle for over a year and had claim to it. He stopped using it. Then others began stealing it. Truckers running from Washington, DC to Baltimore and I stopped at least one other. Then I used "Bushwhacker" (LONG before the first Bush in the White House, it was NON political, just a term from camping, being bushwhacked if hiking and the guy in front of you flung back a branch to get by and let it go just as you passed so it hit you in the face). And some trucker out of Bel Air, MD began stealing that name of mine!
Thieves really suck. Some are so unoriginal. Oh well. Back to Paul Newman - He was an original. He was like no other before him and no one has even been foolish enough as to try and attempt to copy him.
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