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Old 09-27-2008, 07:22 PM   #21
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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Or Cool Hand Luke. Or Hud. Or any film he acted in.

I have a personal Paul Newman story to share: In my past life, I attended hundreds of charitable events representing MegaCorp. About 10 years ago, I attended a charity gala for the Jackie Robinson Scholarship Foundation at the Waldorf=Astoria in NYC. At the pre-dinner cocktail reception, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Newman. Before I was introduced to him, I was warned not to be a fawning fan (i.e., don't ask for his autograph and don't take his picture!) so I racked my brain trying to think of something "smart" to say to him. I remembered that a colleague of mine had some connection to the Hole in the Wall Camps that Paul Newman was so passionate about, so when we were introduced, I mentioned that we had a mutual friend, and that my colleague had recently suffered a heart attack.

Mr. Newman asked me if I had my colleague's home address so he could drop him a note. I didn't have the information with me, of course, so Mr. Newman asked me for my card (!!!) and then gave me his card on which he wrote his assistant's name and phone number. He asked me to call his assistant with the address info, and I said I would do so.

The next morning I called my office for my phone messages and was told that "a woman who said she worked for Paul Newman" called and wanted to know if I left any information for him. My assistant thought it was me playing a joke on her as she was a huge P.N. fan. When I returned to the office, I gave her Paul's calling card as a souvenir. I did get the information to Paul Newman's office that day...and several days later, my colleague called me to say that he just received the most touching, handwritten get well note from Paul that referenced our brief meeting at the Waldorf.

What a lovely, genuine gentleman!
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:31 PM   #22
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What a lovely, genuine gentleman!
Thanks for sharing such a great story about Paul Newman. I have always liked and admired him both for his talent and what he did with his life. He was different than the usual Hollywood crowd for sure.
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Old 09-27-2008, 08:44 PM   #23
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Cool Hand Luke!

I also really like his sauces.......esp. the marinara. Yum!
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Cool Hand Luke!

I also really like his sauces.......esp. the marinara. Yum!
Today I used some of his balsamic vinegar.

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What a lovely, genuine gentleman!
Over the years, I have read reports of his graciousness.
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He had so many great movies, but I think my favorite was "From The Terrace".

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He was different than the usual Hollywood crowd for sure.
Maybe partly because he chose to live in Westport, Connecticut instead of the Los Angeles area.
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Old 09-27-2008, 11:18 PM   #26
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My favorite is "The Hustler" (part of that is because I also loved Jackie Gleason in it, and George C. Scott is always bankable as well).

Other older ones worth seeing (well, I liked them) are the southern gothic Tennessee Williams melodramas: "Sweet Bird of Youth" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed a more recent "Glass Menagerie". I have not seen that, but he obviously has some affinity for that writer.
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Here's a nice tribute to Paul, through his movie 'Cool Hand Luke'. RIP.

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What a class act Paul Newman was.

My favourite movie is The Verdict.

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So Pat says, he says, "They got this new bar... and you go inside and for half a buck you get a beer, a free lunch and they take you in the back room - they get you laid... Mike says, "Now wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. Do you mean to say there's a new bar and you go inside and for a half a buck they give you a beer, a free lunch and they take you in the back room and they get you laid?" Pat says, "That's right." "Have you ever been in the bar?" And he says, "No, but me sister has."
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What he said.
Poignant & funny - a great performance.
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Cool Hand Luke was my favorite PN movie.

They were all good, however.

Thanks Paul,

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I forgot about this one until I read his obituary today in the Chicago Tribune (PAUL NEWMAN DEATH: Paul Newman dead at 83 -- chicagotribune.com in case anyone's interested):

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I forgot about this one until I read his obituary today in the Chicago Tribune (PAUL NEWMAN DEATH: Paul Newman dead at 83 -- chicagotribune.com in case anyone's interested):

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1. Cool Hand Luke
2. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Deciding was a close call, probably should have called it a tie..
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I adored Paul Newman. When I heard his voice and saw his eyes...it didn't matter which movie he was in...I loved them all.
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I adored Paul Newman. When I heard his voice and saw his eyes...it didn't matter which movie he was in...I loved them all.
Supposedly a quote of his:
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"PAUL NEWMAN: ONCE A GREAT ACTOR UNTIL ONE DAY HIS EYES TURNED BROWN."
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