Saturday, 27 September 2008

Butch Cassidy R.I.P.

paul newman

Just heard that Paul Newman has died. I will always think of him primarily in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [made in 1969] but his film career lasted from 1952 to 2006. He was married to Joanne Woodward for over 50 years.

I think his greatest achievement was the Salad Dressings though - they started as a joke, but have now raised over $250million for charity, salad dressing helping sick and disadvantaged children. His company motto was "Shameless Exploitation in the Pursuit of the Common Good"

Twenty years ago, Newman created the Hole in the Wall holiday camps for children with life-threatening conditions. More than 135,000 children have attended the camps.

paul newman2 The Vice chairman of the Newman Charitable Foundation has just said "Paul took advantage of what life offered him, and while personally reluctant to acknowledge that he was doing anything special, he forever changed the lives of many with his generosity, humour and humanness. His legacy lives on in the charities he supported and the Hole in the Wall camps, for which he cared so much. We will miss our friend Paul Newman, but are lucky ourselves to have known such a remarkable person."

He made some good films, and used the money he made to help others. And he had amazing blue eyes!

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