Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul Newman: A True Gentleman

I was saddened to learn of the death of actor Paul Newman. He passed away yesterday at his farmhouse near Westport, Connecticut.

Newman was not only a great actor, he was one of the most handsome men I have ever seen. I first saw him on the big screen in The Long, Hot Summer, and when I glimpsed those bright blue eyes, I felt I just might melt and run down into the sticky, Coke-spilled crevices of the unpadded seat at Milwain's.
Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, co-starred with him in the Tennessee Williams classic, and although she was a great actress and had already received an academy award for The Three Faces of Eve, I couldn't understand why he married her.

"She's not pretty enough for him," I told Patsy, "He should've married someone beautiful."
Patsy agreed, "Like Elizabeth Taylor. She'd be perfect for him."
When we saw Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, I agreed.
But as it turned out, Joanne was the perfect match. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in January of this year.
When asked the secret to their long marriage, Joanne said, "Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who is considerate and romantic, who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat."
And Newman's response to Playboy magazine when asked if he were ever tempted to stray? "I have steak at home," he said, "Why go out for hamburger?"
Now that, I think, is just about the nicest thing a man could say about his wife. He was a true gentleman.
My heart goes out to the Newman family during this sad and difficult time. He will be missed.

1 comment:

Rhonda said...

Paul Newman is a gentleman isn't he--I wish my hubby would say that about me! He (Paul) had the most gorgeous blue eyes I've ever seen.

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