Newman may have been one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, but most fans knew better than to approach him for an autograph. He tried his best to avoid being hounded by crowds when he was out and about – sometimes, to no avail. Eventually, he tried some more extreme measures, like wearing a mustache. But as the actor said, someone noticed almost immediately and pointed, saying, “it’s Paul Newman in a mustache!”
When that didn’t work, he turned to his final resort; he put his foot down and said that he does not give autographs, period. He wasn’t opposed to the occasional picture, however.
Being With Family
At the time of his passing, Newman was 83 years old and living at his home in Connecticut with Joanne. He knew that the end was coming and wanted to be surrounded by the people he loved when it happened. He had given up acting the year before, though he was still working on a stage production in the state that he was directing.
Unfortunately, the illness caused him to cut it short. His friend and partner in Newman’s Own, A.E Hotchner, later revealed that the actor had been sick for about a year and a half before going public.
Paul Newman may not be here physically to grace the world with his presence – but he still is, in a way. The movies, music, plays, products, and humans that he’s created continue to live on and improve the universe a little bit more each day. Anytime any of his fans are feeling down, they will forever be able to pull up a recording of one of his best movies and relive those moments, again and again.
The actor was there to ring in an era, he stood proudly against injustice in the government and he used his voice and his influence to create good in the world. And to this day, his legacy continues.
The Heat Behind the Scenes
1958 was a big year for both Newman and Joanne Woodward. The two got married at the beginning of the year in January, to kick things off. A couple of months later, Woodward won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work on 'Three Faces of Eve.'
But then, in April, 'The Long, Hot Summer,' starring the newly married actors as an on-screen couple, hit theaters and revealed the sizzling chemistry between the two to the world. Newman went on to earn the award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his work in the movie.
Growing Up in the Midwest
Before the steely-blue-eyed actor was one of the most wanted men in America, he lived a life that was anything but glamorous. Newman grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and had a pretty comfortable childhood as the son of a Jewish businessman who owned a local sporting goods shop.
He took after his mother in the sense that she had a creative side, and started getting into acting when he was in elementary school. His love for acting continued throughout high school, but he hit a few roadblocks around the time he was in college.