There's an old French expression: "An actress is more than a woman, and an actor is less than a man." No one ever thought of Paul Newman in those terms. In a way, men and women alike saw him more as an heroic athlete than a performing actor.
Sheila Oppenheimer was only a day away from giving birth, and she was worried. "I was on the fetal monitor, and I was very scared." She looked out a window and saw a blue-eyed man, Paul Newman, walking by. Then, she knew everything would be all right.
Paul Newman lived long enough, and lived well enough, to confuse anybody who'd try for a final summation. He was a cross-generational film star, his movies the last 50 years inspired by 10 Oscar-nominated parts. Everything from Hud to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Hustler to Cool Hand Luke. But, he was also a salad dressing magnate, starting up a popcorn and spaghetti company as a joke, all profits of Newman's Own going to charity. By 2007, the foundation had given out $175 million and dressed a lot of salads.
Paul Newman, the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, good-humored charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts, has died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut. He was 83.