Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman - You Will Be Missed

I want to take a moment now to remember a true hollywood legend, and arguably one of our great actors of all time, if not the best - Paul Newman. Paul, you will be missed and you were a great man. I hope you can make everyone up there smile just like you made us smile! My heart and prayers go out to his family, and especially his wife, Joanne Woodward. Rest in peace Paul.

"[I] loved that man with all my heart. He was goodness and kindness and pure integrity. I know he loved his family, his wife, the world and mankind. He was purity of heart. Working with him was such a joy. Knowing him, being his friend, was as golden as the sunset and a privilege I'll never forget. I thank God and feel so honored for that privilege. May he be in God's embrace forever." -- Elizabeth Taylor

"There is a point where feelings go beyond words. I have lost a real friend. My life -- and this country -- is better for his being in it." -- Robert Redford

"It's a great loss, in so many ways. The history of movies without Paul Newman? It's unthinkable. His presence, his beauty, his physical eloquence, the emotional complexity he could conjure up and transmit through his acting in so many movies -- where would we be without him? 'In From the Terrace' or 'The Hustler' or 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' or 'The Verdict' or 'Nobody's Fool,' to name just a few pictures that come to mind, he's more than just iconic. In those movies and in many, many others, he created characters that are lasting and durable. His powerful eloquence, his consummate sense of craft, so consummate that you didn't see any sense of effort up there on the screen, set a new standard. My own experience working with him on 'The Color of Money' was a joy, and my memories of our time together are precious. But in addition to being a great actor, one of the greatest really, he was also such a fine, caring man. I will miss him greatly." -- Martin Scorsese

"He set the bar too high for the rest of us -- not just actors, but all of us. He will be greatly missed." -- George Clooney

"I was blessed to have known him. The world is better because of him. Sometimes God makes perfect people and Paul Newman was one of them." -- Sally Field

"He was my hero." -- Julia Roberts

"His was an important life lived in ways that exemplified what good, caring human values look like in a truly decent human being. In his life and in his work, he was a giver -- and never a taker." -- Sidney Poitier

"Paul Newman was a class act; smart, sexy, generous and kind. He was committed equally to justice and pranks. He was something you don't hear mentioned often these days; a good man. He taught me to appreciate the homegrown tomato, championship badminton and chamber music. He will be missed." -- Susan Sarandon

"Paul was a very fine actor and a really good race driver. But mostly, he personified humanity - always taking care of those who were less fortunate. For me, this will be his legacy." -- David Letterman

"Just look out for each other. That's really what he was all about. He was awesome to the end, and he is an awesome guy and his spirit will be with us forever and ever and ever." -- Lizzy Newman, Paul's daughter.

"Actor, author, screenwriter, director, producer and philanthropist, he was also a great friend of France and fans of motor racing will remember his successive appearances at the Le Mans 24-hour race." - President Nicolas Sarkozy of France

"[His death is] a blow. When such important personalities die, one despairs and thinks that, little by little, all the greats are disappearing." -- Sophia Loren

"He was one of the greatest screen actors of all time and a beautiful man." - Daniel Craig

"[Paul was a] dear human being. He busied himself with the professional rather than with PR. His main motto was, 'If you do not exploit your success in order to improve things in the world, then you are really wasting it'." - Haim Topol

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