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06.11.08, 10:24 AM
Movie star Paul Newman has quietly turned over the entire value of his ownership in Newman’s Own — the company that makes salad dressing and cookies — to charity.

Completed over a two-year period in 2005 and 2006, the amount of his donations to Newman’s Own Foundation Inc. comes to an astounding $120 million.

This is unprecedented for any movie star or anyone from what we call Hollywood. Of course Newman and actress wife Joanne Woodward have never been Hollywood types. They’ve lived their lives quietly in Westport, Conn., for the last 50 years.

This column learned about this extraordinary gift as news started coming out recently about Newman’s battle with lung cancer. This is not news to my readers. I told you several months ago that Newman — who has five grown daughters — was seeing an oncologist, that he’d been in and out of Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital on many visits from Westport. Like everything else, the Newmans tried to keep Paul’s illness a private matter.

But a tip-off that he was maybe not doing so well came in late May. Newman announced that he would not direct a production of “Of Mice and Men” later this summer at the Westport Country Playhouse, where Woodward is the artistic director.

News of his illness seems to have been exacerbated by none other than neighbor Martha Stewart. She recently published pictures of Paul on her Web site from a party she hosted. He looks gaunt but nevertheless smiling his trademark smile. Nothing will set him back. This racecar driver and adventurer should not be written off as “dying.”

“He’s a fighter,” one of his close friends told me Tuesday morning. “And he’s going to keep fighting.”

In the meantime, I also told you last August that in Botswana, the Newman name is known not for being a movie star. It’s known for his famous Hole in the Wall Gang camps. The camps go to Africa every summer to run programs for impoverished and ill children. It’s the same program they run in dozens of similar camps all over the United States.

The Hole in the Wall camps are just a few of the places the hundreds of millions of dollars have gone that Newman has raised since he got the idea to bottle salad dressing for charity.

According to Newman’s Own federal tax filing for 2006, the actor personally gave away $8,746,500 to a variety of groups that support children, hurricane relief in the Gulf Coast, education and the arts.

Some of Newman’s recipients are well-known: He gave Rosie O’Donnell’s children's program $5,000 and even donated $25,000 to his pal Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. But most of them are for the kinds of programs that we never hear about, the kind that simply keep people alive.

But don’t think that Newman — who received his Kennedy Center honor in 1992 and deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom — did this because he suddenly thought he was dying. When he set up the new foundation, he hadn’t yet been diagnosed with lung cancer. It was just in honor of his 80th birthday, and an acknowledgment that he wanted to make sure his charities would continue receiving his largesse.


06.11.08, 10:28 AM
Damn. He could of turned some of that over to the United Charity of ZeoBandit......

Daisy Hill
06.11.08, 11:21 AM
maybe he could scootch a little over to Ed McMahon too.

High OOOOOOOO I'm broke! 85 years old, a successful career and the man is BROKE ASS.

High OOOOOOOOOOO, Wal Mart Shopper, I'm Ed, your greeter!

06.11.08, 11:43 AM
The guy is a class act, for certain.

06.11.08, 04:07 PM

06.11.08, 04:11 PM

nice sucka, bad ass pic too - another son of the buckeye state (like yours truly).
Gotta respect all he's done on and especially off-screen :thumb:

06.11.08, 04:17 PM
This game isn't like football, nobody pays you for yardage ~ The Hustler


06.12.08, 01:50 AM
I admired because of his acting ability (see "Somebody up there likes me)

I respected him because of his refusal to play the fame game.

Not sure what the word is for the contributions he has quietly made to better the world.

They do NOT make them like this anymore.

06.12.08, 03:24 AM
His sauce kicks ass too! Newman's own is outstanding.