Paul Newman, a great Hollywood leading man, a Democrat, along with his wife Joanne Woodward and fellow artists like his old friend of Gore Vidal a progressive and a champion for free speech, a philanthropist and a humanitarian (his Newman's Own product line has given over $200,000,000 to charities since he founded the brand in the 1980s), has died at the age of 83.
We are such spendthrifts with our lives. The trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out. - Paul Newman
Paul Newman (born 1925) and Joanne Woodward (born 1930) were photographed here, soon after their marriage in 1958, with an unidentified little dog, obviously a treasured pet. Woodward, an intelligent and gifted actress, had a love of horses and dogs, and the previous year the couple had given their friends Gore Vidal and Howard Austen a pair of cocker spaniels they called Blanche and Billy. All four were working in Hollywood at the time, and they took a house together in Malibu Beach, where their dogs would disappear for the day, collected in the morning by a beagle who trotted down on his own from the north of the colony. The dogs would return at dusk, exhausted.
More than the films, more than the awards — finding out that I was on Nixon's Enemies List meant that I was doing something right. Nixon didn't like my campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy. But then again, he didn't much care for debate, dissent, or the Constitution either. I was proud to stand with Democrats against an imperial president back then. And I am proud now to stand with a new generation of Democrats against a president who poses what I believe to be the biggest internal threat to American democracy in my lifetime. - Paul Newman