Friday, October 3, 2008

In Memory of Paul Newman

The Broadway League in a statement about Paul Newman said "The Broadway community mourns the loss of Paul Newman, the universally admired stage and screen actor, director, and philanthropist."

In tribute, all of the Broadway theatre marquee lights will be dimmed at 8:00 p.m. (EST) tonight for a few minutes.

Paul Newman was born on January 25, 1925 in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, OH. He actually made his Broadway acting debut back in 1953, starring in the production of "Picnic," and spent many years acting on Broadway. His wife, Joanne Woodward, also appeared in “Picnic.” That is where they first met and fell in love. They married in 1958, over 50 years ago, and had three daughters.

Paul Newman has an impressive resume, graduating from Yale and making his mark in Hollyood, as well as driving the track. More recently, in 2003 he was nominated for a Tony award for his role in the Broadway production of "Our Town."

Being a Robert Benchley Society member, I especially enjoyed the Newmans together in the 1990 film “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge.” Joanne Woodward won an Academy Award nomination for the film, which depicted upper-class society life during the 1930s and 40s.

Paul Newman will be sadly missed by yours truly.

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