9/26/08: Paul Newman RIP

Photo credit: Fotos International/Getty Images/NewsComJan’s List of Favorite Newman/Woodward Films

     The world lost a truly great man on September 26th.  Like me, you are no doubt reading many eulogies this week about a great actor & humanitarian, as well as a devoted friend & family man.  But I’d like to remind you here of his astounding FIFTY YEAR artistic collaboration with wife Joanne Woodward, the woman he married on January 29, 1958 right after they filmed their first major film together: The Long Hot Summer.  It’s true that not all their films are classics.  From the Terrace (1960), A New Kind of Love (1963), & Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! (1958) are definitely “period pieces,” & while I know I saw WUSA (1970) ages ago, I frankly can’t remember anything about it.  But Summer, Mrs. & Mrs. Bridge, Paris Blues & Winning will all definitely stand the test of time.  Furthermore, Newman directed Woodward in several extraordinary films once she hit middle age, & it’s hard to imagine that these fine films would ever have been made without his star power as collateral.  So rest in peace, Paul.  Everyone down here likes you, & someone up there probably does too!

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