Quotes about Paul Newman

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September 27, 2008 6:05:15 PM PDT
Below is a statement from Paul Newman's daughters regarding the family's loss:"Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles. But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee.

Devoted husband.

Loving father.

Adoring grandfather.

Dedicated philanthropist.

Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity.

Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune. In his own words: "It's been a privilege to be here."

He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon.

During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family."

OTHER QUOTES:

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"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

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"Yes, his eyes were that blue and beautiful. I had the most memorable time singing and dancing with Paul in the musical version of "Our Town" on live television with Frank Sinatra. I also have very sweet recollections of filming "Exodus" with him in Israel and spending time off-screen with his beloved Joanne and our respective families. His legacy as a humanitarian for children around the world is unmatchable. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Joanne and the family." - Eva Marie Saint

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"He was my hero." - Julia Roberts

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"What makes the passing of Paul Newman so excruciating for me is that I have lost one of the best friends I ever had. I have truly dreaded this day.

You see, I simply loved that man. And today I am thinking about him and savoring every moment I was with him, every conversation we had on the phone, every dime I ever lost to him in a bet. I could laugh out loud thinking about things we did together over the last 25 years, but it's agonizing at the same time. Paul was someone I always wanted to be around and I'm going to miss him every day that I have left in my life.

Assessing his legacy is easy...He lived the life of three men. An incredibly full life. And he can never be replaced in any possible way." - Mario Andretti

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"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

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"Paul was a great friend and role model for over 30 years. His beautiful spirit touched millions of people around the world. His work with countless charities and his creation of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps is inspiring and a lasting legacy. We send the family our deepest condolences, especially Joanne who Paul loved so much." - Bob and Harvey Weinstein

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"Our agency mourns the death of Paul Newman, and it was our privilege to represent him for many years. His award-winning film career brilliantly co-existed with a lifetime commitment to social justice and philanthropy. He once told me that Newman's Own was one of his most gratifying achievements. He elevated the role of concerned citizen: from civil rights and nuclear disarmament to the Hole-in-the-Wall-Camps and many other benefactors of Newman's Own Foundation. Our sympathy goes to Joanne Woodward, his wife of 50 years and his five daughters, two grandchildren and brother. Paul will be remembered by his wide circle of friends for his loyalty, his sly humor, and his unbelievable modesty." - Jeff Berg, Chairman and CEO, International Creative Management

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"The world has lost an angel. Philanthropist, humanitarian, a man of compassion, conviction and courage, an intelligence born of curiosity, an open mind, a beautiful heart, and a wicked sense of humor. He was always a hero of mine both as an actor and as a man and it was an honor to have known his wonderful spirit, to act with him, to laugh with him, and to sit in the passenger seat while he drove 100 mph with mischief in his eyes." - Tim Robbins

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"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 home grown tomato, championship badminton and chamber music. He will be missed." - Susan Sarandon

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"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


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