Tuesday, September 30, 2008

You're a good man, Paul Newman

“We are such spendthrifts with our lives,” Mr. Newman once told a reporter. “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.” [Aljean Harmetz/The NYTimes]

PLUS: More tributes--“Our most wide-open movie star was also our deepest and most unfathomable” (David Edelstein/CBS); “He made the swagger look natural” (Christy Lemire/AP); “That pure and concentrated essence of classic movie stardom” (Carina Chocano/Los Angeles Times); “Better than the myth” (Brad Listi/The Huffington Post); “A man ridiculously handsome, pent up, smarter than he lets on” (Clint O'Connor/Cleveland Plain Dealer); “A reluctant star?” (Richard T. Jameson/MSN); “One of the last public figures to lead an exemplary life” (Richard Corliss/Time); “You'd do anything for the guy” (Dana Stevens/Slate); “Such grace will be sorely missed” (David Ansen/Newsweek); “Thank you, Paul Newman, for the movies” (Jennifer Godwin/E! Online). More remembrances from Kenneth Tynan, Shirley MacLaine, A.E. Hotchner, Marsha Mason, Tim Rice, Robert Stone, Paul Mazursky, et al.

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