RIP Paul Newman

paul newman dancing with johanne woodward in 1958

I do not usually talk about entertainment news but I liked Paul Newman. I want to pay him a tribute.

I was raised in a small town called Trois-Rivières. We host a popular racing event for the Formula Altantic Championship. It the series Gilles Villeneuve won before graduating to Formula 1.

One year, my aunt visited the racing site and she had the chance to see Paul Newman in person. He must have been in his late fifties at the time. He was still an incredibly handsome man. I went to the race the next day but I was not as lucky.

I will not do a recap of his career or his life. I leave it to the traditional media. But I found on CBC Sports this quote that is so apropos with my blog:

“I like racing, but food and motion pictures are more thrilling,” he told the Guardian newspaper in 2001. In racing, you can be certain, to the last thousandth of a second, that someone is the best, but with a film or a recipe, there is no way of knowing how all the ingredients will work out in the end.

I like this picture of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward with whom Paul was married for 50 years. A long-lasting love relationship is something we should try to replicate. On a personal note, my desire to get old with my loving and beloved husband explained why I married him. I am glad I did. Rest in peace Paul.

+ CBC Sports
+ Image from Everett Collection as seen on New York Times – rights reserved

  • Glen Farrelly
    September 28, 2008 at 01:26

    Hi Kim:

    Nice blog post.

    While most celebrities aren’t exactly role models Paul Newman was really different. We ate his salad dressing tonight (which we love and always have on hand, BTW) and it’s nice to think it (and his other foods) raised millions and millions for charity. Not many people are so willing to give so much, and be so low key about it.

    And 50 years of married life – in Hollywood marriage years that’s a gazillion million years!!!

  • Francois
    September 28, 2008 at 07:43

    C’est vrai qu’il a toujours représenté ce qu’il y a de meilleur. Que ce soit en cuisine, en course ou sur grand ecran.

    Il va nous manqué, c’est sur.

  • Josyan
    September 28, 2008 at 13:27

    A beautiful tribute for a beautiful man.

  • Renee
    September 28, 2008 at 15:28

    Beautiful tribute Kim.
    For sure we’ll miss him – what a wonderful man…