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    Mon, 29 Sep 2008 10:59:29

    Paul Newman Dies - Actor was 83, had cancer

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    Paul Newman died of cancer on Friday. The actor and philanthropist, who pioneered the now-ubiquitous Newman's Own food line, which features everything from salad dressings to pasta sauces, and was known for his anti-Hollywood lifestyle, was 83-years-old. Newman passed away at his farmhouse near Westport, Connecticut, surrounded by his friends, family, and longtime wife, actress Joanne Woodward. Newman had been battling the disease for quite some time but didn't discuss it much in the press. He canceled plants to direct a fall production of Of Mice and Men at Connecticut's Westport Country Playhouse due to his sickness. Newman was considered one of the finest actors of the last several decades, having been nominated for nearly a dozen Oscars in his lifetime.

    Despite his success as an actor, Newman remained down to earth, pursuing passions such as philanthropy and race cars. He donated all of Newman's Own proceeds to charitable endeavors.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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