Newman a Man for All Seasons
Whether racing cars, making pasta sauce, or helping sick children, acting was just one of Paul Newman's talents
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2008 1:55 PM CDT
Newman at the Champ Car auto race in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, with one of his cars.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Paul Newman was one of our most legendary actors, but his life and legacy went far beyond the movies, the New York Times writes. From his rare long-lived Hollywood marriage to Joanne Woodward (they lived in Connecticut) to his tireless philanthropy on behalf of sickly kids, Newman did more than bat his striking blue eyes. “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.”

Newman’s camps for children with cancer were funded by his lucrative culinary adventure, Newman’s Own, which the actor looked on with pride, the Washington Post reports. A letter from a fan is proudly displayed in his office, reading: “My girlfriend mentioned that you were a movie star and I would be interested to know what you have made. If you act as well as you cook, your movies should be worth watching.”