Paul Newman, 1925–2008

 

 Of the many kind words being written and said about Paul Newman, all of them richly deserved, some of the nicest are in this piece by Slate writer Dahlia Lithwick, who worked as a counselor at one of Newman’s Hole in the Wall camps for kids with life-threatening diseases.  Key quote:

In an era in which nearly everyone feels entitled to celebrity and fortune, Newman was always suspicious of both. He used his fame to give away his fortune, and he did that from some unspoken Zen-like conviction that neither had ever really belonged to him in the first place.

Asked years ago why he founded the camps, Newman said this:

I wanted, I think, to acknowledge Luck: the chance of it, the benevolence of it in my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others; made especially savage for children because they may not be allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it.

If only more famous people left the world genuinely sad at their passing.

The full piece is here .

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