Movie veteran PAUL NEWMAN has “retired” from the OSCARS – and he has marked
the occasion by burning his tuxedo.
The actor, who was nominated for ROAD TO PERDITION earlier this year (03),
has decided he’ll never head up the red carpet again, and he has made sure
he’ll stick to his decision by setting fire to his awards show outfit – much to
of wife JOANNE WOODWARD.
The stubborn star says, “I set fire to it in the driveway and Joanne was
running around like a chicken saying, ‘You’re setting fire to the house.’
“I just figured that, at the age of 70, I had received enough awards for
all normal purposes and I was quitting.
“I don’t need it, I don’t want it. I think Joanne saved one of the tuxedos
for me to get buried in. She has to get even somehow.”
Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, humanitarian, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner and auto racing enthusiast. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards (including three honorary ones), a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing.
Newman was a co-founder of Newman’s Own, a food company from which Newman donated all post-tax profits and royalties to charity. As of June 2012, these donations exceeded $330 million.
Newman was scheduled to make his professional stage directing debut with the Westport Country Playhouse’s 2008 production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, but he stepped down on May 23, 2008, citing health issues. In June 2008, it was widely reported that Newman had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was receiving treatment at Sloan-Kettering hospital in New York City. Writer A. E. Hotchner, who partnered with Newman to start the Newman’s Own company in the 1980s, told the Associated Press that Newman told him about the disease about eighteen months prior to the interview. Newman’s spokesman told the press that the star was “doing nicely,” but neither confirmed nor denied that he had cancer. In August, after reportedly finishing chemotherapy, Newman told his family he wished to die at home.
Newman died on September 26, 2008, aged 83, surrounded by his family and close friends. His remains were cremated after a private funeral service near his home in Westport.