Screen legend Paul Newman has died at age 83 with his family by his side at his Connecticut home
Wheelchair-bound and shockingly thin in recent weeks, Newman told beloved wife Joanne Woodward he didn’t want to die in a hospital, sources tell The ENQUIRER exclusively.
Joanne and his daughters were by his side at their home in Westport, Conn. when he died Friday.
In February, The ENQUIRER was the first media outlet to report that Newman was waging a desperate battle against cancer and had undergone secret surgery. Months later, we revealed his struggle was complicated by a bone marrow treatment he’d begun for a type of leukemia.
In our current print edition, we report Newman bowed out of a Sept. 15 charity event for Joanne’s Westport Country Playhouse because he was too sick to attend.
Hollywood pals who attended the event, including Julia Roberts and Angela Lansbury, were disappointed, having hoped to see the great actor for the last time.
Paul was the method acting King of Cool — an outspoken activist, race car enthusiast, and charitable culinary founder. Newman was Oscar nominated more than ten times, winning for The Color of Money and accepting two honorary ones.
He and Joanne Woodward’s marriage was a Hollywood rarity – long term. The two often collaborated together and Paul directed Joanne in several films including The Glass Menagerie and Rachel Rachel.
When Playboy magazine asked if he was ever tempted to stray, Paul replied, "I have steak at home, why go out for hamburger?"
In 2007 after voicing the role of Doc in Pixar’s animated Cars, Newman announced his retirement from acting,
"I’m not able to work anymore as an actor at the level I would want to," he told Good Morning America. "You start to lose your memory, your confidence, and your invention. So that’s pretty much a closed book for me."
In his final months, Paul did what he enjoyed most – travelling the country to visit tracks, race and hang with close pals.
"Racing is the best way I know to get away from all the rubbish of Hollywood," he confided in 1979.
So long Cool Hand Luke, Hud, Butch Cassidy – we’ll never see your like again – except in your movies.
Newman’s Own was a brand unto himself.