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Oh My Star Is Fading, & I See No Chance Of Relief 
9th-Aug-2008 09:38 pm
Paul Newman says he will die at home
Paul Newman has finished chemotherapy and has told his family he wants to die at home.

The Oscar-winning actor was pictured being pushed from a New York cancer hospital in a wheelchair.

Yesterday, it was reported in America that Newman, 83, had only weeks to live and had returned home to his wife, Joanne Woodward.

"Paul didn't want to die in the hospital," a source said. "Joanne and his daughters are beside themselves with grief."

The source, described as a close family friend, said that the star had spent the past few weeks getting his affairs in order.

It was claimed that some of Newman's actions had caused tension among of his children.

"He gave a prized car - a Ferrari with his racing number, 82, on it - to a long-time pal," the friend said.

"The sudden move angered his children. It's especially hard for them to come to grips with what's going on.

"The word they've been given is that he has only a few weeks to live."

Newman married Woodward in 1958 and the couple have three daughters.

It was reported last month that he had been readying their oldest child, Nell, to take over his Newman's Own salad dressings company, the profits of which are given to a charitable foundation.

He also has two daughters from his first marriage to Jackie Witte.

Newman has so far declined to comment on his condition, apart from saying he is "doing nicely".

Rumours about his health surfaced in January. Three months ago, he withdrew from directing a production of Of Mice and Men in his home town of Westport, Connecticut.
Cool Hand Luke. Sweet Bird Of Youth. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The Long, Hot Summer. These are just a few of my own personal choices, mind you. Then there's his philanthropy. $250 million dollars (after taxes), all going to charity.

This is part of the reason why I'm not mourning the loss of Bernie Mac, who as xanath reminded me, was a misogynistic asshole whose talents were lukewarm at best. He had some humorous moments. Sure, I feel for the family that grieves his loss - they're suffering and that's horrible. But let's not confuse him with someone like Paul Newman, whose career is legion and who has made such an impact on the world that he cannot ever be duplicated.

If that makes me an asshole, fine - I'm an asshole. It's not like this is some huge revelation anyway. I personally DON'T think I'm an asshole, but I have it on good authority that I do in fact have asshole tendencies. I'll take that.
10th-Aug-2008 02:22 am (UTC)
See...I told you I always learn something from you.

It is truly sad that Paul Newman is dying. I never really cared for Bernie Mac but then again, I don't wish him any ill-will, and nor do you.

I don't think it makes you an asshole, but then again, I've never seen your asshole, so I don't know what yours looks like. *EG*
10th-Aug-2008 02:32 am (UTC) - assholic tendencies

I got assholic tendencies too.
So be it.

I feel for Paul and may his passing be swift and peaceful.
As far as Bernie Mac, I must admit that I don't know who he is.

So if you don't like him, that is fine with me.
10th-Aug-2008 03:06 am (UTC)
I watched Exodus just a month or so ago and he was great in that one. He is one of my alltime favorites also.
10th-Aug-2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Wow. I wish he and his family peace.

As for Bernie Mac, I know who he is vaguely, but I was incredibly confused to hear him called "the comedy king" by a CNN newscaster this morning. I mean...really? Peace to his family, but not by making stuff up. :/
10th-Aug-2008 06:17 am (UTC)
He was part of a group of four black comics who did a tour and made a movie called "The Kings of Comedy" - I'm sure that's where the title comes from.
10th-Aug-2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Well, that would make slightly more sense, although they certainly didn't reference it like that during the news. It makes me feel better, though. :)
10th-Aug-2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Nah you're not an asshole. Just honest to the point of pain sometimes. But you're HONEST. And that's what counts.
10th-Aug-2008 06:17 am (UTC)
No, Butch - YOU keep talking. Throughout cinematic history. :-(
10th-Aug-2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Death sucks no matter who it steals from us.

I do feel more sympathy towards Newman though. But that's because I know what he's going through since I, too, am going through cancer ... again.

True fact: I could watch Cool Hand Luke and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof repeatedly and never tire of either.

As to being an asshole, that's just part of your charm. :) *Hugs*
10th-Aug-2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on Bernie Mac. When I heard that Issac Hayes died, I didn't care as much as I would have if he hadn't become a wackadoo Scientologist.

I swear, Morgan Freeman dodged a Bullet this week. It's like Mac and Hayes were trying to die in the same week but he outlived them.
11th-Aug-2008 01:14 am (UTC)
You're not an asshole at all. I feel the same way. First time I saw Bernie Mac was during a televised stand-up routine, where he referred to his young step son as a "faggot." That's just not comedy, IMHO.
14th-Aug-2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Just stopped in to say hi my dear friend! I miss reading your journal, miss you!

Paul Newman's illness really hit me hard because he is one of my favorite actors. Even though he is up there in age I just hate seeing our real "heroes and legends" dying off. The term is used so loosely these days. So to lose of of the real greats is always hard. When he does go we will mourn a great man,philanthropist, and one hell of an actor!

Just to update you on things here we almost lost Jillian Sunday night. She went into anaphylactic shock with severe hives, but what caused it, we do not know. We think maybe mold from the leaking door and roof in the room but won't know until tests are done.

She went to the hospital and was given a lot of drugs including 2 shots of Bendadryl in the ambulance, epinephrine, and Prednisone among other things at the hospital. They said since we are going to Mayo Clinic in 10 days they would let them do the testing to see what caused it. Until then we wait and hope it doesn't happen again.

Death seems to be all around. We dodged a bullet Sunday night, and right now I'm one very concerned Mum!

I think of you often, so you take care now OK?

"Sapphsmum" Christina
14th-Aug-2008 03:07 am (UTC)
WONDERFUL to hear from you, dearling! I am shocked to hear about Jillian, please let me know what comes about from this.

I am keeping you in my thoughts as well (I was looking at our Xmas ornaments the other day!!), and we're doing fine!
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