Paul Newman has finished chemotherapy and has told his family he wants to die at home.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.
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.
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.