"I believe I first met Paul Newman on the set of his 1981 film, Absence of Malice, which was directed by Sydney Pollack. I worked with Pollack before, on his last two films, The Electric Horseman and Bobby Deerfield. Probably, the follow-up feature was for The Sunday Times Magazine, and I was asked to take photos of Newman at home. So I went to his beautiful house in Connecticut.
From screen to the race track, philanthropy to business ownership, Paul Newman stood the test of time throughout his long award-winning life and career. Apart from being one of the greatest actors of his generation, one of a handful ever nominated for the Academy award across five decades, his food company, Newman’s Own, has earned his charity well over $400 million dollars since its inception.
As a sportsman, he raced cars for the Sports Car Club of America, and his fifty-year marriage to actress Joanne Woodward made them a formidable acting couple, starring together in The Long, Hot Summer and Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, amongst others. It was an enjoyable shoot. Very relaxed and friendly. He had such a wonderful life in Connecticut, a place where he, Joanne Woodward and their children lived, far away from Hollywood.
I think that was his real secret – he chose to come and go as he pleased, away from the cameras. But for that lovely day, he let me in."
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