Saturday, September 27, 2008

RIP Paul Newman

I once dated a guy who "took himself too seriously." I was in lurve, so didn't realize what a total killjoy he was until after he unceremoniously dumped me (yes, even the Super Librarian has been dumped). Looking back on it now, I feel the need to thank him for being a jackass and dumping me cuz man, did I dodge a bullet with that one.

Reflecting on that relationship, I realized that I have no tolerance for men who think they're "all that." A sense of humor has always been vital for me, but it's those guys who can laugh at themselves that really slay me. It shows me that they're comfortable in their own skin and acknowledge their foibles. I find that sexy as hell.

Which makes Paul Newman just about the most perfect romantic hero in my mind. This guy allowed his face to be put on bottles of salad dressing. Can you see someone like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt or George Clooney doing something like that? Um yeah, no. Newman did it for charity, and I also think he did it for a lark. This was a man who was never really comfortable with "celebrity." He loved acting, but all the other "stuff" that goes with the job? Yeah, not so much.

I've loved many of his movies, but it was Paul Newman away from Hollywood that got me every single time. Living in Connecticut, doing theater, married for 50 years, and starting a "little" food company for charity that turned into a multi-million dollar business. Yes, he was old enough to be my grandfather, but I so would have hit that. Just sayin'. A moot point since the man had Joanne Woodward at home. The Super Librarian knows her limits.

You'll have to excuse me if I think the world got a little less interesting today.


Bev(QB) said...

OH NO! I hadn't heard this news yet.

"the man had Joanne Woodward at home."

In addition to everything else you've listed, to me, their long-term marriage is one of the main reasons that this "Which makes Paul Newman just about the most perfect romantic hero in my mind." is also very true.

Cathy in AK said...

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were the epitome of class as well as romantic love.

Mel Hiers said...

"I find that sexy as hell."

I am right there with you!

The AP story on Yahoo quoted him: "I think that my sense of humor is the only thing that keeps me sane," he told Newsweek magazine in a 1994 interview."

Thought that was appropriate. :-)

azteclady said...

I agree on all points.

Godspeed, Mr Newman.

JamiSings said...

Well, Cruise is insane and Brad Pitt has some of the poorest personal hygeine in Hollywood - Mathew Mc-what'shisface also being in that catagory. So I'd be afraid to eat anything with their face on it. And Clooney is just icky.

But you're right, Paul Newman was the man. He also has a line of dog treats.

Nikki said...

Everything you said about Paul Newman was totally right on. I can't add anything else about him. To make your heart lighter, I want to tell you about an episode of "Ace of Cakes" that I saw on the FoodNetwork. It was for a librarian gathering. The guy who made it made a wooden bookcase on wheels (like the kind we had with encyclopedias on them) with 2 shelves, about 24-28 inches wide. The "books" were the cakes--I saw Little Women and Catcher in the Rye. Those are the only ones I remember. And then there was a little librarian made of sugar sitting on the top. Of course she had on a skirt and blouse and wore glasses and she was sitting with her little legs crossed. Precious. I immediately thought of you.

Lil Sis said...

I lurve his Caesar dressing - seriously, it's in my fridge right now. I buy his dressing and pasta sauces for the cause. :)

Oh, best Newman quote I ever read, "why mess around with ground beef when I've got steak at home." Ok, yeah, he referred to his wife as meat but still...gotta love a man that realizes what he's got! :)