Honoring the Legacy of Paul Newman on the Anniversary of His Birth

Paul Newman

If he were still alive, Paul Newman would have turned 90 years old today. As a way to honor his memory on the date of his birth, I thought I’d tell the story of how he went from being just another famous name I heard of while growing up to now being one of my favorite actors. I will also share with you a way that you can join his daughter Clea in honoring his legacy through something that Paul Newman was well known for – giving back.

Paul Newman is one of those names I heard quite often in my pre-old movie loving days but didn’t really know much about because I hadn’t seen any of his movies. Well, except for The Towering Inferno (1974) when I was very young, but I think I was too disturbed by that movie as a little girl to even give much thought as to who was in it. It’s interesting now to realize that I was watching some of my future favorites; Fred Astaire, William Holden and Paul Newman, and I had no idea they’d become a big part of my love for old movies many years down the road.

Whenever I heard the name Paul Newman, I would usually associate it with his blue eyes or maybe with Robert Redford because of the two movies they made together and their shared reputation as heartthrobs, but that was about it. Even after I became a huge fan of old movies, I didn’t watch much of his work because I preferred black and white movies from the ’30s and ’40s, and his film career did not begin until 1954. Continue reading →

Saturday State Post: Classic Movie Actors from Georgia

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve visited a new state in my actors by state series, so today I am heading to the state of Georgia to highlight a few of the well known actors from The Peach State. Unlike the last two states I covered where there were some obvious common threads among the stars, this is a very diverse and interesting group.

A few of the actors and actresses from the state of Georgia are:

Charles Coburn

Born:  June 19, 1877 in Savannah, GA

Died:  August 30, 1961 (age 84)

Married twice

Known for the Movies:  The Lady Eve, Kings Row, The More the Merrier, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Continue reading →