Newman Wanted Charitable Legacy

Actor hoped camps, Newman's Own line would outlast him
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 29, 2008 11:22 AM CDT
Newman Wanted Charitable Legacy
Paul Newman, seen in a 1978 file photo, died Friday of cancer at age 83.   (AP Photo)

Paul Newman broached the subject of his philanthropic legacy several years ago while fishing with friends in North Carolina. Even though he was a Hollywood icon, it was a rare moment in which Newman reflected on how he would be remembered after his death, one of his buddies recalled yesterday. "Most of the time he didn't think about legacy," he said. "He was pretty much in the moment."

But Newman, who died Friday of cancer at age 83, told the men he wanted to be remembered for the "Hole in the Wall" camps he helped to start across the world for children with life-threatening illnesses and to make sure that 100% of the profits from his popular food company, Newman's Own, would continue to benefit such camps and thousands of other charities. (More Paul Newman stories.)

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