Paul Leonard Newman

Paul Leonard Newman – (1925-2008)

Actor-Director-Producer-Writer-American-Humanitarian-Philanthropist

“The George Westmore Research Library & Museum mourns the passing of our friend and donor.  Our deepest condolences to Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward, Arthur Newman Jr. and the Newman Family.  Paul was a man of our times, he touched the world with his kindness, generosity and love.  We are all better because of his inspiration and leadership.” (quote – D.D.W., GWRL&M)

With writer A.E. Hotchner, Newman founded Newman’s Own, a line of food products, in 1982.  The brand started with salad dressing, and has expanded to include pasta sauce, lemonade, popcorn, salsa, and wine, among other things. Newman established a policy that all proceeds from the sale of Newman’s Own products, after taxes, would be donated to charity.  As of early 2006, the franchise has resulted in excess of $200 million in donations.  He co-wrote a memoir about the subject with Hotchner, Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good.  Among other awards, Newman’s Own co-sponsors the PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award, a $25,000 reward designed to recognize those who protect the First Amendment as it applies to the written word.

One beneficiary of his philanthropy is the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a residential summer camp for seriously ill children, which is located in Ashford, Connecticut.  Newman co-founded the camp in 1988; it was named after the gang in his film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).  Newman’s college fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, adopted “Hole in the Wall” as their “national philanthropy” in 1995.  One camp has expanded to become several Hole in the Wall Camps in the U.S., Ireland, France and Israel.  The camp serves 13,000 children every year, free of charge.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

An actor, film director, entrepreneur, race car driver, racing team owner and humanitarian, Newman won numerous awards, including three Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and an Emmy Award.  He was also the founder of Newman’s Own, a Westport-based food company which has donated more than $250 million in profits and royalties to charity.

Paul Leonard Newman was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, son of Arthur S. (a sporting goods store owner) and Theresa (maiden name, Fetzer) Newman.

He married actress Jacqueline Witte in December 1949, and they were divorced in 1957.  He married Joanne Woodward, also an actress, on Jan. 29, 1958.

His children by his first marriage were Scott (deceased), Susan, and Stephanie.  His children from his second marriage were Elinor “Nell” Theresa, Melissa “Lissy” Steward, and Claire “Clea” Olivia.

In a statement, the Newman daughters said:

“Paul Newman played many unforgettable roles.  But the ones for which he was proudest never had top billing on the marquee.

“Devoted husband. Loving father.  Adoring grandfather. Dedicated philanthropist.

“Our father was a rare symbol of selfless humility, the last to acknowledge what he was doing was special. Intensely private, he quietly succeeded beyond measure in impacting the lives of so many with his generosity.

“Always and to the end, Dad was incredibly grateful for his good fortune.  In his own words: ‘It’s been a privilege to be here.’

“He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves us with extraordinary inspiration to draw upon.

“During this difficult time, we ask for privacy for our family.”

In a 1997 book about Newman, biographer Lawrence J. Quirk quoted the actor as saying:

“I’d like to be remembered as a guy who tried – tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being.  Someone who isn’t complacent, who doesn’t cop out.”

When Barbara Walters once asked him what he wanted his epitaph to be, he replied, “That I was part of our times.”

Link to Hole In The Wall

Link to Hole In The Wall Gang Camp

Westmore Awards Announced

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George Westmore Awards Announced

George Westmore Award
George Westmore Award

The George Westmore Research Library & Museum, revives the annual “George Westmore Lifetime Achievement Award” and announces the creation of a George Westmore, “Award of Excellence” to be an industry wide celebration of excellence in makeup and hair design.

Recipients of the awards were announced at a press conference on Monday, June 23, 2008, at the George Westmore Research Library & Museum in Burbank, California.

Certificates as well as statues were handed out before the press and representatives of the media.

Monty G. Westmore received a standing ovation when he accepted the first George Westmore Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards in 2001. Since the time Monty received his award the Makeup Guild has not focused on recognizing it’s members achievements.

Museum President, commented about the increased responsibility, “We felt that this was the proper thing to do. It is important to promote outstanding excellence and individual contributions in Makeup & Hair Design. This not only promotes professional excellence but inspires the younger members of our profession.” He said, “This is very exciting and we intend to expand the awards each year.” “We have received a great deal of positive input and support from within and outside the industry.”

Certificate
Certificate

The awards recognize individual, excellence in Motion Picture, Television, Theatrical Stage, Live Performances, Opera, Print Publication and Advertising, which includes a Lifetime Achievement Award.

A few of the 2008 recipients include:

On Makeup Magazine, Michael DeVellis

Vincent “J-R” Kehoe

Mr. Tony Tanaka

Mr. Tony Tanaka
Mr. Tony Tanaka

Additional information about the award and a list of current recipients can be obtained by e-mail request at: info@WestmoreMuseum.com

Westmore Star

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Hollywood, CA.- Legendary Makeup men, The Westmores of Hollywood received their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The former honorary Hollywood Mayor, and Walk of Fame Chairman, Johnny Grant, described this honor as “earned recognition for a combination of professional achievement and community involvement.” Westmores of Hollywood Receive Star celebration was on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1645 Vine Street – West side of the Street just below Hollywood Blvd., (Friday) October 3, 2008, (Star # 2,370th)

Pioneers of their industry, Johnny pointed out that – “…Westmores not only created, but defined the role of makeup artists in Motion Pictures.” Wigmaker, George Westmore made history when he opened the very first makeup department in 1917 at Selig Polyscope Studios. George’s oldest sons, Monte, Ern, Perc, and Wally went on to open their own makeup departments at Warner Brothers, RKO, Fox and Paramount. By the 1930s nearly every motion picture studio employed a Westmore heading up their makeup department.

In 1935, the Westmore brothers teamed up to open the most opulent salon of its time, gllamour mecca; The House of Westmore on 6638 Sunset Strip. Bud Westmore ran the makeup department at Universal for 24 years where he helped create the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Youngest son, Frank was a freelance makeup artist and worked with Cecil B. DeMille on The Ten Commandments and wrote a family biography appropriately titled, The Westmores of Hollywood.

The third generation Westmore’s brothers, Monty Jr., Marvin, and Michael have all made their own significant mark in Hollywood. Monty Jr. was personal makeup artist to Paul Newman and Joan Crawford (Monty passed in 2007). Marvin created the fashion forward makeup for the epic film, Blade Runner,past president of the Makeup & Hair Stylist Guild #706, Founder of The Westmore Academy and the George Westmore Research Library & Museum and Michael was behind alien creations on the Star Trek series and won an Oscar for his work on Mask. The fourth generation Kandace, Kevin and Pam are also making contributions on television and in the movies.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California that serves as an entertainment hall of fame. It is embedded with more than 2,369 five-pointed stars featuring the names of not only human celebrities but fictional characters honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry. The Walk of Fame is maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. The first star, awarded on February 9, 1960, went to Joanne Woodward.

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