Remembering Paul Newman

Studio City, CA - All of us at are deeply saddened by the loss of Paul Newman (January 26, 1925 ­ September 26, 2008). His passing took from the world a talented actor, a visionary entrepreneur, a generous spirit, a loving family man, and a dear friend.

Carole King had her first professional encounter with Newman when she wrote and recorded the title song for the 1972 film, "Pocket Money," starring Paul Newman and Lee Marvin, written by John Gay and Terrence Malick from the novel, Jim Kane, by J.P.S. Brown, and directed by Stuart Rosenberg.

In 1988, Newman founded the first Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a residential summer camp specifically designed to serve children with serious illnesses. Over the past twenty years, the original camp in Ashford, Connecticut, has expanded to become several camps in the US, Ireland, France and Israel. The camps currently serve 13,000 children every year, at no cost to them or their families.

Nearly every year the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford has hosted a star-studded Gala, which includes performances from the campers and some of Newman's friends with famous names and kind hearts. Carole has been a frequent performer at these events. "I never hesitated to accept the invitation," says Carole. "It was an honor to be asked. I learned so much about life and performing from the campers. And Newman was so generous in putting himself in whatever ridiculous situation had been written for him that year by his friend, A.E. Hotchner. The Galas raised money, made the children laugh and helped them feel comfortable with the celebrities, each other, and most important of all, with themselves. I don't think I will ever be able to fully convey how blessed I feel to have taken part in those shows." Photos from these Galas can be found in our Gallery page.

When asked to comment about Newman, Carole said, "The world is a better place because of Paul Newman. He has left us an incredible legacy on film and in life. May the memory of this good man continue to inspire all of us."

We at send our love, prayers, and sympathy to everyone who has been touched and inspired by Paul Newman. We send deepest condolences to his friends and family, especially to his wife, Joanne Woodward, and to Newman's friend (and Carole's), A.E. Hotchner. Rest in peace.