Paul Newmans daughter says he should be remembered for charity work not films

September 29th, 2008 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI  

London, September 29 (ANI): Paul Newmans daughter, Melissa, insists that her father should be remembered for his humanitarian contributions rather than his legendary acting career.

Lissy says that her nine times Oscar-nominated father was essentially a philanthropist, and that people who wish to pay tribute to him should reach out and lend a helping hand to the needy.

“He was really all about philanthropy, and people caring, and people voting, and that’’s really who he was. So many of his ideas were reaching out, the Telegraph quoted her as saying.

The 47-year old actress added: That is what he would like people to remember. Reach out, keep doing it. If we all did something for somebody or some organization today, can you imagine the change that would happen?”

The Hollywood legend, 83, who died of cancer at his Connecticut residence, is hailed for his enormous charitable contributions including the creation of Hole in The Wall Association - a group of 11 summer camps across the globe for children suffering from life-threatening diseases.

In 1982 Newman set up his line of food, Newmans Own under the motto “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good”, all proceeds of which were donated to charity.

As of early 2006, the generous philanthropist raised an astonishing 200 million dollars in donations.

At 79, Newman flew to Britain to amuse ill and disabled children in north London by posing as a clown in an exclusive version of Zippos Circus.

The Oscar-winning actor was hailed as “an American icon, philanthropist and champion for children” by former U.S. president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary. (ANI)

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