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I was naked the first time I saw him, buck naked, and when my eyes met his I froze, one foot in and one foot out of the shower. Why he was there was beyond my comprehension but his back was to the door; he was dressed in jeans, wearing a hat-- and a gun.
I screamed for my mommy-- who immediately started laughing from the other side of the door-- Hysterically!
It was Paul Newman in all his life-size, blue-eyed, Butch Cassidy poster glory, taped to the back of Mom's bathroom door. I hadn't see him, I mean "it"-- the poster, when I walked in. Rather, I caught a glimpse of those blue eyes just as I stepped into the bathtub.
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The poster was a gift, and apparently, Mom thought having company in the bathroom was a nice idea so "Paul lived there" as she used to say. Her sense of humor was like that and she got a kick out of "bathing with him" on a daily basis. Me, not so much.
Paul Newman was one of Mom's and my all time favorite movie stars. I was 11 years old in 1969 when Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hit movie theaters-- He was 44. But even at my young age, and even though I wasn't allowed to see the film at the time, I knew he was a gorgeous movie star. Many, many years passed for both of us and he continued to be gorgeous and my idea of a real "star".
Today, I have a hard time thinking of a comparable actor with his depth of talent and leading man good looks. Yes, there are some hunks of burning love out there, George Clooney and Daniel Craig come to mind, but in my book, they don't quite measure up to the late, great, Paul Newman-- He was just that special.
The Butch Cassidy poster on the back of Mom's bathroom door is long gone, but after a week of pouring rain that was spent mostly watching a Paul Newman movie marathon on video and DVD, I can honestly say he kept getting better with age-- both in appearance, in his acting and certainly from his very generous philanthropic heart-- Which means I've finally reached the age to say, "They don't make 'em like they used to"....
And if anyone has a life size Paul Newman poster they'd like to share, I have a bathroom door available.
Who's your idea of a true "movie star"?
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