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Having been to many
local theaters, I knew
upon entering that this
was the crème de la
crème. I remember a feeling of pride at being in
such an esteemed theater
where, in addition to Paul
and Joanne, legends such
as Liza Minnelli, Gene
Wilder, and Jane Curtin
have performed.
Mark Lamos, the Tonyaward winning former
Broadway director and
Mark Lamos, artistic director at
current artistic director
the Westport Country Playhouse
at the Westport Country
Playhouse, spoke of Paul
and Joanne's lasting impact on the playhouse. "The Newmans'
legacy is incalculable because without them, and without their
vision and fund-raising capacity and passion for the community, the
art form, and the history, the Playhouse would not exist. Their spirit
is within the walls and the air of the place where we work and make
theater-for the Westport community and beyond."
One of Newman's greatest legacies is that of his 50-year
marriage to Joanne Woodward, a storied actress. It is rare even
outside of show business to hear of a marriage with such longevity and devotion. Paul and Joanne were also devoted to the
Westport Country Playhouse and to its long, illustrious history.
Founded in 1931, the theater was originally housed in a dilapidated 200-year old former tannery. In 2000 Joanne was drawn
to the role of artistic director and fundraiser extraordinaire.
It seems fitting that Paul and Joanne starred together that
year in Ancestral Voices - (A Family Story), because the story of
the legacy their family created was admired by so many. Paul
also starred in Our Town in 2002 and Trumbo in 2004. He was
set to direct Of Mice and Men in 2008, the same year that Joanne
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Photo credit: Bruce Plotkin

Photo credit: Larry Merz

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Paul Newman staring in Our Town in 2002 at the Westport Country Playhouse
returned as co-interim artistic director, but sadly had to withdraw
due to his ailing health, which, in line with his private nature, he
downplayed publicly.

Like Newman, we can all leave
a legacy

Our values are manifested in the legacy we leave. A person's legacy
does not have to be as broad-reaching as Paul's to be impactful for
generations to come. A legacy can be a family story that brings joy
to our descendants, a talent passed through a family, or a donation
to a charity that is meaningful to an individual.
As my time researching and writing about Paul brought
me closer to his story and legacy, I listened to the sounds of

Newman's Own organic butter popcorn popping and thought
about the many kernels he planted, such as his tremendous generosity, which inspire so many. Paul embodied class and being a
classic, so it seems only fitting to enjoy my popcorn in front of
one of his classics, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Lia Jill Levitt is the founder of Ain't She Sweet,
LLC. A company dedicated to bringing joy to
seniors and those who care for and about them
and the author of a book by the same name
inspired by her remarkable grandmother. https://
aintshesweet.net/


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