Legendary salad-dressing maker Paul Newman dies at age 83
Philanthropist was also admired for his popcorn and pasta sauces.
By Kenneth Tourette, Staff Writer
Paul Newman, widely known for his salad dressings, popcorn and to a lesser extent his race-car driving, died Friday. He was 83.
Tributes poured in from around the globe. "He was a tremendous philanthropist and his dairy-free Fig Newman cookies were delicious," said reviewer Roger Ebert.
Shoppers swooned over the Connecticut entrepreneur's Windex-blue eyes and ruggedly handsome face, which set him apart in an industry dominated by such unattractive personalities as Orville Redenbacher, Chef Boyardee and Mrs. Butterworth.
Others praised Newman's auto-racing career, which began in 1972 and continued into this decade. Newman also acted in a couple of movies.