When American actor Paul Newman died in 2008 at 83, the world lost a talented and talented artist who delighted audiences for decades. A legend in his time, Newman turned his success in film and television into philanthropy, creating a brand known as Newman’s Wool. This food company donated after-tax benefits to charity. With his acting career at the peak of his career and his brand of Newman’s Wool on grocery shelves across the country, Paul Newman became one of Hollywood’s most famous figures. Now, the foundation she lived on seems to have claimed her daughters, perhaps for a good reason.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Newman’s foundation is currently involved in a lawsuit brought by two of Paul Newman’s daughters. The case comes in response to allegations that Newman’s leadership team did not follow instructions given by Paul Newman before his death, specifically regarding the number of benefits to be given to charities. Newman’s daughters, Susan Kendall Newman and Neil Newman allege that the foundation barred them from joining the organization and that its leaders have taken steps to expel them altogether. One argument in the lawsuit is that Newman’s foundation halved the money usually used for her charity for girls.
Paul Newman launched the Newman Wool brand in 1982, which donates directly to the Newman Wool Foundation, specifically charities. Using the Newman name and likeness in all of its products, the brand has been incredibly successful since its inception, mainly because Newman was a popular and recognizable player. According to People, the brand started selling salad dressings but became a full-fledged avenue selling pasta sauce, ketchup, pizza and lemonade. Newman currently has over 300 products under its brand. CNN reports that the Brand Foundation has donated over $570 million to various charities since its inception.
Before he became known for his salad dressings and delicious desserts, Paul Newman was an actor who appeared on stage and screen. Long married to Academy Award winner John Woodward, the two became a powerhouse in film and television. Before starring in his most notable roles alongside Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford in The Sundance Kid, Newman became a household name in films such as The Hustler, Hood, Cool Hand Luke and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Director Ethan Hawke currently has a documentary about the marriage and life of Newman Woodward titled The Last Movie Star, which premiered on HBO Max in July. Newman eventually won an Academy Award for his role in Martin Scorsese’s The Color of Money after ten nominations in 1986 as Fast Eddie Felson, before his death twenty years later.