Thursday, June 12, 2008

Best Wishes

Paul Newman is battling cancer.

The Oscar winner, 83, appears gaunt in recent photos, which has stirred speculation on the Internet about his health. Writer A.E. Hotchner, who partnered with Newman to start Newman’s Own salad dressing company in the 1980s, said the actor told him about the disease about 18 months ago. He did not specify what sort of cancer, but said Newman is in active treatment.

”I know that it’s a form of cancer,” Hotchner told The Associated Press. “He’s dealing with it.”

Newman issued a statement late Tuesday that he’s ”doing nicely” but didn’t address questions about cancer.

”He’s battling,” Hotchner said. “He’s doing all the right stuff. Paul is a fighter. He seems to be going through a good period right now . . . Everybody is hopeful.”

Newman lives in Westport, Conn., with his wife, Joanne Woodward. Newman won an Oscar for his leading role in 1986’s The Color of Money. His screen credits also include Exodus, Hud,Cool Hand Luke,Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Verdict and Road to Perdition.

Get well soon.