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Cooking with Paul Newman, Ismail Merchant

September 29, 2008 13:39 IST
With the walls of his New York office filled with the framed posters of his films including the Oscar winner A Room with a View, a casual visitor meeting the late filmmaker Ismail Merchant could have missed the poster of a Paul Newman film, Somebody Up There Likes Me. Whenever someone asked Merchant about the Newman poster, he would smile and say: "Meeting him for the first time made me, more than ever, want to be a filmmaker and I told myself that someday I will make a film starring him."
Merchant would have repeated the story today had he been alive (Merchant died in 2005 age 68), just as the friends and acquaintances of Newman, actor, director, racecar champion, maker of fabulous salad dressings and a humanitarian, are paying the screen and stage legend tributes. Newman succumbed to lung cancer over the weekend at age 83.
Arthur J Pais