No one’s life is perfect all the way through. For all of the amazing things Paul Newman accomplished in his life and his career, he still had two big regrets that he wished he could change. Surprisingly, they weren’t winning more Oscars or excelling further in his career – his regrets had to do with his family.
A full and philanthropic life
Newman’s career spanned from 1953 all the way to 2007. He was an award-winning performer, earning the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in The Color of Money (1986). He was nominated several other times.
Newman married twice. His first marriage, to Jacqueline Witte, lasted from 1949 to 1958 and the two had three children together, including Newman’s only son. His second marriage to Joanne Woodward started the same year he divorced Witte, and lasted until his death in 2008. Newman and Woodward had three daughters together, making Newman the father of six in total.
Newman began the Newman’s Own Foundation in 1982, which is an organization that sells food products but donates all of the profits directly to charity. Over the years, the organization has donated a remarkable $570 million.
Newman regretted his relationship with his father
Newman’s first regret in life was in regard to his father. He and his father did not have the greatest relationship and before Newman saw his huge success as a Hollywood actor, he believed his father thought of him as a failure. “I think he thought I didn’t show much promise in those days and I tend to agree with him,” Newman said.