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Paul Newman’s legacy of giving via Newman’s Own has a new mission – at-risk children

A screenshot of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward holding one of their children from the new HBO Max documentary series highlighting the couple's philanthropic interests.
Paul Newman’s legacy of giving via Newman’s Own has a new mission – at-risk children. A new HBO Max documentary series on Newman and Joanne Woodward highlights the couple's philanthropic interests.

Cinema fans will get an intimate look into the careers and marriage of Hollywood couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in The Last Movie Stars, a six-part documentary on HBO Max premiering July 21.

The documentary also highlights their dedication to art and philanthropy.

Newman and Woodward’s legacy of giving grew out of Westport, Connecticut, where the couple lived and raised their family on a 10.46 acre estate, with a 1900-era carriage house, in the Coleytown section.

This hour on Where We Live, we talk with Miriam Nelson, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation, and a highly regarded scientist in the field of public health, about the foundation’s expanded giving focus – at risk children.

Newman’s Own Foundation directs profits from the sale of Newman's Own foods, including salad dressing and pasta sauce, to support seriously ill children, promote school nutrition, and nutrition security among indigenous youth. Beginning this year – its 40th anniversary – the foundation will also focus on children with Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACES, who are at risk for cardiovascular diseases and mental health conditions later on.

Nearly $600 million in profits from the sale of Newman’s Own products have been donated to date to benefit organizations in Connecticut, across the U.S. and worldwide.

We also hear from another long standing nonprofit, Real Art Ways in Hartford, on its $14.7 million expansion plans, as well as its work with children in the neighborhood, including a new community garden.

Disclosure: Sujata Srinivasan, producer of this show, is a visiting artist at Real Art Ways’ summer Park Art program for children in Hartford. 


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Sujata Srinivasan is Connecticut Public Radio’s senior health reporter. Prior to that, she was a senior producer for Where We Live, a newsroom editor, and from 2010-2014, a business reporter for the station.
Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.