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Celebs Who Give Back!

| Filed under: Brad PittAngelina JolieInspirationBarbra StreisandOprah WinfreyLeonardo DiCaprioMel GibsonNicolas CagePaul Newman

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From human rights organizations like Amnesty International to rebuilding infrastructure at home and abroad, the following are celebrities that have donated the most $$$$ to charitable organizations in 2008.

Paul Newman gave a whopping $21 million to fund health initiatives, education, emergency campaigns and environmental protection before his death last September while Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt gave $13.4 million to build a health clinic in Ethiopia, development in New Orleans and the Armed Services YMCA.

Very generous!

Jesus-worshipping Mel Gibson gave $6.5 million to the Holy Family Church in Southern California, Oprah Winfrey gave $2.4 million to after-school programs across the U.S. and scholarships for students in Whitesboro, New Jersey (Steadman's hometown).

That's it, O?! Considering the money she's got stashed away, she could restore California's economy!!!

Rounding out the list is Barbra Streisand, who gave $1.7 million to fund The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program in El Lay, Leonardo DiCaprio for donating $1.5 million to community development and The Paris Review literary magazine and Nicolas Cage, who gave $1.1 million to Amnesty International.

Damn! We bet Nic wishes he was a little more stingy these day!

And to all those that donated, no matter how much you gave or held out on us - you're an inspiration!

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Trying To Milk Paul Newman's Death

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Just weeks after Paul Newman's death, People has announced its plans to rush a 96-page tribute book about the legendary actor's life to shelves as soon as possible, to the tune of $12 a pop. And People is pocketing every penny.

Understandably, People is a business and like businesses, the mag likes to capitalize on trends, events, and yes, deaths.

It's just that the calculated move seems particularly cold in light of Newman's dedication to charity. Newman's Own, the late actor's philanthropic food company, has generated $250 million to aid others.

But that's business for ya!

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R.I.P.

| Filed under: R.I.P.Paul Newman

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Paul Newman has died.

The legendary actor and philanthropist died on Friday at the age of 83.

He lost a long, public battle with cancer, according to his representatives.

Mr. Newman generously gave hundreds of millions towards helping others during his lifetime. The Vice-Chairman of the thespian's charity, Newman's Own Foundation, issued the following statement to honor and celebrate one of Hollywood's greatest:

Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all. Paul had an abiding belief in the role that luck plays in one's life, and its randomness. He was quick to acknowledge the good fortune he had in his own life, beginning with being born in America, and was acutely aware of how unlucky so many others were. True to his character, he quietly devoted himself to helping offset this imbalance. An exceptional example is the legacy of Newman's Own. What started as something of a joke in the basement of his home, turned into a highly-respected, multi-million dollar a year food company. And true to form, he shared this good fortune by donating all the profits and royalties he earned to thousands of charities around the world, a total which now exceeds $250 million. While his philanthropic interests and donations were wide-ranging, he was especially committed to the thousands of children with life-threatening conditions served by the Hole in the Wall Camps, which he helped start over 20 years ago. He saw the Camps as places where kids could escape the fear, pain and isolation of their conditions, kick back, and raise a little hell. Today, there are 11 Camps around the world, with additional programs in Africa and Vietnam. Through the Camps, well over 135,000 children have had the chance to experience what childhood was meant to be.

In Paul's words: "I wanted to acknowledge luck; the chance and benevolence of it in my life, and the brutality of it in the lives of others, who might not be allowed the good fortune of a lifetime to correct it."

Paul took advantage of what life offered him, and while personally reluctant to acknowledge that he was doing anything special, he forever changed the lives of many with his generosity, humor, and humanness. His legacy lives on in the charities he supported and the Hole in the Wall Camps, for which he cared so much.

We will miss our friend Paul Newman, but are lucky ourselves to have known such a remarkable person."

Paul Newman leaves behind five children and his wife of over fifty years, Joanne Woodward.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Newman family.

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Only Weeks to Live?????

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New reports claim that legendary actor Paul Newman has finished chemotherapy treatment for his cancer and that he's been given only a few weeks to live.

We hope that's not true.

The Oscar winner's battle with a yet-to-be officially confirmed cancer has been talked about for months, though he and his 'people' have continued to debunk claims that he's fighting for his life.

A source said that the renowned philanthropist has been discharged from the hospital because he wants to die at home.

"Paul didn't want to die in the hospital," says the insider. "(Wife) Joanne and his daughters are beside themselves with grief."

Sad, sad, sad.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Newman and his family.

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This Is Getting Out Of Control

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Paul Newman's friend and business partner, A.E. Hotchner, has denied an Associated Press report, which quotes him saying that the actor is fighting cancer, according to Access Hollywood.

Hotchner tells the show, “I saw him last week and he seemed fine. I have no knowledge of any diagnosis or doctors.”

The AP says it stands by its story.

We hope you're doing OK, either way, Mr. Newman.

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