Daughter: Newman liked pratical jokes

September 28, 2009 9:48:26 AM PDT
Paul Newman's daughter says her father liked to joke about his trademark blue eyes, musing that if they turned brown his career might be in jeopardy.

Nell Newman's father died a year ago at age 83. She says he considered himself lucky and wanted to give back, leading to his passion for philanthropy.

His daughter gave a rare glimpse into the actor's life Monday in an interview with The Associated Press. Her company, Newman's Own Organics, is highlighting its partnership with McDonald's Corp., where it sells coffee.

She says her father enjoyed practical jokes and liked turning up on President Nixon's enemies list. She says he also preferred the company of race car mechanics to the Beverly Hills jet set.

Her company and Newman's Own have given $250 million to charities.

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