I was and am a big fan of Paul Newman, who died this past week of cancer, not just because he was drop dead gorgeous and a great actor, but because he was first and foremost a great humanitarian. He raised huge sums of money for worthwhile causes with his Newman's Own dressings -- which I also love. He had a marvelous sense of humor and a great view of the world.
Maureen Dowd wrote a piece about him today in the New York Times. It's worth the read whether you were a fan or not.