Goldberg Pays Tribute To 'Guardian Angel' Newman
Whoopi Goldberg is celebrating the life of her late pal Paul Newman, because the acting legend was her guardian angel.
Newman watched over the actress-turned-talk show host during two health scares - and she remains eternally grateful.
Speaking on her U.S. talk show The View, Goldberg says, "He was one of the best people I've ever known. I got very sick 15 or 20 years ago, to the point when I almost died. I was in a coma, and when I woke up, sitting on the window sill in my hospital room was Paul Newman. I thought to myself, 'am I dead'?
She adds of the second time Newman came to her rescue: "When he first introduced the Newman's Own Lemonade, the catchline was 'it restores virginity'. We did a photoshoot with him holding the lemonade and me standing by a pool of water.
"After the shoot we went to dinner, then I went home and got very sick at the hotel. They took me to the hospital and he wouldn't leave until he knew I was OK.
"I'm going to celebrate his passing - he was a great man."
Newman died on Friday (26Sep08) from cancer at the age of 83.