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40 years ago: KU student works for Paul Newman over summer break

September 4, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 4, 1972:

A Kansas University student had just returned from her unusual summer job working for Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Ottawa senior Janet Anderson had registered with an east coast employment agency, which had offered her a position of a "mother's helper" for the Newman children, who could not be left alone at the actor's home because of aggressive fans. Anderson reported that her summer at their Westport, Conn., home had been unforgettable, allowing her some first-hand views of the good and bad aspects of celebrity life. She added that the Newmans had treated her as one of the family rather than as domestic help, taking her around with them and encouraging her to make the most of her summer on the east coast. Anderson also mentioned her discover of Newman's love for cooking: "He would pick out the steaks or the lobster, and he would cook, or I would cook with him directing."

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