Unconfirmed tabloid reports that Paul Newman was dying of cancer that were given legitimacy -- and impetus -- when they were picked up by the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday were described as "not true" by Newman's press representative Toni Howard, who spoke to the E! Entertainment website E! News. Newman himself later issued a terse statement saying that he was "doing nicely." Neither statement addressed the question of whether Newman is suffering from lung cancer or why he had pulled out of directing a stage production of Of Mice and Men. In a recent interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, Newman said that he had decided to quit acting because of his difficulty memorizing lines at his age. (Newman is 83.)



11/06/2008