Meet Joanne Woodward, the late Paul Newman’s wife and an actress in her own right. See her biography, photos and video here.
Joanne Woodward’s husband, Paul Newman, died Friday at the age of 83. He had suffered from cancer, and passed away at his home in Westport, Connecticut. Newman was a long time philanthropist, often recognized for his charity work.
As a biography, Joanne Woodward was born February 27, 1930 in Thomasville, Georgia, so her age is 78. She went to college at Louisiana State University where she took part in several stage productions. After college she moved to New York, where she continued her work in theater. In 1953, she signed on as the understudy for the 1953 Broadway play “Picnic”. Here she met Paul Newman, and the two fell in love.
In 1960, Joanne became the first actress to have a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Since then she has starred in many films and television programs, as her successful acting career continues to this day. She and Paul starred together in several films.
Joanne and Paul celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January 2008. They were married in Las Vegas on January 29, 1958, and they have three daughters. They are one of very few Hollywood couples that have lasted through the years – a real romance. Of her marriage, Joanne has said,
“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.”
Paul and Joanne spent many years of their lives giving back and working with charitable organizations. Although it’s hard to make a difference in all the causes you believe in, she says,
“An activist is someone who makes an effort to see problems that are not being addressed and then makes an effort to make their voice heard. Sometimes there are so many things that it’s almost impossible to make your voice heard in every area, but you can sure try.”
In 2000, Joanne took over as co-chair of the artistic advisory board of the Westport Country Playhouse. Located in the town she and Paul have lived in for most of their marriage, both lovebirds have appeared on its stage.
See more photos of Joanne Woodward and a video below.