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Joanne Woodward Biography and Filmography
Joanne Woodward
Birthday: February 27, 1930
Birth Place: Thomasville, Georgia, USA
Height: 5' 4"
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With spouse Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward comprised one of the most successful husband-and-wife tandems in Hollywood history; not only among the most acclaimed film actresses of her era, she was also highly visible as a television and theatrical performer, as well as a prominent social activist. Woodward was born February 27, 1930, in Thomasville, GA, and later acted in campus productions while attending Louisiana State University. After relocating to New York she studied at both the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors' Studio, and in 1953 signed on as an understudy in the Broadway production of William Inge's Picnic; there she met Newman, and they soon fell in love. After starring in 1954's The Lovers, Woodward turned to television, appearing in dozens of programs. A performance in an episode of Four Star Playhouse caught the attention of Fox production chief Buddy Adler, who quickly snapped her up with a long-term contract.Woodward made her film debut in the 1955 Western Count Three and Pray. Her next project, the 1956 thriller A Kiss Before Dying, ran into controversy over its advertising campaign, and as a result appeared in theaters only briefly. Director Nunnally Johnson then requested Woodward's services for the starring role in his schizophrenia drama The Three Faces of Eve; Fox initially refused, but after everyone from Judy Garland to Susan Hayward rejected the role, the studio finally relented. The performance won Woodward a Best Actress Academy Award in 1957, but Fox remained unsure how best to utilize her skills; they next cast her in the Martin Ritt drama No Down Payment, appearing with a number of the studio's other aspiring talents. In 1958, Woodward and Newman co-starred in The Long Hot Summer; the couple married that same year, and then reunited for Leo McCarey's Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! After starring in the 1959 adaptation of the William Faulkner classic The Sound and the Fury, Woodward co-starred with Marlon Brando in The Fugitive Kind before teaming with Newman in the 1960 hit From the Terrace; they were again together in 1961's Paris Blues. By now a mother as well as a wife, Woodward retreated from film for two years to focus on domestic duties. Upon returning to Hollywood in 1963, her career took a nosedive: Her comeback vehicle The Stripper performed poorly at the box office, and A New Kind of Love — another project with Newman — did not fare much better. When 1964's Signpost to Murder also failed, she again went on a two-year hiatus. Upon resurfacing, she starred in A Fine Madness with Sean Connery and in A Big Hand for the Little Lady with Henry Fonda. Despite good critical notice, neither was a hit, and Woodward spent the next year absent from moviemaking. The 1968 Rachel, Rachel was the outcome of Woodward's exile; she and Newman admitted it was carefully designed as a vehicle to resuscitate her career, and the ploy worked brilliantly — he directed, she starred, and together they led the film to four Oscar nominations, including Best Actress and Best Picture.The following year Woodward and Newman reunited onscreen for the auto-racing drama Winning, and again starred together in 1970s politically charged W.U.S.A., a reflection of the couple's high-profile support of liberal causes; when 1971's They Might Be Giants proved unsuccessful, Newman directed Woodward to Best Actress honors at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival for The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. The follow-up Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams earned Woodward another Academy Award nomination. The Drowning Pool (1975) was Woodward's last feature film for three years; she instead turned to television, co-starring with Sally Field in the award-winning Sybil and appearing in a remake of Come Back, Little Sheba in 1977. After winning an Emmy for 1978's See How She Runs, Woodward returned to feature films with the Burt Reynolds farce The End; it was her final big-screen appearance for six years; instead, she focused solely on TV, delivering a cameo in A Christmas to Remember before starring in 1979's The Streets of L.A. After Newman directed her in 1980's The Shadow Box, Woodward earned an Emmy nomination for her work in Crisis at Central High and then spent the next four years exclusively on-stage, appearing in productions of The Glass Menagerie, Candida, and Hay Fever. In 1984, she finally returned to films in Newman's Harry and Son and that same year made her own directorial debut with the PBS feature Come Along With Me. As a professor stricken with Alzheimer's disease, she won a third Emmy for 1985's Do You Remember Love? In 1987, Newman directed her in a film adaptation of The Glass Menagerie. Woodward did not reappear for four more years, when she and Newman starred as the titular Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, a performance which earned her an Oscar nomination. In 1993, she suddenly enjoyed a major resurgence, appearing in two major theatrical releases, Philadelphia and The Age of Innocence (which she narrated) as well as a pair of TV movies, Blind Spot and Foreign Affairs. A small-screen adaptation of the Anne Tyler Pulitzer-winner Breathing Lessons earned Woodward an Emmy nomination in 1994. In 1996, she continued her television work playing herself in James Dean: A Portrait, and two years later she narrated My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports, a documentary about children who had been rescued from Nazi concentration camps.
Empire Falls (2005)
[ Helen Hunt ][ Robin Wright ][ Carey Lowell ][ Theresa Russell ][ Danielle Panabaker ]
Even If a Hundred Ogres... (1996)
Breathing Lessons (1994)
[ Jean Louisa Kelly ][ Kathryn Erbe ][ Joyce Van-Patten ]
Philadelphia (1993)
[ Mary Steenburgen ][ Chandra Wilson ]
The Age of Innocence (1993)
[ Winona Ryder ][ Michelle Pfeiffer ][ Geraldine Chaplin ][ Miriam Margolyes ][ Claire Bloom ]
Blind Spot (1993)
[ Laure Linney ][ Allison Janney ][ Ming na Wen ][ Patti D'Arbanville ][ Karina Arroyave ]
Foreign Affairs (1993)
[ Alex Kingston ][ Stephanie Beacham ][ Diedre Holland ]
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
[ Kyra Sedgwick ][ Blythe Danner ][ Gale Garnett ]
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
[ Karen Allen ]
Do You Remember Love (1985)
[ Andrea Barber ][ Lee Garlington ]
Passions (1984)
[ Lindsay Wagner ][ Heather Langenkamp ][ Viveca Lindfors ]
Harry & Son (1984)
[ Ellen Barkin ][ Nicole Gian ]
Candida (1982)
[ Jane Curtin ]
Crisis at Central High (1981)
The Shadow Box (1980)
[ Melinda Dillon ]
The Streets of L.A. (1979)
A Christmas to Remember (1978)
[ Eva Marie Saint ]
The End (1978)
[ Sally Field ][ Kristy McNichol ][ Myrna Loy ]
See How She Runs (1978)
Come Back, Little Sheba (1977)
[ Carrie Fisher ]
The John Denver Special (1976)
Sybil (1976)
[ Sally Field ]
The Drowning Pool (1975)
[ Melanie Griffith ][ Gail Strickland ][ Linda Haynes ]
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
All the Way Home (1971)
They Might Be Giants (1971)
[ Rue McClanahan ]
WUSA (1970)
[ Cloris Leachman ][ Diane Ladd ][ Zara Cully ]
Winning (1969)
Rachel, Rachel (1968)
A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
A Fine Madness (1966)
[ Jean Seberg ][ Colleen Dewhurst ][ Sue Ann Langdon ]
Signpost to Murder (1964)
A New Kind of Love (1963)
[ Francine York ][ Celeste Yarnall ]
The Stripper (1963)
[ Carol Lynley ][ Marlene Luada ]
Paris Blues (1961)
From the Terrace (1960)
[ Barbara Eden ][ Myrna Loy ][ Gina Adamson ]
The Fugitive Kind (1959)
[ Maureen Stapleton ][ Anna Magnani ]
The Sound and the Fury (1959)
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)
[ Joan Collins ][ Tuesday Weld ]
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
[ Angela Lansbury ][ Lee Remick ][ Sarah Marshall ]
No Down Payment (1957)
[ Sheree North ]
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Family Protection (1956)
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
Full Circle (1955)
Count Three and Pray (1955)
[ Allison Hayes ]
Eleven O'Clock Flight (1955)
Interlude (1954)
Unequal Contest (1954)
Stir Mugs (1954)
A Young Lady of Property (1953)
Penny (1952)
  • Born at 4:00am-EST
  • Mother of actress Melissa Newman, whose namesake was the character portrayed by Woodward in Count Three and Pray (1955).
  • When she was 9 years old, Joanne traveled with her mother to Atlanta for the premiere of Gone with the Wind (1939). During the parade, she lept into a limousine carrying Laurence Olivier and sat in his lap as she had a crush on him after seeing Wuthering Heights (1939). Years later when the two were working on Come Back, Little Sheba (1977) (TV), Olivier claimed to remember the incident vividly.
  • Attended LSU and then headed to New York. She did not attend Sarah Lawrence until much later. She graduated in 1990 alongside her youngest daughter Claire "Clea" Newman.
  • Wore a hand-made dress that cost about 0 dollars to the 1957 Oscar ceremony (the year she won Best Actress for Three Faces of Eve.)
  • Serves as artistic director, Westport Country Playhouse, near her home in Connecticut, where husband Paul stars in "Our Town" June 2002.
  • Loves ballet and horse-back riding
  • Joanne has three children with Paul Newman: Elinor (Nell), Melissa (Lissy) and Claire (Clea)
  • In 1960 she became the first actress to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Lived next door to her idol, Bette Davis, for awhile.
  • Her favorite movies are Gone with the Wind (1939), Wuthering Heights (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Jezebel (1938).
  • Her all-time favorite actress is Bette Davis and her all-time favorite actor is Laurence Olivier. Other major favorites of hers include John Garfield, Vivien Leigh, Katharine Hepburn and Clark Gable.
  • Had to have her strip/dance scenes in The Stripper (1963) censored and approved by her husband, Paul Newman.
  • Was a graduate from the class of 1947 at Greenville Senior High School in Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Her likeness was used for the paintings of Marguerite Wyke in the Laurence Olivier/Michael Caine thriller Sleuth (1972).
  • Was briefly engaged to novelist, essayist and screenwriter Gore Vidal before breaking the engagement to pledge herself to eventual husband Paul Newman. The new couple, who remained friends with Vidal, briefly lived with him in a house in Los Angeles.
  • In the July 21, 1975 issue of People magazine, in which she shared the cover with her husband Paul Newman, Woodward claimed that her older relatives back in a small town in rural Georgia would be upset if they knew that Newman was half-Jewish.
  • Played mother to real-life daughter Nell Potts in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
  • Mother of Nell Potts and Claire Newman.
  • Joanne told a seventeen-year-old Melanie Griffith on the set of The Drowning Pool (1975) that her goals were to marry a movie star (Paul Newman); have beautiful babies (she had 3); and win an Oscar (which she did in 1958). Melanie said that she adopted the goals for herself by marrying a movie star (Antonio Banderas); have beautiful babies (she also had 3); but has expressed frustration that she hasn't won an Oscar even though she was nominated in 1989.

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