Joanne Woodward

Actor, Director, Producer
As half of perhaps one of the most successful husband and wife teams in Hollywood history, actress Joanne Woodward was widely acclaimed for her performances on stage and screen, oftentimes alongside husband Paul Newman ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1930 in Thomasville, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

Lucky Them 2014 (Movie)

Doris (Voice)

Keepers of Eden 2006 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Empire Falls 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Education of Gore Vidal 2002 (Movie)

Reader (Actor)

Pale Male 2001 (Movie)

Voice Over (Voice)

Robert Wagner: Hollywood's Prince Charming 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

A Renaissance Revisited 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Gore Vidal's Gore Vidal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Newman: Hollywood's Charming Rebel 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Philadelphia 1993 (Movie)

Sarah Beckett (Actor)

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Face to Face With Connie Chung (11/22/90) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 (Movie)

India Bridge (Actor)

Carmen 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Dialogues of the Carmelites 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Georgia O'Keeffe 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Menagerie 1987 (Movie)

Amanda Wingfield (Actor)

The Joan Sutherland Anniversary Gala 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Le Nozze di Figaro 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Night of Lady Day 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Unknown Chaplin 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Passions 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

Lilly (Actor)

Candida 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Streets of L.A. 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Come Back, Little Sheba 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The End 1978 (Movie)

Jessica (Actor)

Little Women 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The John Denver Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drowning Pool 1974 (Movie)

Iris Devereaux (Actor)

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams 1973 (Movie)

Rita (Actor)

All the Way Home 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

They Might Be Giants 1971 (Movie)

Watson (Actor)

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Wusa 1970 (Movie)

Geraldine (Actor)

Winning 1969 (Movie)

Elora (Actor)

Rachel, Rachel 1968 (Movie)

Rachel Cameron (Actor)

A Big Hand For the Little Lady 1966 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

A Fine Madness 1965 (Movie)

Rhoda Shillitoe (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Signpost to Murder 1965 (Movie)

Molly Thomas (Actor)

The Stripper 1963 (Movie)

Lila Green (Actor)

A New Kind of Love 1962 (Movie)

Samantha Blake (Actor)

Paris Blues 1961 (Movie)

Lillian Corning (Actor)

From the Terrace 1960 (Movie)

Mary St John (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fugitive Kind 1960 (Movie)

Carol Cutrere (Actor)

The Sound and the Fury 1959 (Movie)

Quentin (Actor)

Rally Round the Flag, Boys! 1958 (Movie)

Grace Bannerman (Actor)

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long, Hot Summer 1958 (Movie)

Clara Varner (Actor)

Four Star Playhouse 1952 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

No Down Payment 1957 (Movie)

Leola Boone (Actor)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Three Faces of Eve 1957 (Movie)

Eve (Actor)

A Kiss Before Dying 1956 (Movie)

Dorothy Kingship (Actor)

Count Three and Pray 1955 (Movie)

Lissy (Actor)

A Christmas to Remember (TV Show)

Actor

A Thousand Cranes (Movie)

(Actor)

Blind Spot (TV Show)

Actor

Breathing Lessons (TV Show)

Actor

Crisis at Central High (TV Show)

Actor

Die Fledermaus (TV Show)

Actor

Do You Remember Love (TV Show)

Actor

Foreign Affairs (TV Show)

Actor

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

Lohengrin (TV Show)

Actor

See How She Runs (TV Show)

Actor

Sybil (TV Show)

Actor

The John Garfield Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Shadow Box (TV Show)

Actor

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

Turandot (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Lucky Them 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Shepard & Dark 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Our Town (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

Come Along With Me (TV Show)

Director

Biography

As half of perhaps one of the most successful husband and wife teams in Hollywood history, actress Joanne Woodward was widely acclaimed for her performances on stage and screen, oftentimes alongside husband Paul Newman. Married for 50 years, the couple eschewed a typical Hollywood lifestyle in favor of a quiet life in Westport CT, where they raised a family and excelled in philanthropic causes, all the while delivering some of the most memorable and critically lauded performances in cinematic history. After earning her stripes in the theater, Woodward quickly made a name for herself in feature films in the 1950s, culminating in an Academy Award for "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957). Though in 1960 she became the first-ever performer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Woodward had a palpable abhorrence to actually being a star; a determination that drove her to excel as a performer first instead of relying solely on her striking appearance. By the late-1970s, she was largely removed from the feature world in order to concentrate on television - a medium that allowed her to seemingly earn numerous Emmy award nominations. When the new millennium arrived, Woodward was semi-retired from screen work; instead concentrating on directing regional theater across the northeast, further demonstrating her willful defiance of all things Hollywood.

Relationships

Paul Newman Actor

Husband
Met during Broadway run of "Picnic" (1953), in which he starred and she was an understudy Married Jan. 28, 1958 until his death Sept. 26, 2008 Starred in many films together, such as "The Long, Hot Summer" (1958), "Winning" (1969), and "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990); he directed her in "Rachel, Rachel" (1968)

Paul Newman

Husband
met in 1953 when Woodward was an understudy in the Broadway production of "Picnic" and Newman was co-starring in play married on January 28, 1958 collaborated together on several film and TV projects

Claire Newman

Daughter
born in 1965

Elinor Newman

Daughter
born on April 8, 1959 launched organic division of father's company Newman's Own in 1993

Melissa Newman

Daughter
born in September 1961 Woodward's character in her film debut was called 'Lissy' married to Raphael Elkind gave birth to Woodward's first grandchild, Peter, in May 1996

Wade Woodward

Father
later became VP of Charles Scribner's Sons divorced from Woodward's mother when Woodward was a child

Elinor Woodward

Mother
divorced from Woodward's father when Woodward was a child afflicted with Alzheimer's disease

EDUCATION

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied with Sanford Meisner

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1977

Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute

Los Angeles , California

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York
attended over a near 20-year period in pursuit of a bachelors degree

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge , Louisiana 1947 - 1949

Milestones

2005

Earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her role in "Empire Falls," the HBO adaptation of Richard Russo's novel

2001

Became artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse

2000

Appeared on stage with Paul Newman at the Westport Country Playhouse in A R Gurney's "Ancestral Voices" for one-week run

2000

Starred in one-night only staged reading of "Arsenic and Old Lace", the first in a series of play readings produced by Alec Baldwin (November)

1999

Appointed as co-chair of the artistic advisory council of the Westport Country Playhouse

1997

Staged Clifford Odets' play "Waiting for Lefty" at the Blue Light Theater Company; production featured Marisa Tomei and Greg Naughton

1997

Directed "La Ronde" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

1996

Had lead role in a summer theater production of "Hay Fever" in the Berkshires

1995

Narrated the documentary "My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports"; premiered at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

1995

Starred in "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut

1995

Directed Off-Broadway production of "Golden Boy" by Clifford Odets the debut offering of the Blue Light Theater Company

1994

Earned yet another Emmy Award nomination starring opposite James Garner as a bickering married couple in "Breathing Lessons", a CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production based on Anne Tyler's award-winning novel; last TV acting role to date

1993

Co-produced and starred in "Blind Spot", a CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation; played a US congresswoman whose life is upended when she learns her daughter is addicted to cocaine; received Emmy nomination

1993

Last film role to date, as Tom Hanks' mother in "Philadelphia"

1993

Served as narrator for Martin Scorsese's sumptuous film adaptation of "The Age of Innocence"

1993

Starred opposite Brian Dennehy in the TNT adaptation of Alison Lurie's novel "Foreign Affairs"

1991

Acted on stage in "Ghosts" at Woodstock, New York

1990

Garnered fourth Best Actress Oscar nomination in teh Merchant Ivory production of "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge"; starred opposite Newman

1989

Co-produced the PBS "American Masters" presentation, "Broadway Dreamers: The Legacy of the Group Theater"; also served as host; program won 1990 Emmy Award as Outstanding Informational Special

1987

Portrayed Amanda Wingfield in Newman-directed remake of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"

1986

Served as host for the PBS series "American Masters"

1986

Hosted "Live at the Met" on PBS

1985

Picked up second Emmy Award as a woman stricken with Alzheimer's disease in "Do You Remember Love" (CBS)

1984

Made cameo appearance in "Harry & Son", written, produced and directed by Paul Newman, who also co-starred

1982

Wrote and directed "Come Along With Me", based on an unfinished novel by Shirley Jackson; aired on PBS' "American Playhouse"

1982

Returned to Broadway as star of revival of George Bernard Shaw's "Candida"; production recreated for The Entertainment Channel and aired in 1983

1981

Garnered Emmy nomination as an Arkansas teacher in the fact-based CBS drama about the 1957 integration of Central High School in Little Rock in the TV-movie "Crisis at Central High"

1980

Cast as the ex-wife of a bisexual dying of cancer in the ABC TV adaptation of Michael Cristofer's Pulitzer-winning "The Shadow Box", directed by Paul Newman

1978

Won Emmy Award for performance as a middle-aged housewife who decides to comepete in the Boston Marathon in "See How She Runs" (CBS)

1977

Starred in TV remake of "Come Back, Little Sheba" (NBC)

1976

Received Emmy nomination for role as a compassionate psychatrist treating a woman with 16 personalities in "Sybil" (NBC), co-starring Sally Field

1973

Picked up third Best Actress Academy Award nomination for "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams"

1972

Directed by Newman in the film version of the Pulitzer-winning "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"

1970

Cast as a female Dr. Watson treating a man (George C Scott) convinced he is Sherlock Holmes in "They Might Be Giants"; Newman served as a producer

1970

Returned to TV after more than a decade in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "All the Way Home" (NBC)

1968

First directed by husband Paul Newman in a film, "Rachel, Rachel"; earned Best Actress Oscar nomination

1966

Starred opposite Sean Connery as his supportive waitress wife in the satirical "A Fine Madness"

1966

Played the wife of a card sharp who replaces him in a poker game in the comic Western "A Big Hand for the Little Lady"

1964

Returned to Broadway in "Baby Want a Kiss"

1963

Had title role in "The Stripper"

1960

Co-starred with Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani in "The Fugitive Kind", a film version of Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending"

1958

First of 10 films (to date) in which she acted alongside Paul Newman, "The Long Hot Summer"; also appeared together in "Rally Round the Flag, Boys!"

1957

Won Best Actress Oscar for performance as a a woman with multiple personalities in "The Three Faces of Eve"

1956

Had role as a murder victim in the noirish "A Kiss Before Dying"

1955

Screen acting debut in "Count Three and Pray"

1953

Broadway debut as understudy to Kim Stanley and Janice Rule in "Picnic"; met Paul Newman who was in cast

1952

TV debut in "Penny" an episode of "Robert Montgomery Presents" (NBC)

Professional acting debut with a community theater in Greenville, South Carolina

TV directorial debut with an episode of the ABC drama series "Family"

Appeared frequently on many of the TV anthology series of the 1950s including "Studio One", "Ford Television Theatre" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"

Bonus Trivia

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She became the chairman of board and financial backer for "Dancers", a Manhattan-based dance company in the mid-1970s.

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Received the American Jewish Committee's William J. German Human Relations Award.

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