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Also Known As: Joanne Gignilliat Woodward Died:
Born: February 27, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Thomasville, Georgia, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, screenwriter

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Come Along With Me (1982) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lucky Them (2014)
2.
 Pale Male (2002)
4.
 Breathing Lessons (1994) Maggie Moran
5.
 The Age Of Innocence (1993) Narration
6.
 Blind Spot (1993) Congresswoman Nell Harrington
7.
 Philadelphia (1993) Sarah Beckett
8.
 Foreign Affairs (1993) Vinnie Miner
9.
 Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990) India Bridge
10.
 Glass Menagerie, The (1987) Amanda Wingfield
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Professional acting debut with a community theater in Greenville, South Carolina
1952:
TV debut in "Penny" an episode of "Robert Montgomery Presents" (NBC)
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Appeared frequently on many of the TV anthology series of the 1950s including "Studio One", "Ford Television Theatre" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
1953:
Broadway debut as understudy to Kim Stanley and Janice Rule in "Picnic"; met Paul Newman who was in cast
1955:
Screen acting debut in "Count Three and Pray"
1956:
Had role as a murder victim in the noirish "A Kiss Before Dying"
1957:
Won Best Actress Oscar for performance as a a woman with multiple personalities in "The Three Faces of Eve"
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!"
1960:
Co-starred with Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani in "The Fugitive Kind", a film version of Tennessee Williams' "Orpheus Descending"
1963:
Had title role in "The Stripper"
1964:
Returned to Broadway in "Baby Want a Kiss"
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"
1968:
First directed by husband Paul Newman in a film, "Rachel, Rachel"; earned Best Actress Oscar nomination
1971:
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
1971:
Returned to TV after more than a decade in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "All the Way Home" (NBC)
1972:
Directed by Newman in the film version of the Pulitzer-winning "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds"
1973:
Picked up third Best Actress Academy Award nomination for "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams"
1976:
Received Emmy nomination for role as a compassionate psychatrist treating a woman with 16 personalities in "Sybil" (NBC), co-starring Sally Field
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TV directorial debut with an episode of the ABC drama series "Family"
1977:
Starred in TV remake of "Come Back, Little Sheba" (NBC)
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)
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
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"
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
1984:
Made cameo appearance in "Harry & Son", written, produced and directed by Paul Newman, who also co-starred
1985:
Picked up second Emmy Award as a woman stricken with Alzheimer's disease in "Do You Remember Love" (CBS)
1986:
Served as host for the PBS series "American Masters"
1986:
Hosted "Live at the Met" on PBS
1987:
Portrayed Amanda Wingfield in Newman-directed remake of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"
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
1990:
Garnered fourth Best Actress Oscar nomination in teh Merchant Ivory production of "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge"; starred opposite Newman
1991:
Acted on stage in "Ghosts" at Woodstock, New York
1993:
Starred opposite Brian Dennehy in the TNT adaptation of Alison Lurie's novel "Foreign Affairs"
1993:
Served as narrator for Martin Scorsese's sumptuous film adaptation of "The Age of Innocence"
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"
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
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
1996:
Had lead role in a summer theater production of "Hay Fever" in the Berkshires
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
1999:
Appointed as co-chair of the artistic advisory council 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)
2001:
Became artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse
2005:
Earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her role in "Empire Falls," the HBO adaptation of Richard Russo's novel
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Education

Directing Workshop for Women, American Film Institute: Los Angeles , California -
Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville , New York -
The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Louisiana State University: Baton Rouge , Louisiana - 1947 - 1949
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1977

Notes

"Actors and writers need to come back to the theater because it's a place where you can learn. You have to pay your dues; and people who haven't paid their dues in the theater, I think, have a hard time creating a whole career." --Joanne Woodward quoted at TheaterMania.com, June 22, 2000.

"There aren't a lot of movies for people our age, and I was never terribly enamored of making movies -- mainly because I like to work on stage. I didn't make a lot of movies. Maybe 12 [Editor's note: actually 26]. I'm very happy doing what I'm doing now: I like to direct and act occasionally on stage. Once in a while, I do television. It's more likely that somebody my age can find a part in television." --Woodward to TheaterMania.com, June 22, 2000.

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

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

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husband:
Paul Newman. Actor, director, producer, philanthropist. 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.

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father:
Wade Woodward. Former state educator turned publishing executive. Later became VP of Charles Scribner's Sons; divorced from Woodward's mother when Woodward was a child.
mother:
Elinor Woodward. Divorced from Woodward's father when Woodward was a child; afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
daughter:
Elinor Terese Newman. Environmentalist. Born on April 8, 1959; launched organic division of father's company Newman's Own in 1993.
daughter:
Melissa Stewart Newman. Singer. 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.
daughter:
Claire Olivia Newman. Born in 1965.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward" Delacorte

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