Joanne Woodward


Actor
Joanne Woodward

About

Also Known As
Joanne Gignilliat Woodward
Birth Place
Thomasville, Georgia, USA
Born
February 27, 1930

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 ...

Photos & Videos

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
A Fine Madness - Movie Poster
A Big Hand for the Little Lady - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

Paul Newman
Husband
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.

Bibliography

"Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward"
Joe Morella and Edward Z Epstein, Delacorte (1989)

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.

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.

Born on Feb. 27, 1930 Thomasville, GA, Woodward was raised by her father, Wade, a former state educator who later became vice president of publisher Charles Scribner's Sons, and her mother, Elinor. When she was in the second grade, her family moved around to Blakeley and Marietta, then later to Greenville, SC after her parents divorced. As a teenager, Woodward won several beauty contests and acted in productions at Greenville High School. After attending Louisiana State University for two years, where she majored in acting, Woodward became a member of Greenville's Little Theatre, where she won the theater's version of an Oscar for her performance as Laura Winfield in "The Glass Menagerie." She eventually moved to New York to study with Sandford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and at the Actors Studio. Following her television debut in an episode of "Robert Montgomery Presents" (NBC, 1950-57), Woodward performed on early TV anthologies like "Kraft Television Theater," "The Alcoa Hour," "Four Star Playhouse" and "Studio One."

In 1953, while waiting to read for her agent, Maynard Morris, she met actor Paul Newman, also a client of Morris. Both were later cast in a production of William Inge's "Picnic" on Broadway, where the two became romantically entranced with one another, even though, at the time, Newman was married to actress Jacqueline Witte, with whom he had three children. Meanwhile, Woodward made her feature debut in "Count Three and Pray" (1955), an off-beat post-Civil War Western about a former Union soldier-turned-preacher (Van Heflin) who tries to start anew in his Southern hometown, only to run afoul with the townsfolk, thanks to a seemingly inappropriate relationship with a saucy teenager (Woodward). She next gave a sympathetic performance in "A Kiss Before Dying" (1956), playing the naïve, but rich girlfriend of a poor, but ambitious boy (Robert Wagner) who is killed by his own hand after he learns he will not be accepted by her wealthy family. After playing a spurned wife whose husband (Cameron Mitchell) does not want children in the ensemble drama, "No Down Payment" (1957), she gave a riveting and complex performance as a young Georgia housewife suffering from multiple personality disorder in "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957). Woodward won the Academy Award for Best Actress - her only win in four nominations, and Newman was there to proudly cheer her on.

Following her Oscar win, Woodward and Newman - who had finally gotten a divorce from Witte, which stirred public controversy - were finally married in 1958 after having lived together for several years. Meanwhile, Woodward spent the next decade specializing in playing frustrated, emotionally wrought characters in critically lauded films - many of which she starred in alongside her husband, like "The Long Hot Summer" (1958), "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!" (1958), and "Paris Blues" (1961), in which she played an American tourist in Paris who falls for a trombone player (Newman). She gave a compelling comic performance opposite Newman in "A New Kind of Love" (1963), then landed a difficult part originally planned for Marilyn Monroe in "The Stripper" (1963), playing an aspiring actress forced to make difficult choices to make ends meet, only to see her once-promising life reach the precipice of a steep decline. Following supporting roles in lighter fare like "A Big Hand for the Little Lady" (1966) and "A Fine Madness" (1966), Woodward received widespread acclaim and a second Best Actress Academy Award nomination playing a spinster trying to change her introverted ways in "Rachel, Rachel" (1968), the first directorial outing for Newman.

By the 1970s, Woodward had made a return to frequenting the small screen, while taking fewer feature roles as the decade wore on. In fact, since her appearance in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "All the Way Home" (NBC, 1971), Woodward found more rewarding roles in drama specials and made-for-television movies than on the silver screen. After playing Dr. Watson to George C. Scott's mentally ill judge who thinks he is Sherlock Holmes in the whimsical "They Might Be Giants" (1971), Woodward earned her third Academy Award nomination for playing the bored, neurotic wife of an eye doctor (Martin Balsam) looking to find some meaning to their trivial lives in "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams" (1973). Following another turn alongside her husband as the wife of a wealthy oilman who hires private eye Lew Harper (Newman) in "The Drowning Pool" (1975), Woodward earned her first Emmy nomination for playing a compassionate psychiatrist trying to help a woman (Sally Field) with 16 personalities in "Sybil" (NBC, 1976). Also that year, Woodward returned to Greenville's Little Theatre to play the overbearing mother, Amanda Wingfield, in "The Glass Menagerie."

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Woodward enjoyed a secondary career as a director, although most of her work was for the stage. Ultimately, she became the artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT, where she and Newman resided. Meanwhile, back on the small screen, she won her first Emmy for her performance in "See How She Runs" (CBS, 1978), in which she played a wife and mother who, after devoting her life to her family and others, decides to run the Boston Marathon as an obsessive means of self-expression. For "Crisis at Central High" (CBS, 1981), Woodward received a third Emmy nod for her portrayal of teacher Elizabeth Hucksby, who bore witness to the integration of Central High School in 1957. After being directed once again by Newman in the feature "Harry & Son" (1984), she won her second Emmy Award for her performance in "Do You Remember Love" (CBS, 1985), in which she played a vibrant and brilliant college professor stricken by Alzheimer's in the prime of her life - a performance that was perhaps inspired by Woodward's mother, who suffered from the degenerative disease for years.

As time wore on, Woodward became much choosier with the roles she played, though oftentimes she was rewarded for her particular efforts. Directed by Newman once again, she reprised Amanda Wingfield for her husband's touching feature rendition of "The Glass Menagerie" (1987), then earned her fourth Academy Award nomination for her performance in the Merchant Ivory production, "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990), which capitalized on the long-married couple's legendary standing in a sensitive study of emotional sterility. Returning to the stage, she performed in a production of Henrik Ibsen's "Ghosts" (1991) in Woodstock, NY, then earned yet another Emmy nomination for playing a tough Congresswoman who tries to keep her family together after the death of her son-in-law and her own daughter's addiction to cocaine in "Blind Spot" (CBS, 1993). She had a small part as the mother of an AIDS-inflicted lawyer (Tom Hanks) fighting for justice while dying in "Philadelphia" (1993). That same year, director Martin Scorsese used her rich, clear voice to fine effect at the narrator for his period romantic drama, "The Age of Innocence" (1993).

In "Foreign Affairs" (TNT, 1993), she was a college professor who strikes up an unlikely romance on a plane to England with a coarse and vulgar engineer from Oklahoma (Brian Dennehy), which she followed with "Breathing Lessons" (CBS, 1994), an adaptation of Anne Tyler's 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a married couple (Woodward and James Garner) who review their lives and renew their love while taking a cross-country road trip to a friend's funeral. Woodward earned a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special - her eighth Emmy Award nomination. Next, Woodward narrated "My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports" (1995), a documentary that focused on rescue missions conducted between December 1938 and August 1939 that saved almost 10,000 Jewish and other children from the fate of the Nazi concentration camps. By the mid-1990s, Woodward began focusing exclusively on her stage career, starring in "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1995) at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT and directing an off-Broadway production of Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" (1995) at the Blue Light Theater Company. She continued directing theater, staging Odets' "Waiting for Lefty" (1997) with Marisa Tomei, and "LaRonde" (1997) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

In 1999, Woodward accepted the position as co-chair of the artistic advisory council of the Westport Country Playhouse. The following year, she convinced her husband to join her for a one-week run in A.R. Gurney's play "Ancestral Voices" (2000). In addition to her theater work, Woodward and Newman spent much of their time espousing liberal causes and fund-raising for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp and year-round facility for children with life-threatening illnesses. Among their many accolades, the pair jointly received lifetime achievement awards from the Screen Actors Guild in 1985 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 1992. Meanwhile, after appearing as herself in "The Education of Gore Vidal" (2003), a retrospective on the life and career of the famed author and political critic, with whom she was briefly engaged prior to meeting Newman, Woodward co-starred in HBO's award-winning miniseries, "Empire Falls" (2005). She played a domineering town matriarch and owner of the Empire Grill, a local diner run by a middle-aged man (Ed Harris) down on his luck after his wife (Helen Hunt) divorces him. Woodward was nominated for both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe. While remaining intensely private about her personal life, particularly with Newman, it became rumored in 2007 that her husband was suffering from cancer. Then on Sept. 26, 2008, Woodward lost Newman to the ravages of lung cancer. They were married for 50 years - an unheard of feat for a so-called Hollywood couple.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2015)
Herself
Lucky Them (2014)
Voice
Pale Male (2002)
Voice
My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports (1995)
Narration
Breathing Lessons (1994)
Foreign Affairs (1993)
Blind Spot (1993)
Philadelphia (1993)
Sarah Beckett
The Age Of Innocence (1993)
Narrator
Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990)
The Glass Menagerie (1987)
Amanda Wingfield
The Spencer Tracy Legacy (1986)
Unknown Chaplin (1986)
Do You Remember Love (1985)
Barbara Wyatt-Hollis
Passions (1984)
Catherine Kennerly
Harry & Son (1984)
Crisis at Central High (1981)
Elizabeth Huckaby
Shadow Box (1980)
Beverly
The Streets of L.A. (1979)
A Christmas to Remember (1978)
Mildred Mccloud
See How She Runs (1978)
The End (1978)
Come Back, Little Sheba (1977)
Lola
The Drowning Pool (1975)
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
Beatrice
They Might Be Giants (1971)
[Dr. Mildred] Watson
All the Way Home (1971)
Mary
WUSA (1970)
Geraldine
King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)
Winning (1969)
Elora
Rachel, Rachel (1968)
Rachel Cameron
A Fine Madness (1966)
Rhoda Shillitoe
A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966)
Mary
Signpost to Murder (1965)
Molly Thomas
A New Kind of Love (1963)
Samantha Blake
The Stripper (1963)
Lila Green
Paris Blues (1961)
Lillian Corning
From the Terrace (1960)
Mary St. John Eaton
The Fugitive Kind (1960)
Carol Cutrere
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1959)
Grace Bannerman
The Sound and the Fury (1959)
Quentin Compson
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Clara Varner
The Big Show (1957)
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Eve White/Eve Black/Jane
No Down Payment (1957)
Leola Boone
A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
Dorothy Kingship
Count Three and Pray (1955)
Lissy

Producer (Feature Film)

Lucky Them (2014)
Executive Producer
Shepard & Dark (2013)
Executive Producer
Blind Spot (1993)
Coproducer

Sound (Feature Film)

PALE MALE (2002)
Sound Department

Director (Special)

Come Along With Me (1982)
Director

Cast (Special)

The John Garfield Story (2003)
Featuring
Robert Wagner: Hollywood's Prince Charming (1999)
The Kennedy Center Honors (1997)
Performer
A Renaissance Revisited (1996)
Paul Newman: Hollywood's Charming Rebel (1995)
Gore Vidal's Gore Vidal (1995)
The Rosemary Clooney Golden Anniversary Celebration (1995)
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (1992)
Miracle on 44th Street: A Portrait of the Actors Studio (1991)
Sanford Meisner: The Theater's Best Kept Secret (1990)
Broadway Dreamers: The Legacy of the Group Theatre (1989)
Turandot (1988)
The Joan Sutherland Anniversary Gala (1987)
Dialogues of the Carmelites (1987)
Carmen (1987)
Die Fledermaus (1986)
Katherine Anne Porter: The Eye of Memory (1986)
Le Nozze di Figaro (1986)
Lohengrin (1986)
The Long Night of Lady Day (1986)
Host
Born America: A March of Dimes Television Event (1986)
Philip Johnson: A Self Portrait (1986)
Host
Private Conversations: The Making of the Television Adaptation of "Death of a Salesman" With Dustin Hoffman (1985)
Candida (1983)
Candida Morell
Georgia O'Keeffe (1977)
Host ("American Masters")
Little Women (1976)
The John Denver Special (1976)

Writer (Special)

Come Along With Me (1982)
Writer

Producer (Special)

Our Town (2003)
Executive Producer
Broadway Dreamers: The Legacy of the Group Theatre (1989)
Producer

Special Thanks (Special)

Come Along With Me (1982)
Writer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Empire Falls (2005)
Sybil (1976)

Life Events

1952

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1982

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

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

Hosted "Live at the Met" on PBS

1986

Served as host for the PBS series "American Masters"

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

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"

1993

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

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

Directed "La Ronde" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

1997

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

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

Photo Collections

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958), starring Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Burl Ives, and directed by Richard Brooks.
A Fine Madness - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for A Fine Madness (1966), starring Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward, and Jean Seberg. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
A Big Hand for the Little Lady - Movie Poster
Here is an original American movie poster for A Big Hand for the Little Lady (1966), starring Henry Fonda, Joanne Woodward, and Jason Robards, Jr.
The Sound and the Fury - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for The Sound and the Fury (1959), starring Joanne Woodward and Yul Brynner. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Count Three and Pray - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Count Three and Pray (1955), starring Van Heflin and Joanne Woodward. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
A Kiss Before Dying - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from A Kiss Before Dying (1956), starring Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Long, Hot Summer - Movie Poster
Here is a Half-Sheet movie poster from Columbia Pictures' The Long, Hot Summer (1958), starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Videos

Movie Clip

Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - If Certain Details Were Omitted Characters discussed but never seen before the murder (disguised as suicide) of Dory (Joanne Woodward), George MacReady her father, Virginia Leith her sister, Howard Petrie the police chief and Jeffrey Hunter, whom we have met, as the college tutor and weirdly, we learn, also part-time cop Gordon, with the culprit (Robert Wagner as “Bud” Corliss) lurking in Tucson’s El Presidio Park, in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Fugitive Kind, The (1960) - You Afraid I'll Snitch? Joanne Woodward as wayward heiress Carol Cutrere blows into a tiny Mississippi downtown (in a new-ish Jaguar XK), having recognized Marlon Brando as drifter “Snakeskin”, Maureen Stapleton as his new friend Vee, helping him land a job in the general store, Emory Richardson as the odd “Uncle Blessing,”in The Fugitive Kind, 1960, from Tennessee Williams’ play, directed by Sidney Lumet.
Fugitive Kind, The (1960) - She Made A Mistake About Me After an evening with unglued local heiress Carol, Marlon Brando as drifter-musician “Snakeskin” Xavier introduces himself to Anna Magnani (who got top billing in the Italian release) as “Lady” Torrance, wife of the ailing owner of the general store, looking for work, at least, in The Fugitive Kind, 1960, directed by Sidney Lumet from a Tennessee Williams play.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - He Knew I Was Lying Following the credits and almost all in one take (by career A-D Gerd Oswald in his first outing as a director) college man Bud (Robert Wagner) has a slippery attitude already in place as well-to-do townie girlfriend Dorothy (Joanne Woodward) tells him she's pregnant, in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956.
Kiss Before Dying, A (1956) - Always The Girls' Fault Shiftless B-M-O-C Bud (Robert Wagner) meets pregnant girlfriend, whom he calls "Doree" (Joanne Woodward), who wants to set a wedding date, still playing it cagey, and maybe taking a stab at accidentally killing her (?), early in A Kiss Before Dying, 1956, from the Ira Levin novel.
Paris Blues (1961) - Open, Take The A Train "Take The A Train" is the number with Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier pretending to play in the opening to the pretty-much all Duke Ellington jazz movie Paris Blues, 1961, directed by Martin Ritt, also starring Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll.
Paris Blues (1961) - Mood Indigo Eddie (Sidney Poitier) conducts Lillian (Joanne Woodward) and Connie (Diahann Carroll) into "Marie's Cave" where band-mate Ram (Paul Newman) sets the hook with Ellington's "Mood Indigo" in Paris Blues, 1961.
Paris Blues (1961) - Wild Man Moore Jazz ex-pat Ram (Paul Newman) arrives to meet "Wild Man Moore" (Louis Armstrong) at the train and is pleased to encounter tourists Connie (Diahann Carroll) and Lillian (Joanne Woodward) in Martin Ritt's Paris Blues, 1961.
No Down Payment (1957) - Born At The Right Time At the barbecue Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens are new arrivals David and Jean, all are accustomed to Tony Randall (as Jerry) drinking, Barbara Rush, Sheree North, Patricia Owens and Joanne Woodward as spouses, Cameron Mitchell as Troy, Pat Hingle the host Herm, in the suburban exposè No Down Payment, 1957.
No Down Payment (1957) - Open, Serving All Of Southern California Pretty fascinating as a record of early suburban LA, interstates and roads around Pacific Palisades, Martin Ritt directing Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens in the car, Cameron Mitchell, Joanne Woodward, Tony Randall, Sheree North, Barbara Rush among their neighbors-to-be leaving church, opening No Down Payment, 1957.
No Down Payment (1957) - This Is A Snap The first full go-round of the four suburban couples, Pat Hingle and Barbara Rush greet new neighbors Jeffrey Hunter and Patricia Owens, observed by Sheree North, then Joanne Woodward with spouse Cameron Mitchell, Tony Randall the last to appear, Martin Ritt directing from the novel by John McPartland, in No Down Payment, 1957.
Fine Madness, A (1966) - Poems Taking Shape Having just evaded another pack of bill collectors, struggling New York poet Samson Shillitoe (Sean Connery) flees to the apartment where, he discovers, his wife Rhoda (Joanne Woodward), isn't ready to join his escape, in A Fine Madness, 1966.

Trailer

Promo

Family

Wade Woodward
Father
Former state educator turned publishing executive. 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.
Elinor Terese Newman
Daughter
Environmentalist. Born on April 8, 1959; launched organic division of father's company Newman's Own in 1993.
Melissa Stewart Newman
Daughter
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.
Claire Olivia Newman
Daughter
Born in 1965.

Companions

Paul Newman
Husband
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.

Bibliography

"Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward"
Joe Morella and Edward Z Epstein, Delacorte (1989)

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.