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A NEW KIND OF LOVE: Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman

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A NEW KIND OF LOVE: Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman
“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.” – JOANNE WOODWARD Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman met in 1953 while both were working in the Broadway production of Picnic. In 1957 they made their first screen appearance together in the film The Long, Hot Summer. They married on January 29, 1958 in Las Vegas at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas. They were together until Newman passed away in 2008 of lung cancer at the age of eighty-three. “Joanne has always given me unconditional support in all my choices and endeavours, and that includes my race car… Read more

“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.”JOANNE WOODWARD

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman met in 1953 while both were working in the Broadway production of Picnic. In 1957 they made their first screen appearance together in the film The Long, Hot Summer. They married on January 29, 1958 in Las Vegas at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas. They were together until Newman passed away in 2008 of lung cancer at the age of eighty-three.

“Joanne has always given me unconditional support in all my choices and endeavours, and that includes my race car driving, which she deplores. To me, that’s love.”PAUL NEWMAN

Films

The Long, Hot Summer (1958, Martin Ritt)
Rally ’Round the Flag, Boys! (1958, Leo McCarey)
From the Terrace (1960, Mark Robson)
Paris Blues (1961, Martin Ritt)
A New Kind of Love (1963, Melville Shavelson)
Winning (1969, James Goldstone)
WUSA (1970, Stuart Rosenberg)
The Drowning Pool (1975, Stuart Rosenberg)
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990, James Ivory)
Empire Falls (2005, Fred Schepisi)

“Very often you have to work with someone you don’t know, and part of truth on screen is having the truth of a relationship and being comfortable with someone. It’s very hard to manufacture. If you’ve never met someone and you have to be intimate with them, and I don’t just mean sexual intimacy but comfortable touching somebody or interrupting their sentences, and that’s built in if you are married to somebody. All the history you would have to work on is all just there.”WOODWARD

Directed by Newman, starring Woodward

Rachel, Rachel (1968)
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972) (also starring their daughter, Nell Potts)
The Shadow Box (1980)
Harry & Son (1984) (co-starring Newman)
The Glass Menagerie (1987)

In 1958 when Woodward won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Three Faces of Eve (1957). Newman won an Honorary Oscar in 1986 and then his first Lead Actor Oscar in 1987 for The Color of Money (1986). In 1994 the Academy gave him the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

“Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?”NEWMAN (on staying faithful in their marriage)

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