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Joanne Woodward

from the trailer for The Stripper (1963)
Born Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward
February 27, 1930 (1930-02-27) (age 79)
Thomasville, Georgia,
United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955–present
Spouse(s) Paul Newman (1958–2008; his death)

Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward (born February 27, 1930) is an American actress. Woodward is also a television and theatrical producer.

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Early life

Woodward was born in Thomasville, Georgia, daughter of Elinor Gignilliat (née Trimmier) and Wade Woodward, Jr., who at one point was vice president of publisher Charles Scribner's Sons.[1][2] Her middle name, "Gignilliat", originates from distant Huguenot ancestry.[3] She was influenced to become an actress by her mother's love of movies.[3] Her mother named her after Joan Crawford, using the Southern pronunciation of the name - "Joanne".[3] Attending the premiere of Gone with the Wind in Atlanta, nine-year-old Woodward rushed out into the parade of stars and sat on the lap of Laurence Olivier, star Vivien Leigh's husband. She eventually worked with Olivier in 1979, in a television production of Come Back, Little Sheba.

Woodward lived in Thomasville until she was in the second grade. Her family relocated to Marietta, Georgia. They moved once again when she was a junior in high school, after her parents divorced.[3] She graduated from Greenville High School in 1947, in Greenville, South Carolina. Woodward won many beauty contests as a teenager. She appeared in theatrical productions at Greenville High and in Greenville's Little Theatre, playing Laura Wingfield in their staging of The Glass Menagerie directed by Robert Hemphill McLane. She returned to Greenville in 1976 to play Amanda Wingfield in another Little Theatre production of The Glass Menagerie. She had also returned in 1955 for the premiere of her debut movie, Count Three And Pray, at the Paris Theatre on North Main Street.

Woodward majored in drama at Louisiana State University, where she was an initiate of Chi Omega sorority, then headed to New York City to perform on the stage.[3]

Career

Early career

Woodward's first film was a post-Civil War western, Count Three and Pray, in 1955. She continued to move between Hollywood and Broadway, eventually, understudying in the New York production of Picnic which featured Paul Newman.[3] The two were married in 1958 after their work together in the film The Long, Hot Summer. By that time, Woodward had starred in The Three Faces of Eve, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.[3]

Films with Paul Newman

Newman and Woodward from the trailer for A New Kind of Love (1963)

She appeared with husband Paul Newman in ten featured films:

Both appeared in the HBO miniseries Empire Falls but had no scenes together.

She starred in five films that Newman directed or produced but in which he did not star:

Later career

Woodward has continued to act, in such films as Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams and Philadelphia (1993) in which she played the mother to Tom Hanks' character,[3] and in television. She appeared in the television films Sybil, opposite Sally Field, and Crisis at Central High. She was the narrator for Martin Scorsese's screen version of The Age of Innocence.

Woodward was a co-producer and starred in a 1993 broadcast of the play Blind Spot, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie. She was executive producer of the 2003 television production of Our Town, featuring Newman as the stage manager (for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.) She wrote the teleplay and directed a 1982 production of Shirley Jackson's story Come Along with Me, for which husband Newman provided the voice of the character Hughie under the screen name of P. L. Neuman.

Woodward is the artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse.[3]

She recorded a reading of singer John Mellencamp's song "The Real Life" for his box set On the Rural Route 7609.

Personal life

Joanne was rumored to have been engaged to author Gore Vidal prior to marrying Paul Newman, however there was no real engagement, Vidal later claimed it was a stunt to attract Paul Newman's attention. She shared a house with Vidal in Los Angeles for a short time and remained friends. Woodward married Paul Newman on February 2, 1958.[4] They had three daughters: Elinor Teresa (1959; known on screen as Nell Potts and generally as Nell Newman), Melissa "Lissy" Stewart (1961), and Claire "Clea" Olivia (1965). She lives in Westport, Connecticut, but the Newmans were extremely private about their personal life. Newman occasionally ventured to California, but Woodward refused to go west for many years. Paul Newman died of cancer on September 26, 2008, aged 83. The couple have two grandchildren.

In 1990, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College alongside her daughter, Clea.[3]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1955 Count Three and Pray Lissy
1956 A Kiss Before Dying Dorothy ('Dorie') Kingship
1957 The Three Faces of Eve Eve White / Eve Black / Jane Academy Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
No Down Payment Leola Boone Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
1958 The Long, Hot Summer Clara Varner
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Grace Oglethorpe Bannerman
1959 The Sound and the Fury Quentin Compson/Narrator
The Fugitive Kind Carol Cutrere San Sebastián International Film Festival Zulueta Prize for Best Actress
1960 From the Terrace Mary St. John/Mrs. Alfred Eaton
1961 Paris Blues Lillian Corning
1963 The Stripper Lila Green
A New Kind of Love Samantha (Sam) Blake/Mimi Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1964 Signpost to Murder Molly Thomas
1966 A Big Hand for the Little Lady Mary
A Fine Madness Rhoda Shillitoe
1968 Rachel, Rachel Rachel Cameron Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1969 Winning Elora Capua
1970 WUSA Geraldine
1971 They Might Be Giants Dr. Mildred Watson
All the Way Home Mary Follet TV
1972 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Beatrice Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1973 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Rita Walden BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1975 The Drowning Pool Iris Devereaux
1976 Sybil Dr. Cornelia B. Wilbur TV
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1977 Come Back, Little Sheba Lola Delaney TV
1978 See How She Runs Betty Quinn TV
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
The End Jessica Lawson
A Christmas to Remember Mildred McCloud TV
1979 The Streets of L.A. Carol Schramm TV
1980 The Shadow Box Beverly TV
1981 Crisis at Central High Elizabeth Huckaby TV
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1982 Candida Candida TV
1984 Harry & Son Lilly
Passions Catherine Kennerly TV
1985 Do You Remember Love Barbara Wyatt-Hollis TV
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1986 Women - for America, for the World Short documentary
1987 The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge India Bridge Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
1993 Foreign Affairs Vinnie Miner TV
Blind Spot Nell Harrington TV
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
The Age of Innocence Narrator (voice)
Philadelphia Sarah Beckett
1994 Breathing Lessons Maggie Moran TV
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1996 Even If a Hundred Ogres... Narrator (voice)
2005 Empire Falls Francine Whiting TV
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

Awards

In 1958, Woodward won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Three Faces of Eve.[3] She was nominated for Best Actress in 1969 for Rachel, Rachel, in 1974 for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, and in 1991 for Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. She was named Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival in 1974 for her performance in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.

Woodward won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie, for See How She Runs (1978) as a divorced teacher who trains for a marathon, and in Do You Remember Love? (1985) as a professor who begins to suffer from Alzheimer's disease. She has been nominated an additional five times for her roles on television.

On February 9, 1960, Joanne Woodward became the first performer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

References

Further reading

  • Morella, Joe; and Epstein, Edward Z. (1988). Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. New York, NY: Delacorte Press. ISBN 9780440500049. OCLC 18016049.  
  • Netter, Susan (1989). Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. London, England: Piatkus. ISBN 9780861888696. OCLC 19778734.  

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Joanne Woodward
Born Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward
February 27, 1930 (1930-02-27) (age 80)
Thomasville, Georgia, USA
Spouse Paul Newman (1958-present)
Awards NBR Award for Best Actress
1957 The Three Faces of Eve ; No Down Payment
NYFCC Award for Best Actress
1968 Rachel, Rachel
1973 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
Best Actress Award - Cannes Film Festival
1973 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward (born February 27, 1930) is an American actress. She has won an Academy Award, Golden Globe awards, Emmy awards and a Cannes award. She is the widow of Paul Newman, who was also an actor. Woodward is also a television and theatrical producer.

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