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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Born Today- Joanne Woodward. True bio.

Joanne Woodward biography

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Happy Birthday! Joanne Woodward is 84 today.

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Quick Facts

  • NAME: Joanne Woodward
  • OCCUPATION: Film Actress
  • BIRTH DATE: February 27, 1930 (Age: 84)
  • EDUCATION: Louisiana State University
  • PLACE OF BIRTH: Thomasville, Georgia
  • Full Name: Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward
  • ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces

Best Known For

Joanne Woodward is an award-winning American actress best known for her roles in The Three Faces of Eve (1957), Rachel Rachel (1968) and Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973). Woodward is the widow of actor Paul Newman.


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Joanne Woodward is an American actress born on February 27, 1930 in Thomasville, Georgia. Woodward made her first TV appearance in 1952 and worked in theatre, where she met future husband, Paul Newman. Woodward won a Best Actress Academy Award for The Three Faces of Eve (1957), and then co-starred with her husband in a string of films over the next few decades. Emmy Awards wins included See How She Runs (1978) and Do You Remember Love?


"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
(1985). Woodward continued to collaborate with Paul Newman until his death in 2008.

Early Life

Actress Joanne Woodward was born in Thomasville, Georgia, on February 27, 1930. During her long career, she has excelled at playing a broad range of roles, from a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder to a stripper to a spinster schoolteacher. Some of her strongest performances were done in collaboration with her late husband, actor and director Paul Newman. The pair was one of Hollywood's most devoted and remarkable couples.
Growing up, Woodward lived in Georgia and South Carolina. Her father, Wade Woodward, worked as a school administrator for a time. Her mother, Elinor Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward, was considered an avid movie buff. She has one older brother, Wade Jr.
In her early years, Woodward won several beauty pageants, but her true passion was acting. She performed in plays during high school and attended Louisiana State University as an acting major from 1947 to 1949. When her father got a job with a publishing company, she moved with her family to New York City. There Woodward pursued a career in acting. She studied at the Actor’s Studio and the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Partnership with Paul Newman

In 1952, Woodward made her first television appearance on an episode of Robert Montgomery Presents entitled "Penny." She tried out for roles on the stage, becoming an understudy during the run of the William Inge's comedy Picnic in the early 1950s. There she met her future husband Paul Newman.

Woodward continued to act on television, appearing in such shows as Philco Playhouse and Studio One. Soon signed by Twentieth Century-Fox, she made her film debut in Count Three and Pray (1955). Woodward played a strong-willed orphan in this dramatic western. For her next role, she starred in A Kiss Before Dying (1956) as an heiress who is pursued by a college student (Robert Wagner) who will stop at nothing to win her over.

The following year, Woodward astounded audiences and critics alike with her stellar performance in The Three Faces of Eve (1957). She portrayed a woman with three distinct personalities — a southern housewife, a vixen, and a normal young woman — and gave each their own unique voices and gestures. For her work on the film, Woodward won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Around this time, Woodward was engaged in a relationship with actor Paul Newman. The two married in January 1958 after his divorce from his first wife was finalized. In addition to building a life together off-screen, the couple starred in their first of many collaborations that year.