Joanne Woodward Fast Facts
Here's a look at the life of Oscar-wining actress Joanne Woodward.
Personal: Birth date: February 27, 1930
Birthplace: Thomasville, Georgia
Birth name: Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward
Father: Wade, a school administrator and publishing executive
Mother: Elinor Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward, bomb factory worker
Marriage: Paul Newman (January 29, 1958-September 26, 2008, his death)
Children: with Paul Newman: Claire (April 20, 1965), Melissa (September 27, 1961), Elinor "Nell"( April 8, 1959)
Stepchildren: Stephanie (1954), Susan (1953), Scott (1950-1978)
Education: Louisiana State University, 1947-1949, Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., 1990
Other Facts: Her fifty-year marriage to Paul Newman began with a small wedding, in a private bungalow at the El Rancho Vegas, a hotel and casino in Las Vegas.
She has four Academy Award nominations and one win and nine Emmy nominations and three wins.
In addition to acting on stage, screen and television, Woodward is also a writer, and stage and screen producer and director. One of her productions is the made-for-TV movie "Our Town" starring her husband.
In film, Newman directed his wife in five productions, appeared with her in 12, and produced seven. For the movie "Harry and Son", he wrote, directed, produced and starred opposite her.
She wore a dress she had sewn herself to the 1958 Oscars.
Timeline: December 15, 1939 - Nine year old Joanne and her mother attend the premiere of "Gone with the Wind" in Atlanta.
1952 - First job in television, "The Bitter Storm", an episode of "Tales of Tomorrow".
February 19, 1953-April 10, 1954 - Understudy to both the lead and supporting actress in the play "Picnic", in which Paul Newman plays a supporting character and understudy for the male lead.
October 1955 - "Count Three and Pray" premieres, Woodward's movie debut.
March 26, 1958 - She wins Academy Award for Best Actress for portraying the true story of a woman with multiple personalities in "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957).
May 18, 1958 - First film with Paul Newman, "The Long Hot Summer", is released.
December 20, 1972 - "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" (1972) premieres in New York. The film is directed by Paul Newman and co-stars their daughter Elinor, under the name Nell Potts. Woodward wins the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival the following year.
1978 - Wins an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special Emmy for "See How She Runs".
1985 - Wins Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special Emmy for " Do You Remember Love".
1990 - Wins Emmy for Outstanding Informational Special as Executive Producer of "Broadway's Dreamers: The Legacy of the Group Theater" which aired on PBS
May 25, 1990 - Earns Liberal Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College, graduating with youngest daughter Claire. Paul Newman is the commencement speaker.
1991 - Newman's Own, donates $1 million to Sarah Lawrence College to create the Joanne Woodward Chair in Public Policy.
1992 - Kennedy Center Honoree
June 2001-2005 - Woodward is the Artistic Director of the Westport Country Playhouse.
December 2008 - Appears in A Christmas Carol at the Westport Country Playhouse, in Connecticut.
May 2013 - 66th Cannes Film Festival's festival poster is the publicity poster from "A New Kind of Love," (1963), a shot of Newman and Woodward kissing.
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