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Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Newman (Woodward)

Birthplace: Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Heywood Wade Woodward, Jr. and Eleanor Gignilliat Woodward
Widow of Paul Newman
Mother of Private; Private; Private and Private
Sister of Wade Woodward, III

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About Joanne Woodward

Actress, director, producer, philanthropist, and an artistic director for Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut.

Joanne's description of being married Paul: "Being married to the most considerate, romantic man".

Source: "Paul Newman and wife Joanne celebrate 50 years of marriage",, 1/29/2008.

Joanne on love and marriage: "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."

Source: Simran Khurana,

Paul about Joanne's concerns about his racecar driving: "Joanne fell out of bed the other night and broke her collarbone. As she lay on the ground, I said to her, 'I'm not going to listen to any more complaining about my racing!' "

Source: Nancy Griffin, "Newman's Luck",, 6/2005.

Joanne Gignilliat Woodward is an American actress and television and theatrical producer.

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. 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.

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, 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.

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


In 1958, Woodward won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Three Faces of Eve. 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.

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Joanne Woodward's Timeline

February 27, 1930
Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, United States