Joanne Woodward

American actress

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.

Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward in 1960
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward

(1930-02-27) February 27, 1930 (age 94)
SpousePaul Newman (m. 1958–2008, his death)
ChildrenNell, Melissa, Claire
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actress
1957 The Three Faces of Eve
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1973 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
Emmy Award for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
1978 See How She Runs
1985 Do You Remember Love
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1958 The Three Faces of Eve
1969 Rachel, Rachel
Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
1995 Breathing Lessons
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
1986 Lifetime Achievement
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1994 Breathing Lessons
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
1957 The Three Faces of Eve ; No Down Payment
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
1968 Rachel, Rachel
1973 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
1990 Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
Prix d'interprétation féminineCannes Film Festival
1973 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Early life


Woodward was born in Thomasville, Georgia.[1] Her middle names, "Gignilliat Trimmier", are of Huguenot origin.[2]

She wanted to become an actress because of her mother's love of movies.[2] Her mother named her for Joan Crawford, using the Southern pronunciation of the name – "Joanne".[2] She went to the premiere of Gone with the Wind in Atlanta, when she was nine years old. During the parade of stars, she ran over and sat on the lap of Laurence Olivier. He was the romantic partner of a star in the movie, Vivien Leigh. The couple later married.

Woodward lived in Thomasville until she was in the second grade, when her family moved to Marietta, Georgia. They moved once again when she was a junior in high school, after her parents divorced.[2] She graduated from Greenville High School in Greenville, South Carolina in 1947.

Woodward won many beauty contests as a teenager. She appeared in theatrical productions at Greenville High and in Greenville's Little Theatre. She played a major role in The Glass Menagerie, directed by Robert Hemphill McLane at the Little Theatre. She returned to Greenville in 1976, to play a starring role in another Little Theatre production of The Glass Menagerie. She had first returned in 1955 for the premiére of her first movie, Count Three And Pray, at the Paris Theatre on North Main Street. Woodward majored in drama at Louisiana State University. She then moved to New York City to perform on the stage.[2]



In 2007, Woodward was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.[3]


  1. "Joanne Woodward". Film Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Joanne Woodward". Inside the Actors Studio. Season 9. Episode 15. 2003-05-11. Bravo.
  3. Olsen, Mark (2022-07-22). "Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were movie stars for 50 years. A new doc explains how". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-08-01.

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