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Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward Marriage Profile


Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman in New York City on January 10, 2004.

Photo: Peter Kramer / Getty Images
The long-lasting marriage of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward was one of the most famous marriages in Hollywood. They celebrated their Golden Anniversary in January 2008.

Here is information on how they met, their wedding, children, and more.

Fast Marriage Facts - Paul and Joanne:

Wedding Date: January 29, 1958.
First Marriage: No.

Did You Know?

Paul believed the secret to a successful marriage was both patience and affection.


Paul Leonard Newman: January 26, 1925 in Cleveland (Shaker Heights), Ohio.

Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward: February 27, 1930 in Thomasville, Georgia.


Paul: September 26, 2008 at the age of 83 of lung cancer. Paul died at home in Westport, Connecticut.

How and When Paul and Joanne Met:

Joanne and Paul met in 1953 while both were working in the Broadway production of Picnic. In 1957 they worked together in the movie The Long, Hot Summer.
Paul: "She [Joanne] was modern and independent. I was shy, a bit conservative. It took me a long time to persuade her that I wasn't as dull as I looked."
Source: Shawn Levy. Paul Newman: A Life. 2010. pg. 87.

Wedding Information:

Shortly after Paul's divorce from his first wife Jackie, Joanne and Paul were married on January 29, 1958 in Las Vegas at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas. District Judge Frank McNamee performed the ceremony.

Although there is a belief that Paul wrote Joann a letter/poem on their wedding day, in reality a poem by Wilferd Arlan Peterson, The Art of Marriage was reportedly read at their wedding.

Paul's wedding gift to Joanne was a silver cup that he had inscribed with the words, "So you wound up with Apollo/If he's sometimes hard to swallow/Use this."
Source: Nancy Griffin, "Newman's Luck", AARPMagazine.org, 6/2005.
Paul about their London honeymoon: "There were no tourists to speak of and we would drive off into the country till we were lost and then check into country inns at nightfall. It felt good being married."
Source: Shawn Levy. "Paul Newman's marriage secrets revealed." DailyMail.co.uk. 5/03/2009.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward Wedding Photo


Paul and Joanne raised three daughters together. Paul had three children with his first wife, Jackie.
  • Allan Scott Newman: Born in 1950 in New York, NY. An actor, Scott died of a drug and alcohol overdose in 1978. His mother is Jackie Witte.
  • Stephanie Newman: Her mother is Jackie Witte.
  • Susan Kendall Newman: Born in 1953. Susan is an actress, producer, writer, documentary film maker, and philanthropist. Her mother is Jackie Witte.

  • Nell Potts aka Elinor Teresa Newman: Born in 1959 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is Joanne Woodward. Nell runs Newman's Own Organics business. In 2005 Nell married Welsh surfer Gary Irving.
  • Melissa Steward Newman: Born in 1961 in Hollywood, California. An actress, Melissa is married and has two children. Her mother is Joanne Woodward.
  • Claire Olivia Newman: Born in 1965. Her mother is Joanne Woodward.


Paul and Joanne lived since 1961 in Westport, Connecticut. Their stone colonial was built in 1760 and has a guesthouse they converted from a barn. Through their years together Joanne and Paul also maintained an apartment in New York City and a house in Malibu, California.


Paul: Actor, producer, writer, director, activist, racecar driver, co-owner of Newman/Haas Racing, entrepreneur, philanthropist, founder of Newman's Own and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, and developed Dressing Room restaurant. Prior to becoming an actor, Paul was in the U.S. Navy.

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

Previous Marriage:

Paul was previously married to actress Jackie Witte. Jackie and Paul met in Chicago while he was working with the Woodstock Players. They were married on December 27, 1949 and divorced in January 1958.
Shawn Levy: "'They were so young when they married,' a friend said of Newman and Jackie. 'They just grew up to be two different people.'"
Source: Shawn Levy. "Paul Newman's marriage secrets revealed." DailyMail.co.uk. 5/03/2009.
Paul: "I was probably too immature to make a success of my first marriage ... 'Guilty as hell' was how he described himself about his first marriage, adding: 'And I'll carry it with me for the rest of my life."
Source: Shawn Levy. "Paul Newman's marriage secrets revealed." DailyMail.co.uk. 5/03/2009.

Quotes about the Marriage of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman:

Joanne: "From the beginning, Paul and I had an advantage: we were good friends before we were lovers. I mean, we really liked each other. We could talk to each other. We could talk to each other, we could tell each other anything without fear of ridicule or rejection. There was trust."
Source: Shawn Levy. Paul Newman: A Life. 2010. pg. 88.

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." HelloMagazine.com. 1/29/2008.

Paul: "People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked."
Source:Yann-Brice Dherbier, Pierre-Henri Verlhac. Paul Newman: A Life in Pictures. 2006. pg. 74.

Paul on why their marriage lasted: "... because of 'great impatience tempered by patience. When you have been together this long, sometimes you drive each other nuts, but underneath that is some core of affection and respect.'"
Source: Nancy Griffin. "Newman's Luck." AARPMagazine.org. 6/2005.

Paul on the secret to their long-lasting marriage: "Patience. Affection."
Source: Donna Freydkin. "Paul and Joanne pour on the charm at NYC premiere." USAToday.com. 5/10/2005.

Joanne on the advantage of working with Paul: "Familiarity ... Very often you have to work with someone you don't know, and part of truth on screen is having the truth of a relationship and being comfortable with someone. It's very hard to manufacture. If you've never met someone and you have to be intimate with them, and I don't just mean sexual intimacy but comfortable touching somebody or interrupting their sentences, and that's built in if you are married to somebody. All the history you would have to work on is all just there."
Source: Larry Rohter. "Crossing the Bridges With the Newmans." NYTimes.com. 11/18/1990.

Paul about Joanne's support: "Joanne has always given me unconditional support in all my choices and endeavours, and that includes my race car driving, which she deplores. To me, that's love."
Source: "Paul Newman and wife Joanne celebrate 50 years of marriage." HelloMagazine.com. 1/29/2008.

Paul Newman on marriage: “I’ve repeatedly said that for people who have as little in common as Joanne and myself, we have an uncommonly good marriage. We are actors. We make pictures and that’s about all we have in common. Maybe that’s enough. Wives shouldn’t feel obligated to accompany their husbands to a ball game, husbands do look a bit silly attending morning coffee breaks with the neighborhood wives when most men are out at work. Husbands and wives should have separate interests, cultivate different sets of friends and not impose on the other ... You can’t spend a lifetime breathing down each other’s necks ... We are very, very different people and yet somehow we fed off those varied differences and instead of separating us, it has made the whole bond a lot stronger.”
Source: IMDB.com

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. Quotations.about.com

Paul about Joanne's concerns about his race car 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. a href="http://www.aarpmagazine.org/people/newmans_luck.html">"Newman's Luck."

Paul on why he never was unfaithful to Joanne: "Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?"
Source: Tiscali.co.uk

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