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Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward: My Marriage Idols

Milestones in their lives…

Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925 in Cleveland (Shaker Heights), Ohio.

Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward was born on February 27, 1930 in Thomasville, Georgia.

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.

They were married on January 29, 1958 in Las Vegas at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas. 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.”

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

Home and Family Life…

Paul and Joanne raised three daughters together. Paul had three children with his first wife, Jackie.

Allan Scott Newman: Born in 1950 inNew 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 inLos 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 have lived since 1961 in Westport, Connecticut. They have a stone colonial built in 1760 and 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.

Favorite Quotes from Paul and Joanne…

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.”

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.”

Paul on why he never was unfaithful to Joanne: “Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?”

Resource: http://marriage.about.com/od/entertainmen1/p/paulnewman.htm

Photos of the Couple…

Photo Resource: http://www.snippetandink.com/paul-newman-joanne-woodward.html/

Why I like them…

They’re old and I mean really old. They’re famous way before my time and I admit I don’t think I’ve watched any of their movies at all. But I really admire their marriage. In a world of divorce and separations, their marriage stood the test of time as proven by the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary in January 2008. Just how many couples, either from Hollywood or just us normal people, have marriages that lasted that long? I’m sure they had their own share of problems, trials, heartbreaks but in the end they’re still together, loving and caring for each other, up until his last days on earth.

And look at their photos above… the recurring theme is that they like making fools of themselves, they like having fun, they are not afraid of being silly or showing how much they love each other, they shared a love for their family. One of the photos showing a side-by-side younger version and older version of the couple have got to be one of my favorites. After all those years how can it be possible that he still looks at her with that much love, fondness, care?! I’m stumped really. I’m no skeptic but with all the broken families around I’m scared and worried… we’ll be getting married soon, I’m hoping my marriage won’t go down the drain the same way most marriages are doing now. I’m praying that we’d be together through thick and thin and everything else in between. And in the twilight of our years (if we’re ever blessed to stay together for that long), I hope I can also look back on the years we’ve spent together with much fondness and love.

 

 

 

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