Sunday, January 25, 2015

HEALTHWATCH: JOANNE WOODWARD

Hollywood legend Joanne Woodward is nearing her final days after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease according to reports by the Associated Press. The 84-year-old film legend and widow of actor, the late Paul Newman's deteriorating health issues became more evident and concerning for friends and fans after Woodward was a no show recently at a scheduled appearance a the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut.

Taking Woodward's place was her daughter Clea Newman. It was revealed that soon after the event started and it was evident that Joanne was unable to attend that friends and fans began realizing that Woodward's health was the cause of her absence. The Associated Press also revealed that Woodward is being cared for in her home in Westport by her daughter Melissa.Woodward is best known for long Hollywood film career and her Oscar win for her role in the 1957 film “The Three Faces of Eve."

Joanne, who is ravaged by Alzheimer’s disease, hasn’t been seen at public events since early 2013.Woodward married Newman in 1958 and share three daughters, Nell Newman, Melissa Newman, Claire Olivia Newman. Joanne Woodward began her log running Hollywood film career in 1955. During this time she continued her career move between Hollywood and Broadway, before becoming the understudy in the production of Picnic, which featured Paul Newman.

Newman and Woodward met and fell in love on the set and later married in 1958 after their work together in the film "The Long, Hot Summer." Throughout their career's Joanne and Paul appeared alongside each other in ten films. Woodward also starred in five feature films directed by her late husband Paul Newman. Newman married Woodward on February 2, 1958, in Las Vegas and remained married for 50 years until Newman's death from lung cancer in 2008.

Woodward's friends and fans are wishing her and her family comfort and peace throughout her final days....


45 comments:

  1. I always remember Paul Newman's answer to a question about ever cheating on his wife: "Why go out for a hamburger when you have steak at home?". That was a love match if there ever was one.

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  2. Joanne is not the only one. Italian actress Monica Vitti, is the same age and seemingly has had Alzheimers for the last 15 years and has not been seen in public for a long time. She was of course the star of those Antonioni classics like L'Avventura and L'Eclisse, defining early 1960s chic, before becoming a popular comedienne in the 60s and 70s, with films like Modesty Blaise. We worry about her too.

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    1. Ok, but this article is about Joanne Woodward.

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    2. Thanks Michael, I did not know that....and of course we can hold her in our hearts as well. Boogers, your not so nice.....

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  3. So sad to see this post. I had not heard she was in ill health. Thoughts and prayers be with her daughters and extended family and friends.

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  4. Such a lovely young woman, and a gifted actress. Terribly sorry to hear that she is fading. I loved those old films she made.

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  5. Paul and Joanne 3 daughter s should hold there heads In discrace ! Paul left them $5million each and now there fighting over fear Joanne will give the rest of the money to charity well fingers crossed joeann leaves then zero Hold Your Heads In what greedy Girls uh you 3 are !shame shame shame when there's starving homeless people ...
    Thank you Joeanne for all your wonderful movies you are one of the best Actress ever much love and blessings Joeanne πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ˜‡

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    1. I would like further info on the money squabble. Cab you give me your source?

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    2. Either Paul Newman was or was not bisexual. The world keeps spinning either way. People who really care what anyone else thinks about them should proceed to cure themselves of that habit. At that point they then make a rational choice. Work in the film industry. Or don't. Same dilemma that confronted Lauren Bacall. Be Lauren or be Betty. Be Lauren or be unemployed.

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  6. I seriously doubt their daughters are fighting over money.
    Did not know Joanne was ill, think of them often, and if true, am sure
    Joanne took care of business before this happened......they were great
    people.

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  7. And here we are, almost a year on and, as far as I know, Joanne is still with us. Not the Joanne we knew, but still the Joanne her fans love, or so I assume anyway. IMHO it would be most respectful to her to write her obituary Γ‘fter her passing, after all, as far as I know both Joanne and Paul were very private people.

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  8. Good & best wishes to a very classy lady! As far as being Gore Vidal's roommate as "bait" to nail Paul Newman! I have news for everyone, Gore, along with Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen & many, many more had sampled Newman's "best" & I'm not talking about his salad dressings either! Read Marlon Brando's book in case you need clarification! It was common knowledge in Hollyweird that Paul. Newman was a very prolific "switch hitter"! But, a great actor & a human being too! I hope Joanne joins Paul & Paul's son who committed suicide will be at peace soon, without too much pain & agony!

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    1. Wow, how totally inappropriate.

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    2. Total bulls*t. Are you a reader of books by Darwin Porter?

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    3. Why would you write that on this nice page to the Newmans. Jealous of what they have and had and you don't. No class at all. Keep it classy like they are. And keep your dirty thoughts to yourself. If we want to know this junk we will research it ourselves. This is just plain ugly and mean.

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    4. You're a real lowlife for posting such disgusting comments on this site.

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    5. Tellitlikeitis - There is an old saying; "If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all." I've never met a 'perfect/flawless' person in my entire life since none of us are perfect. To speak venomous gossip, especially about the deceased, is a very low and cowardly act. Whoever you are, I feel sorry for you.

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    6. A lowlife to wrote such a thing.
      Newman and Woodward a great pairing.
      So sorry she has Alzheimer's.

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    7. There is something wrong with you.

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    8. We've heard that too.

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    9. I always loved the Newman's....period....none of the hearsay matters to me

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  9. I have wondered what happened to Ms Woodward and now I know...so sorry to hear this. Glad to know she is being looked after by her daughter. God bless.

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  10. Alzheimer's does not mean a person is dying anytime soon. Sure , you may not exactly be one hundred percent of what you were, so what! Give sweet Joanne a break! She will still be a loving, charming , classy woman!

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  11. I always remember Joanne's answer to a question about the longevity of their marriage. Her answer, "Humor. He makes me laugh."

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  12. Paul Newman was one of the best looking actors in memory and his acting was superb. He and Joanne made a beautiful couple, complimenting one another. I wish the best for Joanne and pray the rest of her journey will be easy on her. I'll forever remember them both.

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    1. Joanne Woodward I have long respected your talent, your enduring marriage and your feisty unique spirit. I confess now that I wished that you and Paul had met and married sooner. My fantasy was that perhaps I would have been your child. After all I was born in the 50's too.
      Thank you for your example and your inspiration. Your work and lives have touched so many including me over the course of the years.

      May you continue to walk in God's light and peace. Blessings to you and your family.

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    2. Robyn, Do you live in Australia? I think we might have talked about our fondness for Joanne a long time ago.

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  13. Ms. Woodward, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with you, your lovely girls, and the rest of your family.

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  14. The most wonderful couple! I spoke to a actor who worked with Paul and who said he treated him like his son.I wish all the family the best and warmth from across the world.xxx

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  15. From the age of eight and seeing WOODWARD in the THREE FACES OF EVE. I was tken by wonderful acting and ever since then she was my very favorite of all time.

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  16. Joanne--such a special actress with an endearing quality. Will not ever forget her great artistry. All best wishes --the guardian angels will see you through with love and compassion.

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  17. Paul Newman actually saved my marriage. I was married briefly at one time and never intended to remarry until my friend, who was a widower, ask me to marry him. I did, but things started to fall apart. I heard Paul answer a question about his marriage, where he said that people don't try of fix things anymore. Mixers,toaster, marriages. Made me think. My husband and I were happy for 21 years until he died of a heart condition.

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    1. What a beautiful story ..... Condolences on the loss of our husband.

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  18. MW
    When Paul Newman died, I remember reading something Joanne Woodward said. She said, "Looks fade, sex fades, but if you have someone who can still make you laugh after fifty years, well, then you've really got something." Perfect, Joanne W., thank you, peace.

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  19. I have always liked the both of them. Loved there films and soon they will be together again.

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  20. I lived in Westport, CT for many years. When I first moved there, my phone number was "one off" from the Newmans, i.e. 227 instead of 226. As a result, I got a number of phone calls meant for the Newmans, but it wasn't until a lovely lady called Mrs. Carter started calling and actually having conversations with me did I realize that Mrs. Carter was Joanne Woodward's mother. She was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's at the time and couldn't get that she wasn't calling the Newman's house. We had lovely long chats and she even invited me to tea. I never went since I realized if I really showed up she wouldn't remember having invited me since she never remembered calling me from one time to the next. She was a lovely woman, as is her daughter. I wish Ms. Woodward all the best. They were lovely neighbors in Westport, classy people and talented in their craft. I miss them.

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    1. Oh Mary, How delightful to talk to Mrs. Carter . It must have made her very happy to talk to you .
      What a nice thing to happen and you'll have memories of she and the Newmans forever.

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    2. What a great story ty for sharing

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    3. Mary, What a wonderful thing to experiance. You're very lucky. Do you still live in CT?

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  21. This is always sad for me, to see someone I so admire at this final stage of life. All the young actresses I loved not so long ago are now leaving the stage. Angie Dickenson, Joann, others. I remember them in all the radiance of their youth, and beauty. Joann especially, for me, partly because, like her, I am a southerner, always thought she embodied what is best about being "a southern lady." Graceful, full of fire, beautiful. I've always loved Joann, and wish her the best now, and her family. I still see her and Paul together in the Long Hot Summer, when it was all beginning. What a great couple they were.

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  22. Joanne Woodward is one of the greatest actresses of our time- thoughts and prayers sent to her and her family- and many thanks for all the great works that entertained us

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  23. Joanne and Paul were extremely gifted and talented actors. Loved watching them in the movies. It's not often you hear about actors being married for life and I applaud them, great role models. Wish others in Hollywood would take their lead in finding a partner that they love, instead of marrying for money. My father died of Alzheimer's and had it from the age of 63 through till 79 so it can last a long time. Hope they can find a cure for this terrible debilitating disease in my lifetime. Thank you Joanne and Paul for giving us a lifetime of entertainment and supporting the causes of disabled and sick children around the world.

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  24. You do know that Paul Newman was married once before, I hope. He left his wife (with three children) to marry Joanne. Her name is Jacqueline Witte, and she was an actress who lived in Beloit. They were married for ten years. In those days, the big studios did not tell you certain secrets,fearing that the fickle public would not accept the fact.
    It did not faze me; it's tough to be a star and to remain married. Paul Newman regretted what he did, but it happened.

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