Tuesday, May 22, 2018

HEALTHWATCH: JOANNE WOODWARD UPDATE

Alzheimer's Disease has robbed actress Joanne Woodward of her fondest memories while her family feuds over her billion dollar estate.

Sadly, Joanne Woodward's health is slipping quickly due to the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman were inseparable from 1958 until 2008, when Newman passed away at the age of 83 from cancer. They met in 1958, according to Life & Times of Hollywood, when they co-starred in the classic film "The Long, Hot Summer."

Today, it’s reported that 88-year-old Woodward has all memories of Paul from her fight with Alzheimer's Disease. Newman left his billions to his wife and charities but gave just $5 million to each of his children. A source close to the family was quoted as saying her "health is rapidly deteriorating, and only once in a while states that she used to be married to someone handsome."

Shortly after Newman passed in 2008, Woodward started to first exhibit signs of Alzheimer's. The couple’s daughters began noticing that their mother was frequently disoriented. The disease grew worse, and she now requires 24-7 care. She rarely speaks and seldom recognizes her children or grandchildren.


Early in the disease, Woodward's daughters were having their mother treated during a drug trial at Yale University's Adler Geriatric Assessment Center. But, now the family feels that at this point the disease has reached the point of no return and that Joanne will soon be reaching her end.This is not the only sad news for the Newman/Woodward children.

Woodward’s illness has precipitated a family battle other over Newman's billion-dollar estate. Just before his death, he gave each of his five daughters, three with Woodward and two from his first marriage, $5 million each for their inheritance. Newman believed that his children were all successful and didn’t need the family money. The majority of his estate was left to Joanne and various charities.

Newman's children are apparently not happy with their father's decision. They’re concerned about whether Joanne included them in her will. They think she could leave them nothing and donate the billion-dollar estate to charity. There’s no word on what Woodward decided to do with the estate, but some speculate that the five Newman children are fighting over the cash and could contest their mom’s will after her death...

6 comments:

  1. So sad. The pictures that you included are wonderful, though. Thank you for the update.

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  2. How sad. I don't know whether Joanne's health is the sadder news, or the children fighting for her money.

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    1. yup. People change....and the PROMISE of money...oh boy! I've heard of lifelong friendships get tossed out of the window....families 'torn apart'. In the case of Paul and Joann, I don't think that anyone was critical of their children as they successfully maneuvered into adulthood. They're middle-aged now. I hope that NONE of this is hitting her ears...as she herself has more than her own set of problems. Just sad.

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  3. I think if I was an heir and it’s worth billions I would probably contest it also. If their relationships were loving it’s what I would want for my children. Some to charities and the bulk to family.

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  4. Alzheimer's is a sad and devastating disease. But Joanne should be able to do what she wants with her and Paul's money. I don't think the children should be so greedy about money that they did not work for and was never theres to begin with.

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    1. I'm sure that both Paul and Joann went throug all options with their lawyers/management...and that whatever legal maneuvers happening now, are so much more about breaking the original signed legal wills/documents.

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