Joanne Woodward

Highest Rated: 100% A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
Birthday: Feb 27, 1930
Birthplace: Thomasville, Georgia, USA
With spouse Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward comprised one of the most successful husband-and-wife tandems in Hollywood history; not only among the most acclaimed film actresses of her era, she was also highly visible as a television and theatrical performer, as well as a prominent social activist. Woodward was born February 27, 1930, in Thomasville, GA, and later acted in campus productions while attending Louisiana State University. After relocating to New York she studied at both the Neighborhood Playhouse and the Actors' Studio, and in 1953 signed on as an understudy in the Broadway production of William Inge's Picnic; there she met Newman, and they soon fell in love. After starring in 1954's The Lovers, Woodward turned to television, appearing in dozens of programs. A performance in an episode of Four Star Playhouse caught the attention of Fox production chief Buddy Adler, who quickly snapped her up with a long-term contract.Woodward made her film debut in the 1955 Western Count Three and Pray. Her next project, the 1956 thriller A Kiss Before Dying, ran into controversy over its advertising campaign, and as a result appeared in theaters only briefly. Director Nunnally Johnson then requested Woodward's services for the starring role in his schizophrenia drama The Three Faces of Eve; Fox initially refused, but after everyone from Judy Garland to Susan Hayward rejected the role, the studio finally relented. The performance won Woodward a Best Actress Academy Award in 1957, but Fox remained unsure how best to utilize her skills; they next cast her in the Martin Ritt drama No Down Payment, appearing with a number of the studio's other aspiring talents. In 1958, Woodward and Newman co-starred in The Long Hot Summer; the couple married that same year, and then reunited for Leo McCarey's Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! After starring in the 1959 adaptation of the William Faulkner classic The Sound and the Fury, Woodward co-starred with Marlon Brando in The Fugitive Kind before teaming with Newman in the 1960 hit From the Terrace; they were again together in 1961's Paris Blues. By now a mother as well as a wife, Woodward retreated from film for two years to focus on domestic duties. Upon returning to Hollywood in 1963, her career took a nosedive: Her comeback vehicle The Stripper performed poorly at the box office, and A New Kind of Love -- another project with Newman -- did not fare much better. When 1964's Signpost to Murder also failed, she again went on a two-year hiatus. Upon resurfacing, she starred in A Fine Madness with Sean Connery and in A Big Hand for the Little Lady with Henry Fonda. Despite good critical notice, neither was a hit, and Woodward spent the next year absent from moviemaking. The 1968 Rachel, Rachel was the outcome of Woodward's exile; she and Newman admitted it was carefully designed as a vehicle to resuscitate her career, and the ploy worked brilliantly -- he directed, she starred, and together they led the film to four Oscar nominations, including Best Actress and Best Picture.The following year Woodward and Newman reunited onscreen for the auto-racing drama Winning, and again starred together in 1970s politically charged W.U.S.A., a reflection of the couple's high-profile support of liberal causes; when 1971's They Might Be Giants proved unsuccessful, Newman directed Woodward to Best Actress honors at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival for The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. The follow-up Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams earned Woodward another Academy Award nomination. The Drowning Pool (1975) was Woodward's last feature film for three years; she instead turned to television, co-starring with Sally Field in the award-winning Sybil and appearing in a remake of Come Back, Little Sheba in 1977. After winning an Emmy for 1978's See How She Runs, Woodward returned to feature films with the Burt Reynolds farce The End; it was her final big-screen appearance for six years; instead, she focused solely on


Highest Rated Movies



90% Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman Actor 2015
No Score Yet Count Three And Pray Actor 2015
77% Lucky Them Doris Executive Producer 2014
No Score Yet Empire Falls Francine Whiting 2005
No Score Yet World of Raptors Actor 2003
No Score Yet American Masters Reader 2003
No Score Yet Pale Male Actor 2002
No Score Yet My Knees Were Jumping Narrator 1996
No Score Yet Breathing Lessons Maggie Moran 1994
79% Philadelphia Sarah Beckett 1993
83% The Age of Innocence the narrator Narrator 1993
No Score Yet Foreign Affairs Vinnie Miner 1993
No Score Yet Blind Spot Nell Harrington Producer 1993
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge India Bridge 1990
No Score Yet Spencer Tracy Legacy Actor 1987
70% The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield 1987
No Score Yet Thousand Cranes Actor 1986
No Score Yet Katherine Anne Porter: The Eye of Memory Host 1986
22% Harry & Son Lilly 1984
No Score Yet American Playhouse Director 1982
No Score Yet The Shadow Box Beverly 1980
No Score Yet Crisis at Central High Elizabeth Huckaby 1980
No Score Yet Streets of L.A. Actor 1979
62% The End Jessica Lawson 1978
No Score Yet A Christmas to Remember Mildred McCloud 1978
No Score Yet See How She Runs Betty Quinn 1978
No Score Yet Come Back, Little Sheba Actor 1977
No Score Yet Sybil Dr. Cornelia Wilbur 1976
No Score Yet Laurence Olivier Presents Actor 1976
50% The Drowning Pool Iris 1975
No Score Yet Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Rita Walden 1973
57% The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Beatrice 1972
70% They Might Be Giants Dr. Mildred Watson 1971
No Score Yet King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis Actor 1970
No Score Yet WUSA Geraldine 1970
63% Winning Elora Capua 1969
86% Rachel, Rachel Rachel Cameron 1968
No Score Yet A Fine Madness Rhoda Shillitoe 1966
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady Mary 1966
No Score Yet Signpost to Murder Molly Thomas 1964
0% A New Kind of Love Samantha `Sam' Blake/Mimi 1963
No Score Yet The Stripper Lila Green 1963
67% Paris Blues Lillian Corning 1961
33% From the Terrace Mary St. John/Mrs. Eaton 1960
60% The Fugitive Kind Carol Cutrere 1960
No Score Yet The Sound and the Fury Quentin Compson / Narrator 1959
88% The Long, Hot Summer Clara Varner 1958
25% Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Grace Oglethorpe Bannerman 1958
No Score Yet No Down Payment Leola Boone 1957
93% The Three Faces of Eve Eve White / Eve Black / Jane 1957
100% A Kiss Before Dying Dorothy ('Dorie') Kingship 1956
No Score Yet Golden Age of TV Dramas Actor 1951


No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • 2013
No Score Yet Nature
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  • 2004
No Score Yet American Masters
Producer Host Voice Reader
  • 2003
  • 2001
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1982
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Beth Paine
  • 1956