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Joanne Woodward

Highest Rated:   100% A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
Lowest Rated:   0% A New Kind of Love (1963)
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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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
90% Winning: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Count Three And Pray
  • Actor
2015
76% Lucky Them
  • Executive Producer
  • Doris
2014
No Score Yet No Down Payment
  • Actor
2013
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
78% Philadelphia
  • Sarah Beckett
1993
80% The Age of Innocence
  • the narratorNarrator
1993
No Score Yet Foreign Affairs
  • Vinnie Miner
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 Crisis at Central High
  • Elizabeth Huckaby
1980
No Score Yet The Shadow Box
  • Beverly
1980
No Score Yet Streets of L.A.
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet See How She Runs
  • Betty Quinn
1978
No Score Yet A Christmas to Remember
  • Mildred McCloud
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
78% 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
50% 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
64% Paris Blues
  • Lillian Corning
1961
30% 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
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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
  • Host
  • Producer
  • Reader
  • 2003
  • 2001

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