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Where Is Joanne Woodward Now 13 Years after Paul Newman's Death?

Titi Dokubo
Aug 02, 2022
08:10 A.M.
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Actress, producer, philanthropist Joanne Woodward and actor, film director, philanthropist, race car driver, and entrepreneur Paul Newman had a rare marriage that ended after his death 13 years ago. They were married for over five decades.

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On July 21, 2022, HBO Max released a 6-part Max Original documentary titled "The Last Movie Stars." The documentary focuses on the love life of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

The documentary was executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Ethan Hawke. The documentary interviewed the couple's close friends, including Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, for what was to be a memoir.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward pose for a picture as Sam Shepard Returns To The Stage After 31 Years Absence In A Number on December 7, 2004 | Source: Getty Images

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward pose for a picture as Sam Shepard Returns To The Stage After 31 Years Absence In A Number on December 7, 2004 | Source: Getty Images

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The resulting documentary gave an inside view of Newman's life as he talked about his life's experiences. It also captured the thoughts of people who knew the couple.

The director and executive producer explored what made Woodward's and Newman's relationship and career so fascinating and inspiring, and it showed that they had fully lived and lived well. But is Joanne Woodward still alive?

Joanne Woodward at the premiere of HBO Films "Empire Falls" on May 9, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Joanne Woodward at the premiere of HBO Films "Empire Falls" on May 9, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

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IS JOANNE WOODWARD STILL ALIVE?

Woodward, born Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward on February 27, 1930, is still alive and 92 years old. She married Newman in Las Vegas on January 29, 1958, and became widowed on September 26, 2008.

Their union produced three children. Elinor Teresa Newman, also known as Nell Potts, was born on April 8, 1959, Melissa Steward Newman, born on September 17, 1961, and their last child, Claire Olivia Newman, born on April 21, 1965.

After her children's birth, Woodward returned to her busy career. While caring for her family, she performed in film, television, theater, and ballet and was involved with charities.

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Joanne Woodward as an All-Star Cast for the performance of "The World of Nick Adams" to benefit "The Hole in the Wall Gang" camps for Children on November 4, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Joanne Woodward as an All-Star Cast for the performance of "The World of Nick Adams" to benefit "The Hole in the Wall Gang" camps for Children on November 4, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

The actress reportedly quit acting as the last movie she took part in was the role of Doris, a character she voiced for "Lucky Them" in 2013. She was also one of the executive producers, and the movie was dedicated to Newman.

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Despite retiring from acting, she remained a philanthropist and has managed their organic food company, the Nell Newman Foundation, Newman's Own, and more.

During her days as an actress, she starred in "Count Three and Pray," the movie that kickstarted her career. Woodward also starred in "The Three Faces of Eve," "The Silver Chalice," "Come Back, Little Sheba," "Rachel, Rachel," and more.

Joanne Woodward at the celebration of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps on October 21, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

Joanne Woodward at the celebration of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps on October 21, 2010 | Source: Getty Images

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For her role in "Rachel, Rachel," Woodward received a Best Actress Oscar nomination, and in 2013, she became one of six women to receive such a nomination for a movie directed by their husbands.

One of the actress's last public appearances was on April 2, 2012, when she attended a celebration of Paul Newman's Dream to benefit The Hole in the Wall Camps, which he founded in 1988.

In 2017, the actress wanted to be close to her family, so she moved from Connecticut to Santa Monica, California. She was last seen on her daughter's Instagram page as she was bonding with her grandson on May 31, 2022.

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DOES JOANNE WOODWARD HAVE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE?

After the death of her husband, there have been rumors that Woodward was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Some reports also claimed that she had forgotten about the man who was the love of her life.

Her children have never said anything about her state of health. In addition, no official statement has been released from her family to support or dispute the claims.

However, as she has stayed away from the public eye, some reckon that her health might have deteriorated, which is usual with old age.

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Despite the rumors, Joanne Woodward, in 1985, played the role of a woman who had suffered Alzheimer's when she starred in a made-for-TV movie, "Do You Remember Love."

She played the role of Barbara Wyatt-Hollis, a devoted wife and successful college professor who gradually lost her memory. The film was one of the major films to depict Alzheimer's disease.

For her role in Vickie Patik's script, the actress whose mother had Alzheimer's disease won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special.

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