Joanne Woodward Biography (1930-)

Full name, Joanne Gignilliat Woodward; born February 27, 1930, in Thomasville, GA; daughter of Wade and Elinor (maiden name, Trimmier) Woodward; married Paul Newman (an actor, producer, director, and writer), January 29, 1958; children: Elinor "Nell" Terese, Melissa "Lissy" Stewart, Claire "Clea" Olivia. Addresses: Agent: c/o International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Publicist: Warren Cowan, Warren Cowan and Associates Public Relations, 8899 Beverly Blvd., Suite 919, Los Angeles, CA 90048.; Contact: c/o Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Ct., Westport, CT 06881.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, producer, director
Birth Details
February 27, 1930
Thomasville, Georgia, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Lissy, Count Three and Pray (also known as The Calico Pony), Columbia, 1955
  • Dorothy Kingship, Kiss before Dying, 1956
  • Title role, The Three Faces of Eve, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Leola Boone, No Down Payment, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Clara Varner, The Long, Hot Summer, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958
  • Grace Bannerman, Rally 'round the Flag, Boys!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958
  • Quentin Compson, The Sound and the Fury, 1959
  • Carol Cutrere, The Fugitive Kind, United Artists, 1960
  • Mary St. John/Mrs. Alfred Eaton, From the Terrace, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960
  • Lillian Corning, Paris Blues, United Artists, 1961
  • Lila Green, The Stripper (also known as Woman of Summer), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1963
  • Samantha Blake, A New Kind of Love, Paramount, 1963
  • Molly Thomas, Signpost to Murder, 1964
  • Mary Meredith (Ruby), A Big Hand for the Little Lady (also known as Big Deal at Dodge City), Warner Bros., 1966
  • Rhoda Shillitoe, A Fine Madness, Warner Bros., 1966
  • Rachel Cameron (title role), Rachel, Rachel, Warner Bros./Seven Arts, 1968
  • Elora Capua, Winning, Universal, 1969
  • Geraldine, WUSA, Paramount, 1970
  • Commentator, King: A Filmed Record ... Montgomery to Memphis, 1970
  • Dr. Mildred Watson, They Might Be Giants, Universal, 1971
  • Beatrice, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972
  • Rita Walden, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, Columbia, 1973
  • Iris Devereaux, The Drowning Pool, Warner Bros., 1975
  • Jessica, The End, United Artists, 1978
  • Lilly, Harry and Son, Orion Pictures, 1984
  • Amanda Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, Cineplex Odeon, 1987
  • India Bridge, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Miramax, 1990
  • Narrator, The Age of Innocence, Columbia, 1993
  • Sarah Beckett, Philadelphia, TriStar, 1993
  • Narrator, Even If a Hundred Ogres ... , 1996
  • Narrator, My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kindertransports,Anthology Film Archives/National Center for Jewish Films, 1998
  • Film Director
  • The Hump Back Angel, 1984
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Mary Follett, "All the Way Home," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1971
  • Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, Sybil, NBC, 1976
  • Lola Delaney, Come Back, Little Sheba (also known as Laurence Olivier Presents Come Back, Little Sheba), NBC, 1977
  • Mildred McCloud, A Christmas to Remember, CBS, 1978
  • Lady Chatterly's Lover, 1978
  • Beverly, The Shadow Box, ABC, 1980
  • Elizabeth Huckaby, Crisis at Central High, CBS, 1981
  • Catherine Kennerly, Passions, CBS, 1984
  • Barbara Wyatt-Hollis, Do You Remember Love?, CBS, 1985
  • Congresswoman Nell Harrington, "Blind Spot" (also known as "A Death in the Family," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1993
  • Vinnie Miner, Foreign Affairs, TNT, 1993
  • Maggie Moran, "Breathing Lessons," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1994
  • Episodic
  • "Penny," Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC, 1952
  • "The Kill," Studio One, CBS, 1952
  • "Bitter Storm," Tales of Tomorrow, 1952
  • "New Salem," Omnibus, CBS, 1953
  • "The Young and the Fair," Goodyear Playhouse, NBC, 1953
  • "A Young Lady of Property," Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1953
  • "The Dancers," Philco Television Playhouse, NBC, 1954
  • "Unequal Contest," Kraft Television Theater, ABC, 1954
  • "Interlude," Four Star Playhouse, CBS, 1954
  • "In the Line of Duty," Danger, CBS, 1954
  • "Stir Mugs," Studio One, CBS, 1954
  • "Welcome Home," The Web, CBS, 1954
  • "Segment," Ford Television Theater, NBC, 1954
  • "High Man," Elgin Hour, ABC, 1954
  • "Homecoming," Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC, 1954
  • Jen Townsend, "Five Star Final," Lux Video Theatre, 1954
  • "Dark Stranger," Rheingold Theater, NBC, 1955
  • "Death of a Stranger," Star Tonight, ABC, 1955
  • "Cynara," Pond's Theater, ABC, 1955
  • "Full Circle," Four Star Playhouse, CBS, 1955
  • "The Late George Apley" (also known as "Back Bay Romance"), TwentiethCentury-Fox Hour, CBS, 1955
  • "White Gloves," U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1955
  • "Watch the Sunset," Four Star Playhouse, CBS, 1956
  • "Prologue to Glory," General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1956
  • Beth Paine, "Momentum," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, CBS, 1956
  • Margaret Spencer, "The Girl in Chapter One," The Alcoa Hour, NBC,1956
  • "A Man's World," Studio One, CBS, 1956
  • "Family Protection," Studio One, CBS, 1956
  • Person to Person, CBS, 1957
  • "The 80 Yard Run," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1958
  • Person to Person, CBS, 1958
  • Mystery guest, What's My Line?, 1959
  • Betty Quinn, "See How She Runs," General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1978
  • Carol Schramm, "The Streets of L.A.," General Electric Theatre, CBS, 1979
  • "Jane Adams," An American Portrait, CBS, 1985
  • Host, "Private Conversations: On the Set of `Death of a Salesman'," American Masters, PBS, 1985
  • Host, "Unknown Chaplin," American Masters, PBS, 1986
  • Host, "Philip Johnson: A Self Portrait," American Masters, PBS, 1986
  • Host, "Le nozze de Figaro" (also known as "Marriage of Figaro"), Livefrom the Met, PBS, 1986
  • Host, "Lohengrin," Live from the Met, PBS, 1986
  • Host, "Katherine Anne Porter: The Eye of Memory," American Masters, PBS, 1986
  • Host, "Die Fledermaus," Live from the Met, PBS, 1986
  • Host, "Dialogues of the Carmelites," Live from the Met, PBS, 1987
  • Host, "Carmen," Live from the Met, PBS, 1987
  • Host, "The Joan Sutherland Anniversary Gala" (also known as "The Sutherland/Pavarotti Anniversary Gala"), Live from the Met, PBS, 1987
  • Host, "Turandot," The Metropolitan Opera Presents, PBS, 1988
  • "Broadway's Dreamers: The Legacy of The Group Theater," American Masters, PBS, 1989
  • Host, "Sanford Meisner: The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret," American Masters, PBS, 1990
  • "Miracle on 44th Street: A Portrait of the Actors Studio," American Masters, PBS, 1991
  • Also appeared on The Armstrong Circle Theater.
  • Specials
  • Narrator, The Fragile Mind, ABC, 1974
  • Host, The Wild Places, NBC, 1974
  • Margaret "Marmee" March, Little Women (ballet), NBC, 1976
  • The John Denver Special, 1976
  • Georgia O'Keeffe, 1977
  • Narrator, Angel Death (documentary), syndicated, 1979
  • Comedy, Cartwheels, Kung Fu and Capers: The Super Spectacle of the Peking Opera, Showtime, 1981
  • Candida Morell, Candida, The Entertainment Channel, 1983
  • The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn, PBS, 1986
  • Born America: A March of Dimes Television Event, syndicated, 1986
  • Narrator, Fred Astaire: Change Partners and Dance, The Disney Channel, 1989
  • Narrator, A Thousand Cranes, PBS, 1989
  • Face to Face with Connie Chung, CBS, 1990
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1992
  • "What Is This Thing Called Love?" The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1993
  • Demi-Centennial (also known as Rosemary Clooney's Demi-Centennial), 1995
  • James Dean: A Portrait, 1996
  • AMC Backstory: The Long Hot Summer, American Movie Classics, 2001
  • Series
  • Jill, Henry Fonda Presents the Star and the Story (also known as The Henry Fonda Show), 1955
  • Television Work
  • Episodic
  • Producer, "Broadway's Dreamers: The Legacy of The Group Theater," American Masters, PBS, 1989
  • Director of an episode of Family.
  • Specials
  • Director, Come Along with Me, 1982
  • Coproducer, "Blind Spot" (also known as "A Death in the Family"), Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1993
  • Stage Appearances
  • Understudy, Picnic, produced in New York City, 1953
  • Baby Want a Kiss, 1964
  • Candida Morell, Candida, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1982
  • Amanda Wingfield, The Glass Menagerie, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1985, then Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1985-1986
  • Sweet Bird of Youth, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1988
  • Hay Fever, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1996
  • Also appeared in The Lovers, New York City.
  • Stage Director
  • The Golden Boy, Blue Light Theatre Company, 1995
  • Rocket to the Moon, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1996
  • Waiting for Lefty, Blue Light Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • The Constant Wife, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 2000
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Specials
  • Come Along with Me, 1982

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • Morella, Joe, and Edward Z. Epstein, Paul and Joanne: A Biography of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, [New York City], 1988
    • Netter, Susan, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, [London], 1989
    Periodicals
    • American Theatre, September, 1996, p. 56

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