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Joanne Woodward

Joanne Woodward

Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward (born February 27, 1930) is an American actress. Born in Thomasville, Georgia, she was influenced to become an actress by her mother's love of movies. Attending the premiere of Gone With the Wind in Atlanta, nine-year-old Joanne rushed out into the parade of stars and sat on the lap of Laurence Olivier, star Vivien Leigh's husband. She eventually worked with Olivier in 1979, in a television production of Come Back, Little Sheba.

Joanne won many beauty contests as a teenager. She majored in drama at Louisiana State University, then headed to New York City to perform on the stage. Her acting teacher, Sanford Meisner, first had to teach her how to lose her Southern accent.

Woodward's first film was Count Three and Pray, in 1955. She continued to move betwen Hollywood and Broadway, eventually understudying in the New York production of Picnic with another young actor, Paul Newman. The two were married in 1958. By that time, Woodward had starred in The Three Faces of Eve, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She and Newman first starred together that year in The Long Hot Summer, one of many collaborations.

Woodward has continued to act on stage, films and television. In 1990, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College alongside her daughter, Clea. She and Newman live in Connecticut, and are involved in liberal politics. Woodward is artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse.

Academy Awards and Nominations: 1991 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - Mr. & Mrs. Bridge; 1974 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams; 1969 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - Rachel, Rachel; and 1958 - Won Best Actress in a Leading Role - The Three Faces of Eve.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. She is the first performer to have a star on the Walk of Fame. It was laid on February 9, 1960.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Joanne Woodward Facts

Birth Name Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward
OccupationActress
BirthdayFebruary 27, 1930 (87)
SignPisces
BirthplaceThomasville, Georgia, USA
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Joanne Woodward compared to you?
Awards1995 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Breathing Lessons)
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for Breathing Lessons)
1986 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Life Achievement Award
1969 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Rachel, Rachel)
1958 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for The Three Faces of Eve)
1958 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for The Three Faces of Eve)

Selected Filmography

Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman
Philadelphia
Sybil
The Age Of Innocence
A Christmas Carol
The Three Faces Of Eve
The Drowning Pool
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