Joanne Woodward Was Married To Paul Newman For A *Really* Long Time

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HBO's newest documentary, The Last Movie Stars, dropped on July 21, and it's all kinds of fascinating. The doc tells the story of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, who fell in love as young Hollywood actors and eventually became film icons.

The two had a really long marriage, which is rare in a place like Hollywood, and the documentary, directed by Ethan Hawke, explores the couple's family life, and looks at how Woodward navigated a life and career in a male-dominated industry. The documentary also touches on the impact this power couple had on other actors.

While Newman died back in 2008, it’s understandable to wonder if Woodward is still alive and, if so, where she is now. Here’s what you need to know:

Who is Joanne Woodward?

Let's start at the beginning. Joanne Woodward is a Hollywood film icon who starred in movies like Count Three and Pray and The Three Faces of Eve. She won an Oscar award for her performance in The Three Faces of Eve, where she played a woman with multiple personality disorder, according to IMDB.

Woodward's agent introduced her to Newman, and the two got close while working as understudies for the Broadway play, Picnic, in the early 1950s. However, Newman was married at the time and the two “spent the next several years running away from each other," The New York Times reported.

Still, they eventually got married. And they stayed married for a long time.

What is she known for?

Joanne Woodward is best known for her role playing Eve White in The Three Faces of Eve. She's also well known because she's Paul Newman's second wife. And of course, their romance is one for the history books, so that's important to note here, too.

Is Joanne Woodward still alive?

Yep, Joanne Woodward is definitely still alive. Here she is at an event back in 2012:

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Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images

How old is Joanne Woodward?

Woodward is currently 92 years old. She was born in Thomasville, Georgia on February 27, 1930.

What is her net worth?

Woodward is worth around $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. And apparently Newman was worth quite a lot, too. When he died, his estate was reported to sit at around $600 million, per Vanity Fair.

Who was Paul Newman’s first wife?

Newman was actually married to a woman named Jackie Witte before he married Woodward, and apparently he had trouble getting a divorce. Witte initially refused to get a divorce when Newman asked for one (he wanted to marry Woodward), but she eventually gave in, according to IMDB.

Less than a week after the divorce was finalized, Newman and Woodward got married in Las Vegas on January 29, 1958.

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Photo credit: Santi Visalli - Getty Images

How long were Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman married?

The famous couple were married from 1958 until Newman's death in 2008. So, 50 years.

They had three children together during their long, long marriage: Elinor Teresa Newman, named after both of their mothers, Melissa Steward Newman, and Claire Olivia Newman, according to IMDB.

Where does Joanne Woodward live now?

Woodward is retired from acting—her last role was voicing Doris in 2013’s Lucky Them, IMDB says—and she’s stayed active in philanthropy. She has also managed their organic food company, Newman's Own, the Nell Newman Foundation, and more, Distractify reported.

Unfortunately, Joanne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, just days before her husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, according to USA Today. She was last reported to be living with her family in Connecticut.

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