One of the Greatest Cinema Couples…Ever: Newman and Woodward


One of the greatest Hollywood couples…ever. What Beyonce and Jay-Z are to the public (and myself) right now, that is what Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman were to the silver screen and Hollywood, and in some ways still are. 50 years of marriage? Seems impossible in a place where the streets are not quite paved with gold.

Joanne and Paul met in 1953 while both were working in the Broadway production of Picnic and in 1957 they worked together in the movie The Long, Hot Summer.

Paul: “She [Joanne] was modern and independent. I was shy, a bit conservative. It took me a long time to persuade her that I wasn’t as dull as I looked.” (Or maybe you were just too handsome for your own good. Girl had a right to be cautious!)

Now, to make you all gag (or fall in love) here are a few incredible things one said about the other. Reminder: This is not a film script. It is possible for this form of unconditional, requited love to exist in real life. Difficult to believe, I know, but give it a chance.
Joanne: “From the beginning, Paul and I had an advantage: we were good friends before we were lovers. I mean, we really liked each other. We could talk to each other. We could talk to each other, we could tell each other anything without fear of ridicule or rejection. There was trust.”
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman sib

Paul: “People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked.”

Joanne on love and marriage:Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” (Preach it Joanne. You know what’s up)

Paul on why he never was unfaithful to Joanne: “Why fool around with hamburger when you have steak at home?” (Probably the hottest sentence ever verbalized. This guy. We need more of you.)

This. This I love.

This. This I love.


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