Original caption: Married American actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward attend the Tony Awards ceremonies, New York City, April 1968.
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward on What’s My Line, 1959.
The Long Hot Summer
“We are very, very different people and yet somehow we fed off those varied differences and instead of separating us, it has made the whole bond a lot stronger.”
I`ve repeatedly said that for people as little in common as Joanne and myself, we have an uncommonly good marriage. We are actors. We make pictures and that`s about all we have in common. Maybe that`s enough. Wives shouldn`t feel obligated to accompany their husbands to a ball game, husbands do look a bit silly attending morning coffee breaks with the neighborhood wives when most men are out at work. Husbands and wives should have separate interests, cultivate different sets of friends and not impose on the other…You can`t spend a lifetime breathing down each other`s necks.
Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward on What’s My Line?
“It’s really sort of a sore spot because we live in what I call an age of conformity, where you have to travel with the herd. If you don’t travel with the herd and if you don’t say yes to that little man who’s leading the pack, you’re branded as a rebel. I am trying desperately - I hope - to be an individual. I think there’s quite a bit of difference. Actually, I can’t stand them, they drive me out of my mind. The rebels. I see them at parties and they sit in corners looking terrible sensitive and introverted, and yet my feeling is they’re just as mediocre as the people they despise who are the conformists. Their answers are always pre-determined, the rebel always has to say no to everything society asks of him just as the conformist always has to say yes.” - Paul Newman, on being labelled a rebel
“We bought a bed which we found in an antique shop [during the filming of The Long Hot Summer], and it was quite large for a brass bed. The antique dealer said the reason it is that large is it was made for a whore house. I was so excited by that I said, oh my heavens, I have to buy this! Which I did, and it’s up stairs in our bedroom. We’ve had it ever since.” - Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward, who had just won the Oscar for the film The Three Faces of Eve, dancing with Paul Newman at the ball following the awards ceremony, 1958
James Dean and Joanne Woodward in a screentest for “East of Eden”, 1954.