Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward's (February 27 1930 in Thomasville, Georgia) acting career was launched by her mother's love of film and strongly influenced. When the Wind came to the cinemas, it was a big fan of Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh's husband. They played together with Olivier in a 1979 television production of Come Back, Little Sheba.
Woodward won some beauty contests as a teenager. She attended high school in Greenville, graduated from the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and moved to New York where she took acting lessons at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Sanford Meisner. From 1956 she appeared on the Broadway.
For the first time in the cinema came in 1955 in Woodward, George Sherman's western film Count Three and Pray (1955) in appearance. They continue commuting between Hollywood and Broadway. In the New York Theater production of William Inge's Picnic, they appeared together in the five years older and then-unknown actor Paul Newman, whom she married 1958th In the same year she played the role of a schizophrenic patient in the film The Three Faces of Eve, for which she won the Oscar as Best Actress. Also this year, Woodward and Newman were the first time in The Long, Hot Summer (jointly together in front of the camera with Orson Welles and Lee Remick, and further collaborations followed). Newman, Woodward also took in some of his few directorial work, including Rachel, Rachel (1968) and the effect of gamma rays on Marigold (1973) for which they are the Golden Globe as best actress in a drama or the Actor Award at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival won.
The actress still acted in movies, on television and on stage. She was most recently seen in 2005 as a wealthy matron beside her husband in the television Empire Falls to.
Woodward lived in Connecticut. It is still politically active and is the artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse. Her daughter, Susan Kendall Newman, is also an actress.
On 9 February 1960 Woodward received the first ever star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.