Thursday, August 20, 2009

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

How can you not love these two? They lived outside of the Hollywood stereotype of serial monogamy and stayed married for over 50 years!

This photo is so painfully beautiful, I don't even have words to describe it. It makes me feel safe for some reason. What? It DOES.

The two met in 1953 when they were working on a Broadway play together - he was married, she was not. His first wife was named Jackie Witte; she and Newman had three children together. Shortly after the divorce was final, Newman and Woodward were married.

The ceremony took place on January 29, 1958 in Las Vegas at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas (one of the first strip resorts; now a Hilton property)

They look so...normal. Everything seems really unpretentious. I think these photos fit their persona - normal, loving couple. She looks really beautiful in a simple kind of way. She might be your cousin or aunt. I love giant collars on women - I need to find out what that style is called. Simple jewelry, no veil or elaborate lace concoction. He has a single white chrysanthemum in his lapel. Seriously, it doesn't get any more down to earth than this. I admire them both for their charity work, and for finding the strength to stay together for so long.

Photos from Getty

They had three children together (a total of six for him) and stayed married until his death last year.


1 comment:

  1. Sigh. Any post that starts with a picture of young Paul Newman sans shirt gets an A+ from me.


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