Joanna WoodwardThe widow of Paul Newman. The HBO Max documentary will soon explore their marriage and extraordinary lives. Rumors persist that Woodward is privately suffering from Alzheimer’s. Let’s learn about the Golden Age legend and see if there’s anything to the story.
Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman
Woodward is a Georgia native. She was born in 1930, and was named for Joan Crawford. She was nine years old when she attended the premiere Gone with the Wind where she boldly sat on Laurence Olivier’s lap. After majoring in drama, she moved to New York City to attend the Actors Studio.
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Woodward first met Newman in 1952. After Jacqueline Witte’s divorce was over, the two were united in marriage. They remained together despite the odds of Hollywood marriages. They won many awards together over the years and starred in several movies. In 2008, they started the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
She May Have Alzheimer’s Disease
Ever since Newman’s death, rumors have swirled about Woodward suffering from Alzheimer’s. The National EnquirerShe has published stories about Newman’s tragic forgetting. In 2020, she turned 90. Articles circulated from questionable sources about her family’s secret diagnosis.
These rumors are true. Well, maybe. CloserClaim Woodward had Alzheimer’sA 2021 story. The article did include quotes from Woodward’s children, so it may have been accurate. The children didn’t mention anything about Woodward’s health in the article. It is common for dementia to occur at the age of 92. This rumor is best supported by her absence from public life. Woodward hasn’t been photographedSince 2013.
The family has never made an official statement. Woodward may simply desire privacy in her golden years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she’s suffering from Alzheimer’s. There is no news source quite like the New York TimesThe BBC has not reported anything about the source. There’s circumstantial evidence, like Woodward’s lack of public appearances, but that’s nothing to hang one’s hat on.
Is Life Imitating Art?
Woodward appeared in 1985’s made-for-TV film entitled “The Woodward Effect”. Do you remember your love?. She was Barbara Wyatt Hyollis, a loving husband who loses her memory. It was one of the first major productions to depict Alzheimer’s disease, and it won Woodward an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama or Comedy Special. It would be a terrible irony to be diagnosed with the disease so many years later.
The Last Movie StarsSix-part docuseries by Martin Scorcese. It was directed by Ethan Hawke. It features decades of footage, and Laura Linney and Paul Newman play Newman and Woodward respectively. It’s earning positive buzz and comes to HBO Max on July 21.