Joanne Woodward Net Worth, Early Life, Acting, Directing, Producing, Husband, Family and Activism

Published Date   02nd Sep. 2017, 01:31 am
Joanne Woodward Net Worth, Early Life, Acting, Directing, Producing, Husband, Family and Activism
Quick Info
Birth Name: Joanne Woodward
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $50 million dollars

American actress, Joanne Woodward net worth accelerated as she earned her fame through her Academy Award-winning role in The Three Faces of Eve in the year 1957.


Born in 1930, Joanne Woodward is an American actress. In addition to her acting career, she took her other roles as producer and activist sideways. Woodward is a remarkable actress known best for her role in The Three Faces of Eve. Joanne Woodward net worth rose as the role earned her an Academy Award.

Early Life and Background

Joanne Woodward was born Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward on February 27, 1930. Her place of birth is Thomasville, Georgia in the United States. She was born as the daughter of Elinor and Wade Woodward, Jr. Her father was the vice president of publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons for a certain duration.

Woodward’s mother had a craze for movies which later influenced her to have a career as an actress. Her mother even named her Joanne after Joan Crawford. When Woodward was nine years old, she rushed out into the parade of stars where she attended the premiere of Gone with the Wind in Atlanta. She was the little girl who sat on the lap of partner of star Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier.

Eventually, Joanne Woodward net worth hiked as she got to work with Laurence Olivier in 1977 in Come Back, Little Sheba. She lived in Thomasville until before her family relocated to Marietta, Georgia. There, she attended Marietta High School.

Later, her parents divorced therefore, they moved out of Georgia. She went to Greenville High School located in Greenville, South Carolina. Woodward graduated from the high school in 1947. Afterwards, Woodward attended Louisiana State University where she majored in drama. In the university, she was an initiate of Chi Omega sorority.

As a beautiful teenage girl, she won a number of beauty contests. These wins also somehow shaped her acting career.

Beginning of the Acting

Joanne Woodward kick started her acting from theatrical productions at Greenville High and in Greenville’s Little Theatre. There, she started off playing Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Robert Hemphill McLane had directed the play. She returned to Greenville in 1976 after relocation to portray Amanda Wingfield in Little Theatre production of The Glass Menagerie.

Early Career Highlights

After graduating from Louisiana State University, Joanne Woodward moved to New York City to perform on the stage. Joanne Woodward net worth rose as she landed her first film Count Three and Pray in 1955. The film is based on the post-Civil War Western. She returned to Greenville for the premiere of her debut movie Count Three and Pray. It premiered at the Paris Theatre on North Main Street.

The astounding actress did not take long enough to get firm ground in the acting line. She drifted between Broadway and Hollywood from time to time. Joanne Woodward net worth elevated as she landed a role in New York Production Picnic, which features her future husband, Paul Newman.

Woodward reunited her Newman again in the film The Long, Hot Summer. She further landed starring role in the films The Three Faces of Eve in the year 1957. For her performance in the film, she earned Academy Award for Best Actress.

Joanne Woodward has appeared with Newman in a number of films including A New Kind of Love (1963), Paris Blues (1961), The Drowning Pool, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge and so on. Similarly, Woodward appeared in Newman directed movies The Shadow Box (1960), The Glass Menagerie (1987), etc.

Later Career, Producing and Directing

Joanne Woodward net worth grew as she continued to act in films like Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) opposite to Martin Balsam. Her other movies are Philadelphia (1993), where she played the mother to Tom Hank’s character. Additionally, Woodward appeared in a television films Sybil (1976) with Sally Field, and Crisis at Central High in the year 1981.

Later, she involved in producing. She is the co-producer and star of 1993 play Blind Spot. Joanne Woodward net worth increased as the play earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie. Similarly, she is the executive producer of Our Town that featured Paul Newman.

Furthermore, she wrote and directed teleplay Come Along with Me in 1982. For the project, Newman provided voice of character Hughie. Similarly, Woodward directed Off-Broadway’s Golden Boy and Waiting for Lefty at the Blue Light Theater Company, New York. Joanne Woodward net worth heightened as she got to serve as the artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse from 2001 to 2005.

Personal Life, Husband and Family

There is a report that states Joanne Woodward’s engagement to author Gore Vidal before marrying Newman. Vidal later clarified that it was untrue and meant to attract attention of Newman. Woodward, however, shared a house in Los Angeles with Vidal for a short duration of time. The two have always remained friends.

Joanne Woodward met Paul Newman in 1953 in the set of Picnic. They continued to work together in another project The Long Hot Summer. Woodward married Newman on 29th January, 1958 in Las Vegas. They built their home in Westport, Connecticut. The couple had been married for 50 years until Newman’s death due to lung cancer. He died in 26th September, 2008.

The couple has three daughters. Their first daughter, Elinor Teresa, was born in 1959. She is famous as Nell Potts/Nell Newman on-screen. Their other daughters are Melissa “Lissy” Stewart, born in 1961 and Claire Olivia “Clea” Newman, born in 1965. Woodward also has two grandsons; the sons of Lissy.

Joanne Woodward net worth as an actress was already high. However, she even turned into an academician later in her life. She graduated in 1990 from Sarah Lawrence College along with her youngest daughter.

Charity and Activism

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman established a nonprofit organization, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, in the year 1988. It is a residential summer camp, located in Ashford, Connecticut. The camp provides services to 20,000 children and their families going through cancer and other serious illnesses free of cost.

Salary and Net Worth

The award winning actress and activist, Joanne Woodward net worth grew with her astounding performance and talent. She has amassed the net worth of $50 million mainly through her acting and involvement in film/theatre industry.

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