Joanne won many beauty contests as a teenager. She majored in drama at Louisiana State University, then headed to New York City to perform on the stage. Her acting teacher, Sanford Meisner, first had to teach her how to lose her Southern accent.
Woodward's first film was Count Three and Pray, in 1955. She continued to move between Hollywood and Broadway, eventually understudying in the New York production of Picnic with another young actor, Paul Newman. The two were married in 1958. By that time, Woodward had starred in The Three Faces of Eve, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She and Newman first starred together that year in The Long Hot Summer, one of many collaborations.
Woodward has continued to act on stage, films and television. In 1990, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College alongside her daughter, Clea. She and Newman live in Connecticut, and are involved in liberal politics. Woodward is artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse.
Academy Awards Nominations
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. She is the first performer to have a star on the Walk of Fame. It was laid on February 9, 1960.