Joanne Woodward, a well-known 1950s star, is battling Alzheimer’s and living a peaceful life away from the spotlight. Friends are concerned that the 92-year-old Oscar winner may never emerge in public again. Caregivers are on duty around the clock at the late actor Paul Newman’s family’s mansion in Westport, Connecticut’s Woodland region.
Woodward, who has been battling Alzheimer’s disease for more than ten years, is “far gone” and in the final stages of the disease, according to a source, and is “not well.”
According to a family friend, Joanne’s daughters attend to her every need in order to make her last days as comfortable as possible. It’s unfortunate, but Joanne has lived a long life. Woodward and Newman were important figures in the Westport community. They avoided the trappings of Hollywood and built a family with strong ethical values. When she dies, it will signal the tragic end of an era, the source explained.
The love tale of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman is one for the ages. Joanne Woodward always maintained that when she and Paul Newman first met in their agent’s air-conditioned office on a hot August afternoon, she wasn’t thrilled. Paul cast a peek at her, who was wilting in a dress, stockings, and heels.
Clea Newman, their daughter, states that they were extremely strange and a lovely thing to witness. Joanne discovered Paul was more than simply good-looking when they both joined the cast of Picnic on Broadway in 1953. He made her laugh, which was a quality she prized in a man. The pair shared a passion for their work as well as a healthy skepticism of celebrity.
Paul and Joanne maintained a platonic relationship until they were placed opposite one other in The Long, Hot Summer in 1958. They started an affair on the job in Clinton, Louisiana. Every molecule of their existence was inextricably linked to each other, their daughter Lissy adds. There’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. They were glued together. Two months before the film’s release, Paul divorced and married Joanne.
Their three daughters were Elinor Teresa “Nell” in 1959, Melissa Stewart in 1961, and Claire Olivia “Clea” in 1965. They’d fashioned a pleasant life for themselves in a restored barn on the Saugatuck River’s banks. They could give their kids a regular life here. They were a far cry from the frantic, public lives of other Hollywood celebrities. They could go about their business without being disturbed by photographers and journalists, and they could safeguard their girls’ privacy. But nothing was perfect in the small world they’d made for themselves. Paul had a drinking problem, which caused frequent arguments. Joanne, on the other hand, had to give up acting in order to care for her kids. The mother of three was rapidly unsatisfied with her choices.
Sadly, in 2007, the couple got tragic news. Joanne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s illness at first. A few days later, Paul was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He passed away in 2008, at the age of 83. Based on a family member, Joanne’s health deteriorated over time.
Melissa, Joanne’s daughter, has devoted herself to her mother’s care. The actress’s memory deteriorates considerably as she ages. Her husband is entirely forgotten, and her kids are simply vague memories. Clea, her daughter, remembers her parents’ relationship as “very old-fashioned together.” He constantly opened doors for her and they always held hands, Clea recounts. They were madly in love. They respected each other and laughed together more than any other couple she’d ever met.