Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Dedicated to the one I love
The love story between screen legend Paul Newman and his actress wife Joanne Woodward has been one of Hollywood's most successful and long-lasting. The couple, who tied the knot in Las Vegas on January 29, 1958, have shared half a century together as man and wife. As a wedding gift to her the blue-eyed screen star added to Joanne's collection of sherry glasses with a silver cup inscribed: "So you wound up with Apollo. If he's sometimes hard to swallow, use this." While their careers took off, the couple stayed away from Hollywood to raise their three daughters - Elinor, Melissa and Claire - in a converted barn in Westport, Connecticut. They appeared in ten feature films together, including Mr And Mrs Bridge, while Paul also directed or produced his wife in four movies, notably 1968's Oscar-nominated Rachel, Rachel. Joanne describes being married to Paul as: "Being married to the most considerate, romantic man". Paul also added: "We are very, very different people and yet somehow we fed off those varied differences, and instead of separating us, it has made the whole bond a lot stronger." "Joanne has always given me unconditional support in all my choices and endeavours, and that includes my race car driving, which she deplores. To me, that's love."