Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward first met in 1953, both ducking into the air-conditioned office of their agent to escape the heat. They were two young, attractive stars trying to make it in Hollywood.
However, Paul was married, so that was that. They met again on the set of a Broadway production of Picnic and discovered that they genuinely liked each other as people and co-workers. Hollywood brought them together again in 1957 when they were both cast in The Long, Hot Summer. The film starred Paul as Ben Quick a drifter (albeit a very good looking one) and Joanne as Clara Varner.
As they filmed the intense scenes, the two stars fell in love in real life and it’s hard to miss on screen. As Clara and Ben come to develop feelings for each other, Joanne and Paul give each other looks that are beyond the skill of any actor. It’s clear those feelings are 100% real, and it’s hard not be moved by them.
When the film was done, Newman got divorced, and the two stars turned their friendship into romance. They were married just a few months later. While many Hollywood romances crash and burn, Joanne and Paul remained happily married for 50 years. “People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked,” Paul once said.
The couple had three daughters together, raising them far from the spotlight. They also co-starred in several films including From the Terrace and A New Kind of Love. When Paul wanted to try directing, he cast Joanne to star in Rachel, Rachel. Working with her husband helped her bring out the best, and she was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars.
These romantic photos were taken by David Sutton that show beautiful moments of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward at their home in Hollywood in 1965 and 1968.