The HBO platform launches The Last Movie Starsa docuseries of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. It has been one of the longest-lived and most admired couples in hollywood, lived half a century of love and professional commitment. In their relationship there was complicity, understanding, but also infidelity and alcohol. Together they had 3 daughters, but before Joanne, he also had 3 other children with his previous marriage to Jackie Witte..
Newman met his first wife when he had not yet made his debut in hollywood. The first woman who came to his heart was Jackie Witte. They met working together in a modest play. After a quick courtship, they were married in the spring of 1949. They had three children and a somewhat complicated coexistence, in the midst of economic problems that forced them to change their home every so often. They ended their marriage in 1958.
Newman’s eldest son was Scott, who was born in 1950. He wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps as an actor, but he was always in his shadow. He lived and felt the pressure of being the son of one of the most well-known people on the planet, and had a hard time establishing his own identity. During his childhood and youth, Scott had school problems that led him to constantly change schools. He continued aimlessly entering the world of addictions until he died of an overdose in November 1978 when he was 28 years old. A huge blow for his father, who created the ‘Scott Newman Center’, a center for the prevention of drug use, in his memory.
Stephanie Newman was born in 1951. She was just a child when her parents divorced and she lived and grew up with Joanne Woodward from a very young age. She fit perfectly into her new family with her other 3 sisters, Joanne’s daughters, and proof of this is the tattoo she wears on her forearm with her name.
Stephanie has always led a quiet life, and has taken great care of her personal life. At 63 years old, little is known of her personal or professional history, and we can barely see her in her father’s documentary.
Susan Kendall Newman
Born in 1953, Susan Kendall Newman is the youngest of the first 3 children. She has been an actress, writer, producer and director of documentaries. In the 1970s, she appeared in a few Broadway movies and plays, and many also remember her for her socially conscious work. He has lectured around the world on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.promoting awareness of issues that affect the well-being of families and children.
A marriage of more than 5 decades with Joanne Woodward
Curiously, it was again in a theater where Newman would meet the second and great love of his life. He and Joanne Woodward met for the first time in a play called Picnicin the early 50’s, when Newman was still married to Jackie. It would not be until 1958, when both coincided on the big screen in the movie The long hot summerthat the couple took the definitive leap and, after the actor’s divorce, they got married in vegas.
“Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens, a good marriage must be created. In The Art of Marriage the little things are the big things; you are never too old to hold hands. […] It’s not just marrying the perfect partner, it’s being the perfect partner.Newman said in his wedding speech.
A marriage that lasted more than 5 decades, until the actor’s death in 2008. Along with Woodward, Newman had three other children.
Eleanor (Nell) Newman
Nell was born in April 1959 and also became interested in the world of acting. She was recognized as Nell Potts in some of the children’s plays in which she participated. Under the direction of her father, she played the main character of her when she was a child in Rachel (1968), in which her mother, Joanne Woodward, played the adult Rachel. In the following decade she starred in the film The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972), which featured her mother as the central character and which was directed by her father. She trained in human ecology at the College of the Atlantic and currently leads a pet and organic food production company.
Melissa was born in 1961 and is also known to many as Lissy Newm.. She followed in the footsteps of her parents, and in addition to being an actress, she has also been a singer. One of her first jobs was in the movie sometimes a great idea (1971). She was also in TV shows like Hawkins Y The New Perry Mason. His last film appearance was in the film Mr & Mrs Bridge (1990). Later, she established herself as a cabaret artist and singer.
The youngest of the Newmans is Claire Olivia Newman, also known as Clea, who was born in April 1965. Clea currently runs ‘Serious Fun Children’s Network’, one of the foundations her father created, and recently participated in one of Paco Arango’s films. She was with him in Madrid in 2017 presenting What really mattersdedicated to Paul Newman.