Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman Photographed for the Film 'The Long, Hot Summer,' 1958
After a couple of chance run-ins with each other years prior, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were again reunited in 1957 when they were both cast in ‘The Long, Hot Summer.’
As they filmed the intense love scenes, the two stars fell in love in real life—and it’s hard to miss on screen. When filming concluded, Newman divorced his current wife, Jackie Witte, and the two co-stars turned their friendship into romance, marrying just a few months later.
While many Hollywood romances burn hot before quickly burning out, Joanne and Paul remained happily married for 50 years. The golden couple were soft on the eyes, of course, but according to Woodward, that was not the reason their romance lasted. “Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that is a treat,” said Woodward.
They celebrated their golden anniversary a few months before Newman’s death in 2008. To see where it all began, though, just watch ‘The Long, Hot Summer’ to witness the start of a match truly made in heaven.