‘Unlikely to be seen in public again’: Paul Newman’s widow Joanne Woodward is struggling with Alzheimer’s

Joanne Woodward has been battling Alzheimer's for more than 10 years and is watched over by caretakers at her family's mansion in Westport

‘Unlikely to be seen in public again’: Paul Newman’s widow Joanne Woodward is struggling with Alzheimer’s
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward founded and established the Newman's Own Foundation in 1982 (Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
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WESTPORT, CONNECTICUT: Joanne Woodward, a prominent star from the 1950s appears to be struggling to survive, as she has reportedly been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Friends are concerned that the 92-year-old Oscar legend may never show up in public anymore. 

Radaronline reports that the late actor Paul Newman's wife is watched over by caretakers 24 hours a day at her family's mansion in Westport, Connecticut, Woodland neighborhood. A source claims that Woodward, who has been battling Alzheimer's disease for more than ten years, is "not well" and "far gone" in the advanced stages of her illness.

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Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward attend the National Actors Theater Benefit
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward attend the National Actors Theater Benefit at The Plaza Hotel, on April 19, 2004, in New York City (Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

The family acquaintance stated, "Joanne's daughters wait on her every need to make her final days as comfortable as possible. It's sad, but Joanne is at the end of a long life." Woodward and Newman played significant roles in the Westport neighborhood. "They never got sucked into the trappings of Hollywood and raised a family with a strong set of ethics. When she passes it will mark the sad end of an era," the source added.

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When 'The Three Faces of Eve', a film about a woman with several personalities, won an Oscar in 1958, Woodward shot to prominence during the height of Hollywood's Golden Age. She married Newman in the same year, and the two of them quickly rose to fame in Hollywood. Ethan Hawke's HBO Max documentary series 'The Last Movie Stars', which debuted in July 2022, beautifully captured the relationship between Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, two iconic actors.

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American actress Joanne Woodward, married to Paul Newman, she was awarded an Oscar for her role in 'The Three Faces of Eve'.
Joanne Woodward was awarded an Oscar for her role in 'The Three Faces of Eve' (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The two talented actors founded and established the Newman's Own Foundation in 1982. Since its establishment in 1982, an extraordinary $570 million has been donated to worthy organizations from sales of Newman's own products like spaghetti sauce and popcorn.

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They had been married for 50 years until Newman died of lung cancer at age 83 in 2008. Thereafter, sources claim Woodward's Alzheimer's worsened significantly. She made her last public appearance in 2013 for the Serious Fun Children's Network, a network of camps for ill kids and their families. The insider said, "It's unlikely she'll ever be seen in public again."

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Married American actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward stand together outdoors while attending a party held in their honor, England, October 14, 1969. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married for 50 years until Newman died of lung cancer at age 83 in 2008 (Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

This week, the Newman family gained attention when the daughters of 'The Hustler' star filed a lawsuit against the actor's nonprofit foundation, ABC news reported. They asserted that their father arranged for them to share a $400k annual salary from the organization. However, they claimed that their payouts had been reduced dramatically. They are suing for $1.4 million, which they intend to donate to charity.

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