In his forthcoming posthumous book, “Paul Newman: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man,” Paul Newman describes in explicit detail the passionate sex life he lived with his wife of 50 years, Joanne Woodward.
In the actor’s forthcoming postmortem biography, he discusses their passionate love affair. In 2008, at the age of 83, Newman passed away, ending the couple’s 50-year marriage.
The actor’s loved ones, acquaintances, and coworkers, as well as Newman himself, were all interviewed for the book, and they all agreed to go on the record while promising to be “fully honest.”
Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward had a wild sex life
According to an extract received by People magazine, Newman remarked, “Joanne gave birth to a sexual thing.” “We were leaving a wake of passion everywhere we went. Hotels, parks, and Hertz car rental.”
The book digs into Newman’s concerns as a kid in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he had to get special permission to play football for the school because of his diminutive stature. Newman was candid about his struggles with self-doubt and rejection by women in his younger years.
A nice guy freak, he said. “The ladies all took me for a fool. A cheerful idiot.”
The Oscar winner said his outlook altered after meeting Woodward, who had been cast as an understudy in the original 1953 production of William Inge’s play “Picnic.”
They had three small children together: Scott, Susan, and Stephanie. This was Newman’s first marriage, to Jackie Witte. Unfortunately, he was unable to resist Woodward’s charms, and the two soon began a stormy affair.
From “not much of a sexual danger” to “something else totally,” he said.
After his 1958 divorce from Witte, Newman married actress Joanne Woodward in Sin City. Paul Newman recounted an incident from their early married life together in the biography.
He recalls arriving at their Beverly Hills home to discover that Woodward had “proudly” renamed the room off the master bedroom, which she had furnished with a “thrift shop double bed,” the ” F—- Hut.
The work “had been done with such passion and joy,” Paul Newman said. Several times a week, “even if my kids were over,” one parent said, “we’d go into the F—- Hut and just be personal, rowdy, and ribald.”
Their three daughters, Nell, Melissa, and Clea, followed them to Westport, Connecticut.
They made 16 films together, and Woodward and Paul Newman are remembered as one of Hollywood’s most iconic couples. They stayed together till Newman passed away at age 83 in 2008.
Paul Newman, though, was transparent about the strains on his marriage brought on by his alcoholism.
The two “still drive each other crazy in various ways,” he remarked of his wife Joanne. However, “through the years, all the wrongdoings, betrayals, and problems have more or less evened themselves out.”
Their daughter Clea said, “They battled and it might be dramatic, but they also worked incredibly hard to remain together.”
She emphasized that “they didn’t walk” while explaining what happened. “At times it was quite close, but they persevered. The two parties eventually agreed to work together.”
In 1986, Paul Newman and his best friend and fellow screenwriter Stewart Stern started working together on what would become their biography. Stern spent five years on the project, during which he interviewed Newman and condensed their conversations into an oral biography of his life.
On October 18, you may purchase “Paul Newman: The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man.”