Image by Kari Rosenfeld
While romance abounds in Hollywood, it’s rare that it fosters lasting, steady relationships, which is why the story of Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward is so heart-warming. The two actors celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008, shortly before Newman passed away. They chose to eschew the Hollywood lifestyle to live in an 18th-century Connecticut farmhouse together for 48 years. Their resulting life was wholesome and all-American but showed a genuine warmth between the couple. Today’s installment of Wild Love is dedicated to their cheery, idyllic aesthetic.
Newman and Woodward, photo by Classic Film Scans
Image by Kari Rosenfeld
Newman met Woodward in 1953 while working on Broadway. Five years later, they were married and made the conscious choice to stay in New England, a decision Woodward said solidified their marriage. ”We were never Hollywood people,” Woodward has said. “We just liked it better here. It also probably helps that we always enjoyed each other’s company.” They remained in Westport, Connecticut for the duration of their marriage and poured themselves into the surrounding community, restoring and re-opening the Westport Country Playhouse, of which Woodward remains the Artistic Director to this day.
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Newman and Woodward together, photo from Wikimedia
Much has been made about the secret behind Newman and Woodward’s marriage, which outlasted so many of their peers’. Woodward was an icy southern blond who won many beauty pageants at a young age, and Newman was, well, Paul Newman. Famously playing hardened men with a heart of gold, Newman rose to fame with movies such as Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, and Hud. His passion, however, was for theater, one he shared with Woodward enthusiastically. Though they only acted in a handful of movies together on-screen, they often directed each other both on-screen and on-stage.
Newman famously told Playboy, “I have steak at home. Why go out for hamburger?”, a motto that came to represent the idyllic perception many had of the couple. He credited their success with “correct amounts of lust and respect”. While one has to imagine that many of these perceptions were a product of the myth-making necessary for two working Hollywood personalities, the idyllic aspects of Newman and Woodward’s relationship outlasted many of the more cynical views towards monogamy that rose to popularity in the latter half of the twentieth century, hinting at something deeper behind the perfect exterior and soundbites.
In the style of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, I created a cheery bouquet that is a like something from a perfect New England garden. After the jump, I’ll tell you how I made it and tell you a little more about how it represents this incredible couple. — Mary Kathryn
Above images by Kari Rosenfeld
For this bouquet I wanted the flowers to be bright and reminiscent of an idyllic American life, but to also be sturdy and long-lasting. I started with a base of Hydrangeas, blue and white, carefully trimming back clusters on each stem and intertwining the white and blue flowers. Next, I added the electric green Viburnum, a shrub that is both hardy and looks straight out of a lush garden. The mix of these two types of flowers provides the fullness to accentuate the white Dahlias, whose petals fade to a lime green in the center, echoing the color in the Viburnum. Hellebores are a late winter bloom, but provide an elegant hint of wildness to this bouquet. Lastly, tiny blue Forget-Me-Nots and red Geranium are reminiscent of potted plants on front porches and give this bouquet an all-American color palette.
Newman and Woodward together, photo from Classic Film Scans