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The 5 Roles That Defined Joanne Woodward's Career

By    |   Friday, 15 May 2015 03:28 PM

Although she is most famous for her role as a woman suffering from multiple personality disorder in "The Three Faces of Eve," Joanne Woodward played many great roles throughout her long acting career. Woodward was also one half of one of Hollywood's most legendary power couples, married to Paul Newman for some 50 years until his death in 2008, and co-starring with the actor in numerous box office hits over the decades.

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Here are Woodward's five most career defining movie roles.

1. Eve White/Eve Black/Jane "The Three Faces of Eve" (1957)
The movie that started and defined Woodward's career was her Academy Award winning performance in the "The Three Faces of Eve." Here she "astounded audiences and critics alike with her stellar performance (portraying) a woman with three distinct personalities — a southern housewife, a vixen, and a normal young woman — and gave each their own unique voices and gestures," according to Biography.com.

2. Clara Varner, "The Long Hot Summer"
(1958)
"The Long Hot Summer" was Woodward's first movie role acting with Paul Newman. In it she plays the heiress Clara Varner who is living in a small town in Mississippi and whose father pushes her to marry a misunderstood drifter named Ben Quick (played by Newman) after he returns to town.

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3. Carol Cutrere, "The Fugitive Kind" (1960)
Although Woodward co-starred with her husband in many of her movies, she also did some outstanding work starring in roles opposite other strong male leads. In 1960, she played Carol Cutrere in "The Fugitive Kind," which also starred Marlon Brando as a drifter pursued by Woodward's character as well as that of Anna Magnani, who plays a sex-starved store owner whose husband is dying of cancer.

4. Rachel Cameron, "Rachel Rachel" (1968)
Newman directed and produced "Rachel Rachel," where Woodward plays the role of Rachel Cameron, an old-maid schoolteacher who is still hopeful she will find love. The movie was nominated for a Best Picture at the Academy Awards and Woodward received her second Best Actress nomination of her career (although neither the film nor Woodward won this year).

5. Rita Walden, "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams"
(1973)
Woodward was nominated for her third Best Actress Oscar (but again did not win) for her work in 1973's "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams," a drama where she plays the role of Rita Walden, a middle-aged, married New Yorker suffering from depression and nightmares who has a complete emotional breakdown after her mother's death.

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