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70508: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s 1958 Wedding

“All right then…run,lady, and you keep on running. Buy yourself a bus ticket and disappear. Change your name, dye your hair, get lost– and then maybe, just maybe, you’re gonna be safe from me.” Much like their characters Ben Quick and Clara Varner in the movie adaptation of the Tennessee Williams classic The Long, Hot Summer, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward would fight their fate before succumbing to their love for each other. Having met during the Broadway production of Picnic in 1953, it would take five years– years which would see Newman end his first marriage and Ms. Woodward accept proposals from three different beaus– before the couple said “I do.”

On January 29, 1958, the future film legends pledged their devotion during a civil ceremony held at the El Rancho Hotel, a Las Vegas venue that would go up in flames two years later. To commemorate their marriage, AARP Magazine reports that the groom presented his bride with a silver cup engraved with a message to his love, “So you wound up with Apollo. If he’s sometimes hard to swallow, use this.”

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Wedding photo: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

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