"Patience. Affection." —Paul Newman on the secret to a long-lasting marriage
Paul: "People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked."
Paul, when asked if he was ever "tempted" by beautiful Hollywood actresses: "I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?"
Joanne Woodward, on the advantage of working with her husband: "Familiarity. ... Very often you have to work with someone you don't know, and part of truth on screen is having the truth of a relationship and being comfortable with someone. It's very hard to manufacture. If you've never met someone and you have to be intimate with them, and I don't just mean sexual intimacy but comfortable touching somebody or interrupting their sentences ... that's built in, if you are married to somebody. All the history you would have to work on is all just there."
Paul: "[Joanne] was modern and independent. I was shy, a bit conservative. It took me a long time to persuade her that I wasn't as dull as I looked."
Paul: "For people with as little in common as Joanne and myself, we have an uncommonly good marriage. We are actors. We make pictures and that's about all we have in common. Maybe that's enough. Wives shouldn't feel obligated to accompany their husbands to a ball game; husbands do look a bit silly attending morning coffee breaks with the neighborhood wives when most men are out at work. Husbands and wives should have separate interests, cultivate different sets of friends and not impose on the other. ... You can't spend a lifetime breathing down each other's necks."
Joanne: "Paul and I were good friends before we were lovers. We really liked each other. We could talk to each other, we could tell each other anything without fear of ridicule or rejection. There was trust."
Paul: "To be an actor, you have to be a child."
Paul, on their honeymoon: "There were no tourists to speak of and we would drive off into the country till we were lost and then check into country inns at nightfall. It felt good being married."
Paul, on the success of his collaborations with Joanne: "You should see us when we get back to the bedroom."
Paul: "I never ask my wife about my flaws. Instead, I try to get her to ignore them and concentrate on my sense of humor. You don't want any woman to look under the carpet, guys, because there's lots of flaws underneath. Joanne believes my character in a film we did together, 'Mr. & Mrs. Bridge,' comes closest to who I really am. I personally don't think there's one character who comes close ... but I learned a long time ago not to disagree on things that I don't have a solid opinion about."
Paul: "[Joanne] has always given me unconditional support in all my choices and endeavors, and that includes my race car driving, which she deplores. To me, that's love."
Joanne: "Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day ... ah, now that's a real treat."
Actor Liev Schreiber, quoted in Elle: "I worked with [Paul Newman] on the  movie 'Twilight.' When Joanne Woodward came on set, he put his arm around my shoulder and said to me, 'Will you look at the ass on her?' That really struck me as an ideal relationship. I love the idea that a guy approaching 80 still loved his wife's ass."
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