Sunday, January 26, 2014
This is the story of how I met my husband, he has a whole different story, but, well, that’s a different story altogether. After 21 years of marriage, WE,have established that I am almost always right.
I was 16 and living in Guatemala, my father was stationed there with the American Embassy, and I was having, much like the popular movie of that time, having the time of my life. I was a singer in a 80’s pop foursome, and because of a Guatemalan law, incoming International concerts had to have local act open for them, which was our group. That meant playing for crowds of thousands of people and boy was it FUN! The largest concert we ever played was a converted bull-fighting ring, and it was a logistical nightmare. The security company decided to bring in some large local College boys, think College Hunks hauling Junk types, and they served as the VIP Security and Security for the different Pop Groups.
I was back stage and had thrown up I was so nervous, there was almost 10,000 spectators, suddenly behind me was man acquaintance and his friend, a drop dead gorgeous hunk of a man. My brain processed there was a beautiful man talking to me, but my nervousness overrode my brain and I did not say much. As they walked away I heard him and our mutual friend talking about me and then he said“She has a rocking body.” As a former fat kid, that was it, I was in love.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Sometimes love is wonderful the second time around.
Paul Newman was already married when he met Joanne Woodward in 1953. The couple fell in love while acting together in the Broadway production of "Picnic"
Five years later, shortly after his divorce, Newman and Woodward married, and made the decision to put marriage before fame. They moved into an 18th Century Connecticut farmhouse, far away from the Hollywood scene.
Newman and Woodward continued to build stellar careers, but devoted time to their humanitarian aid, their community, their family, and mostly to each other.
When Joanne Woodward returned to school and earned her degree, graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she walked along side her youngest daughter,Clea. She was also very well acquainted with the famous commencement speaker, Paul Newman.
Known for his quips about marriage and fidelity,
"Why go out for a hamburger when you have steak at home?"
"Joanne is one of the last great broads."
his revelation of a dream he had just before delivering the commencement address really says it all.
He dreamed that a woman had asked,
"How dare you accept this invitation to give the commencement address when you are merely hanging on to the coattails of the accomplishments of your wife.?"
Newman and Woodward celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary the January before Paul Newman died.
The public knows much of the sadness the family experienced, and some of the joy and celebration. It's what marriage is all about: for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman,fifty years of a full life together...not too bad for the second time around.