Sadly, Joanne Woodward's health is slipping quickly due to the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman were inseparable from 1958 until 2008, when Newman passed away at the age of 83 from cancer. They met in 1958, according to Life & Times of Hollywood, when they co-starred in the classic film "The Long, Hot Summer."
Today, it’s reported that 85-year-old Woodward has lost nearly all memories of Paul from her fight with Alzheimer's Disease. Newman left his billions to his wife and charities but gave just $5 million to each of his children. A source close to the family was quoted as saying her "health is rapidly deteriorating, and only once in a while states that she used to be married to someone handsome."
Shortly after Newman passed in 2008, Woodward started to first exhibit signs of Alzheimer's. The couple’s daughters began noticing that their mother was frequently disoriented. The disease grew worse, and she now requires 24-7 care. She rarely speaks and seldom recognizes her children or grandchildren.
Woodward’s illness has precipitated a family battle other over Newman's billion-dollar estate. Just before his death, he gave each of his five daughters, three with Woodward and two from his first marriage, $5 million each for their inheritance. Newman believed that his children were all successful and didn’t need the family money. The majority of his estate was left to Joanne and various charities.
Newman's children are apparently not happy with their father's decision. They’re concerned about whether Joanne included them in her will. They think she could leave them nothing and donate the billion-dollar estate to charity. There’s no word on what Woodward decided to do with the estate, but some speculate that the five Newman children are fighting over the cash and could contest their mom’s will after her death.
Reference: Blasting News (July 24, 2017) “Hollywood star Joanne Woodward can't remember husband Paul Newman anymore”