Author Talk: Melissa Newman - Head Over Heels: Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman: A Love Affair in Words and Pictures

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Wilton Library
Brubeck Room

Event Details

Please join us for a special Author Talk with Melissa Newman on December 4, at 7 p.m., when she shares with us an extraordinary and deeply personal new look inside the private life of her parents Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward as presented in the recently published and lushly illustrated book, Head Over Heels: Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman: A Love Affair in Words and Pictures. This luxurious coffee-table volume with 120+ photos will make the perfect holiday, anniversary, or Valentine’s Day gift for anyone wanting to celebrate the enduring power of love.

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman became not only movie stars and stage actors, but also artistic collaborators, political activists, and philanthropists whose legacies are expansive and enduringly modern. They are one of America's most indelibly iconic couples, and while their love story wasn’t always a fairytale, it is the stuff of Hollywood legend.

The book is chock full of handwritten love notes, snapshots, letters, and family treasures that have never been released—and offer revelatory and intimate insights into the private lives of these towering figures in American public life.

The images, taken by some of the most celebrated photographers of our time including, Richard Avedon, Philippe Halsman, and Gordon Parks, plus family snapshots capture candid and telling moments to beautifully illuminate the connection between two complex, passionate artists who opened their hearts and minds to each other for over a half-century.

Not only will lifelong fans of Paul and Joanne have their love affair with the couple rekindled, but a whole new generation of fans are poised to be drawn into a love affair with Hollywood’s golden couple. This book is Melissa's heartfelt gift to her parents—and to all of us.

“Mesmerizing. What shines most brightly, however, is the couple’s romance. Melissa has created a testament not only to how much Newman and Woodward loved each other, she also honors how much they enjoyed each other. The affection is palpable..."   - Starred Booklist Review 

Melissa Newman is an artist, teacher, singer and writer, based in Westport Connecticut. 

Elm Street Books will be selling copies and Melissa will be signing books after the talk. A portion of the proceeds goes to Wilton Library.

The media sponsor of our author talks is GOOD Morning Wilton.

Registration required. For more information visit or email 

Event Type(s): Author Talk
Age Group(s): Adults

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