One of Hollywood’s most enduring marriages began on January 29, 1958, when Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward wed in Las Vegas, Nevada. The actors met in New York City while performing in the Broadway production of Picnic, a romantic drama. Following the success of the play both Newman and Woodward moved to Los Angeles where they both became contract players.
Following their marriage in 1958 the couple traveled to London where they honeymooned at the Connaught Hotel. Woodward essentially dropped out of the entertainment industry to be Newman’s wife, but in 1968 she starred in Rachel, Rachel, Newman’s directorial debut.
Woodward received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, one of four total nominations that the film received. Newman told the press that he directed the movie for her after she gave up her career for him.
The Las Vegas of the 1950s was nothing like the Vegas of today. Sure, there was gambling and wild shows, but when the city of sin first came about it was a place where inhibitions disappeared and people let their cares (and money) disappear.
This floating craps table in a swimming pool is indicative of the “anything goes” mindset of Vegas in the ’50s. Want to lose your money in a pool?