More Eva Marie Saint Bios & Profiles
Biography #2The motion picture, stage and television star was honored with an Academy Award for her first film, On The Waterfront, and went on to star in such movies as A Hatful of Rain, That Certain Feeling, Raintree County, Exodus, North By Northwest, All Fall Down, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! Grand Prix, The Stalking Moon, Loving and Nothing In Common.
Saint grew up in Delmar, New York, and attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, intending to become a schoolteacher. After trying out for a school play on a dare, she won the leading role and has been acting ever since. The University recently honored her with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts and renamed its main campus theatre The Eva Marie Saint Theatre.
Upon graduation, she went to New York City and studied at The American Theatre Wing and with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio. Launching her career during the golden age of live television, she was Emmy-nominated for several memorable television presentations and moved to Broadway in The Trip To Bountiful. Elia Kazan saw her in the play, which led to her first film, On The Waterfront with Marlon Brando, and the coveted Oscar.
In 1990, on her fifth nomination, she won an Emmy for the miniseries People Like Us. Her many TV appearances include playing Cybill Shepherd's mother on the Moonlighting series, The Titanic miniseries, Time To Say Goodbye, Fatal Vision, When Hell Was In Session, The Last Days Of Patton, The Achille-Lauro Affair, Best Little Girl In The World, Where's Jimmy? and My Antonia. She also starred in three memorable holiday specials: A Christmas To Remember, I'll Be Home For Christmas and Breaking Home Ties.
In addition to The Trip To Bountiful, the Broadway production that brought her the Drama Critics Award and Outer Circle Critics Award, she starred on the New York stage in The Lincoln Mask and Duet For One, and on major stages across America in plays by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Eugene O'Neill.
Saint and her husband, director Jeffrey Hayden, produced for PBS the critically acclaimed television documentary Primary Colors: The Story Of Corita, which she narrated. They also co-produced the Emmy Award-winning documentary Children In America's Schools with Bill Moyers for PBS.
Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment (15-May-2002)