EVA MARIE SAINT is a motion picture, stage, and television star without peer. Among her triumphs are the films On The Waterfront (1954), North by Northwest (1959), A Hatful of Rain (1957), Raintree County (1957), Exodus (1960), The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966), All Fall Down (1962), 36 Hours (1965), The Stalking Moon (1968), Grand Prix (1966), and Loving (1970). The list of her leading men reads like a galaxy: Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Warren Beatty, Richard Burton, Burt Lancaster, and Cary Grant.
She attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, with the intention of becoming a schoolteacher. Thankfully, she changed her major to theater arts and the University has since dedicated the theater on campus in her name.
Saint studied at the Actors Studio in New York and began her work in “live” television and theater. Elia Kazan saw her in A Trip to Bountiful on Broadway and cast her in On The Waterfront, for which she won an Academy Award®. She appeared in the following plays on Broadway, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in Los Angeles: Summer and Smoke; Desire Under the Elms; Candida; The Rainmaker; Winesburg, Ohio; Duet for One; The Lincoln Mask; First Monday in October; The Fatal Weakness; The Country Girl (for which she received the LA Dramalogue Award); and Death of a Salesman.
In television, she was nominated five times for an Emmy: the musical version of Our Town (1955) with Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman, Middle of the Night (1954) by Paddy Chayefsky, Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Taxi!! (1978) with Martin Sheen, and How The West Was Won; she won an Emmy for the mini-series People Like Us on NBC. Other TV triumphs include The Trip to Bountiful (1953) with Lillian Gish, Fatal Vision (1984) with Karl Malden, When Hell Was in Session (1979) with Hal Holbrook, The Last Days of Patton (1986) with George C. Scott, Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair (1990) with Burt Lancaster, Time to Say Goodbye? (1997) with Richard Kiley, and My Antonia (1995) with Jason Robards.
Her recent films include I Dreamed of Africa (2000), Because of Winn-Dixie (2005), Don’t Come Knocking (2005), Superman Returns (2006), and Winter’s Tale (2014).
Married to director Jeffrey Hayden for 65 years, she has collaborated with him on many theatrical projects. They have been performing together in Love Letters and On the Divide in theaters across America. They have two children, Darrell and Laurette. This in turn, has brought them four grandchildren, Tyler Dean, Molly Jo, Eli, and Stella Pearl, their best work so far.