Eva Marie Saint

Eva Marie Saint


Also Known As
Eva-Marie Saint
Birth Place
East Orange, New Jersey, USA
July 04, 1924


Though her film appearances were sporadic at best - less than 20 movies between 1955 and 2006 - Academy Award winner Eva Marie Saint enjoyed revered status among her peers due to her emotionally complex performances in several iconic films. She was perhaps best known as the delicate object of affection for dock worker Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront" (1951), which earned her an Oscar...

Photos & Videos

North by Northwest - Lobby Card Set
Grand Prix - Movie Posters
Raintree County - Pressbook

Family & Companions

Jeff Hayden
Director. Married in 1951.


Though her film appearances were sporadic at best - less than 20 movies between 1955 and 2006 - Academy Award winner Eva Marie Saint enjoyed revered status among her peers due to her emotionally complex performances in several iconic films. She was perhaps best known as the delicate object of affection for dock worker Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront" (1951), which earned her an Oscar. She would play variations on the role in several subsequent features, including "A Hatful of Rain" (1957), though Alfred Hitchcock would tap her inner sexiness as a double agent opposite Cary Grant in "North by Northwest" (1959). Sadly, the majority of Saint's films never rose to her skill level, so she found more substantive work on television, where she contributed greatly to such projects as "Fatal Vision" (1984) and "People Like Us" (1990). Her return to the big screen in "Superman Returns" (2006) reminded moviegoers not only of her timeless, ethereal beauty, but her acting chops, which - though rarely given their proper showcase - had been substantial enough to hold her own against the Brando's and Grant's of the world.

Born July 4, 1924 in Newark, NJ, Saint discovered acting as a student at Ohio's Bowling Green State University, which would later pay tribute by naming a campus theater after her. Her first exposure to a national audience came via radio and television dramas in the 1940s, where she made a name for herself with sensitive portrayals of young women, most notably as Emily Webb opposite Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra in a production of "Our Town" for "Producers' Showcase" (NBC, 1954-57) and "Middle of the Night" for "Philco TV Playhouse" (NBC, 1948-1955), which brought her a Emmy nomination in 1955. Saint also scored a professional triumph on Broadway opposite the legendary Lillian Gish in "The Trip to Bountiful," which earned her a Drama Critics Award in 1953. Saint's solid reputation among critics was becoming reinforced so often that she was referred to as "the Helen Hayes of television."

Saint's film debut was equally laudable. Director Elia Kazan cast her as Edie Doyle, the young sister of a murdered dockworker who captures the heart of rough dockhand Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando). A marvel of carefully modulated emotions, alternately delicate and fiery in her scenes with Brando, and especially in her confrontation with Karl Malden's waterfront priest, Saint's performance catapulted her to fame and earned her a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1954. The success of her "Waterfront" performance elevated Saint to the forefront of Hollywood actresses, and for a period of five years, she could be counted upon to bring emotional depth and grace to serious dramas. She received a Golden Globe nomination in 1958 as the pregnant wife of Don Murray's drug-addicted war veteran in "A Hatful of Rain," and excelled as Montgomery Clift's jilted sweetheart in Edward Dmytryk's Civil War drama, "Raintree Country" (1957).

Both roles were squarely in the mold of her "Waterfront" character - lovelorn, seemingly fragile but possessed of a bottomless emotional reserve - but Alfred Hitchcock saw another side to the actress when he cast her in his espionage drama, "North by Northwest" (1959). The Hitchcock thriller - one of the director's best loved - thrust Saint into entirely new territory as a coolly seductive spy who comes to the aid of but falls in love with advertising executive Cary Grant. The actress, who garnered considerable publicity for trimming her signature waist-length hair for the role, even indulged in several action sequences, most notably the famed showdown on Mount Rushmore that served as the film's conclusion. While some pundits may have viewed the marriage of a dramatic actress like Saint with an action-thriller as an awkward match, the results were entirely pleasing, and Saint received some of the best reviews of her career for the performance.

Though "Northwest" and her previous efforts had made Saint a star, by 1960 she was actively moving away from the Hollywood machine to spend more time with her husband, director Jeffrey Hayden, and their two children. As a result, her screen performances declined in number as the decade wore on. There were still several high-profile projects, most notably Otto Preminger's "Exodus" (1960), which cast her as an American nurse who becomes involved in the founding of the state of Israel. Director John Frankenheimer used her in two very different pictures - the Southern drama "All Fall Down" (1962), which cast her as a pregnant girl destroyed by Warren Beatty's wastrel, and the racing picture "Grand Prix" (1966). There were also supporting roles in "The Sandpiper" (1965) and "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!" (1966), but none were truly showcases for Saint's talent. By the mid-1960s, she was appearing more frequently on television, which would regularly provide her with work for the next two decades.

Saint made just two features in the 1970s, one of which - Irvin Kershner's marital drama "Loving" (1970), which cast her as the harried wife of rudderless commercial artist George Segal - offered her one of the meatiest parts to come her way in decades. For the most part, she preferred the shorter commitment and more intimate stories of made-for- TV features. She brought immeasurable prestige to numerous productions, including "Taxi" (NBC, 1978), a two-person drama with Martin Sheen that brought her an Emmy nomination. Saint was also stellar in the POW drama "When Hell Was in Session" (NBC, 1979), as the mother of anorexic teen Jennifer Jason Leigh in "The Best Little Girl in the World" (ABC, 1981), and as the mother who fights to see justice for her slain daughter in "Fatal Vision" (NBC, 1984), which was based on the Jeffrey MacDonald murder trial.

Saint's television schedule was remarkably active throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to the aforementioned projects, she also appeared in the miniseries "A Year in the Life" (NBC, 1986), which hinged its dramatic arc on the death of her beloved family matriarch, and made several appearances as Cybill Shepherd's mother on "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1985-89). In the middle of this flurry of work, she returned to moviemaking for the first time in over a decade as Tom Hanks' mother in the Garry Marshall comedy "Nothing in Common" (1986). Critics applauded her return to features, but Saint was soon back on the small screen in numerous projects, including George C. Scott's wife in "The Last Days of Patton" (CBS, 1986) and "People Like Us" (1990), an adaptation of a Dominick Dunne novel that won her an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress.

Saint began making inroads back to features in the late 1990s and early 2000s; most went largely unseen, like the Kim Basinger drama "I Dreamed of Africa" in 2000 and Wim Wenders' "Don't Come Knocking" (2005), which cast her as the mother of star and screenwriter Sam Shepard. However, "Superman Returns" (2006) afforded her one of her biggest film showcases ever as Martha Kent, the adoptive human mother of the Man of Steel. Saint displayed her enormous capacity for warmth in her scenes with newly-minted Superman, Brandon Routh, who experiences a crisis of conscience while attempting to revive his status as savior of Metropolis.



Cast (Feature Film)

Winter's Tale (2014)
Superman Returns (2006)
Martha Kent
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
Don't Come Knocking (2005)
Open House (2003)
Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest (2000)
I Dreamed of Africa (2000)
Papa's Angels (2000)
Jackie's Back! (1999)
Time to Say Goodbye? (1997)
Ruth Klooster
After Jimmy (1996)
My Antonia (1995)
Kiss of a Killer (1993)
Palomino (1991)
I'll Be Home For Christmas (1988)
Martha Bundy
Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties (1987)
Emma Welles
Nothing in Common (1986)
The Last Days of Patton (1986)
Beatrice Patton
Jane Doe (1983)
Dr Addie Coleman
The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)
Splendor in the Grass (1981)
When Hell Was in Session (1979)
A Christmas to Remember (1978)
Emma Larson
The Macahans (1976)
Cancel My Reservation (1972)
Sheila Bartlett
Loving (1970)
Selma Wilson
The Stalking Moon (1968)
Sarah Carter
Grand Prix (1966)
Louise Frederickson
The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966)
Elspeth Whittaker
36 Hours (1965)
Anna Hedler
The Sandpiper (1965)
Claire Hewitt
A Carol for Another Christmas (1964)
All Fall Down (1962)
Echo O'Brien
Exodus (1960)
Katherine "Kitty" Fremont
North by Northwest (1959)
Eve Kendall
Raintree County (1957)
Nell Gaither
A Hatful of Rain (1957)
Celia Pope
That Certain Feeling (1956)
Dunreath Henry, also known as Ethel Jankowski Dignan
On the Waterfront (1954)
Edie Doyle

Cast (Special)

Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute (2015)
Eva Marie Saint: Live From the TCM Classic Film Festival (2014)
Cary Grant: A Class Apart (2004)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001)
Alfred Hitchcock: The E! True Hollywood Story (1999)
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998)
Paul Newman: Hollywood's Charming Rebel (1995)
Legend to Legend Night (1993)
East Wind, West Wind: Pearl Buck, the Woman Who Embraced the World (1993)
The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1993)
Primary Colors: The Story of Corita (1991)
Lillian Gish: The Actor's Life For Me (1988)
Cary Grant: The Leading Man (1988)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish (1984)
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb (1980)
Sarah Morrissey
Taxi (1978)
The Last War (1946)

Producer (Special)

Primary Colors: The Story of Corita (1991)
Executive Producer

Cast (Short)

Grand Prix Challenge of the Champions (1966)
A Special Message from Eva Marie Saint (1959)
Operation Raintree (1957)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Titanic: The Survivors Story (1996)
Voyage of Terror: The Achille Lauro Affair (1990)
People Like Us (1990)
A Year in the Life (1986)
Ruth Gardner
Love Leads the Way (1984)
Dorothy Eustis
Fatal Vision (1984)
Mildred Kassab
Malibu (1983)
Mary Wharton

Life Events


TV series debut as regular, "One Man's Family"


Made Broadway debut in "The Trip To Bountiful"


Screen debut in "On the Waterfront"


Won praise for appearing as Emily in "Our Town" (NBC)


First TV appearance in nine years the TV-movie "Her School for Bachelors"


Last film appearance for 14 years, "Cancel My Reservation"


Co-starred with James Arness in the TV-movie "The Machans"; her character was killed off in the first episode of the subsequent series, "How the West Was Won"


Returned to the stage to star in "First Monday in October"


Returned to features to play Tom Hanks' mother in "Nothing in Common"


Played recurring role as Cybill Shepherd's mother in the ABC series "Moonlighting


Cast in John Bailey's "Mariette in Ecstasy"


Starred opposite Kim Basinger in "I Dreamed of Africa"


Cast opposite Jeff Daniels in the family drama "Because of Winn-Dixie"


Played Martha Kent, the adoptive mother of Clark Kent in the Bryan Singer-directed "Superman Returns"


Cast in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" starring Sam Shepard

Photo Collections

North by Northwest - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from North by Northwest (1959). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Grand Prix - Movie Posters
Grand Prix - Movie Posters
Raintree County - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Raintree County (1957). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Exodus - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster (designed by Saul Bass) for Exodus (1960), produced and directed by Otto Preminger. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Raintree County - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Raintree County (1957), starring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, and directed by Edward Dmytryk.
North by Northwest - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several behind-the-scenes photos taken during the shooting of North by Northwest (1959). Look for director Alfred Hitchcock and stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason.
36 Hours - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of 36 Hours (1965), starring James Garner, Rod Taylor, and Eva Marie Saint.
All Fall Down - Movie Poster
Here is the American One-Sheet Movie Poster from All Fall Down (1962). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.


Movie Clip

36 Hours (1964) -- (Movie Clip) London, May 31, 1944 Opening, James Garner as American Pike, with Alan Napier as Col. MacLean and Russell Thorson as Gen. Allison, discussing the upcoming Normandy invasion and ways to find out what the Germans know, in 36 Hours, 1964, co-starring Rod Taylor and Eva Marie Saint.
Sandpiper, The (1965) -- (Movie Clip) The Father Was Abandoned By Me The first meeting of principals Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in their first picture after Cleopatra, 1963, he’s the Episcopal priest headmaster of a California boarding school, she’s the free-spirited mother of a son sent there by a judge, Eva Marie Saint his wife, in The Sandpiper, 1965.
Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Special (2015) -- (Excerpt) From Robert Osborne's 20th Anniversary Tribute, 2015.
Loving (1970) -- (Movie Clip) Get The Pliers Please Director Irvin Kershner and cinematographer Gordon Willis find George Segal as frazzled commercial artist Brooks arriving late in Manhattan where he’s intercepted by pal Skip (100% un-credited Roy Scheider) with an update, leaving time to visit his quirky agent Edward (Keenan Wynn) and equally odd assistant Charles (James Manis), in Loving, 1970.
Loving (1970) -- (Movie Clip) Opening, Brooks Absorbing opening from director Irvin Kershner, introducing without dialogue George Segal as commercial artist Brooks, and Janis Young, whom we’ll learn is his mistress, with cinematographer Gordon Willis, in only his third feature, exhibiting some of his well-known ability to capture Manhattan, in Loving, 1970, co-starring Eva Marie Saint.
Loving (1970) -- (Movie Clip) Just Before The Kiss Goodbye At his kids’ Long Island school musical performance, harried commercial artist Brooks brushes off frisky fellow parent Nellie (Nancie Phillips) and husband (David Doyle), then collects wife Selma (Eva Marie Saint, her first scene) and daughters, who asks whether he landed a big account then, back at home, poses for him, in Loving, 1970.
Loving (1970) -- (Movie Clip) Artists Are Sort Of Effeminate Scrambling with ad-agency pal Skip (Roy Scheider) to catch Midwestern trucking firm mogul Lepridon (Sterling Hayden) at the Manhattan building site for his new headquarters, commercial artist Brooks (George Segal) comes up with a new angle to land a big contract, Irvin Kershner directing from the novel by J.M. Ryan, in Loving, 1970.
Raintree County (1957) -- (Movie Clip) Do I Shock You? Professor Stiles (Nigel Patrick) on a pre-graduation picnic, tells John (Montgomery Clift), Nell (Eva Marie Saint) and the class of their Indiana town's mythic roots, early in Raintree County, 1957, from the celebrated novel by Ross Lockridge Jr.
Raintree County (1957) -- (Movie Clip) Picture-Taking Orgy In the opening scene, Professor Stiles (Nigel Patrick), Nell (Eva Marie Saint), Garwood (Rod Taylor) and John (Montgomery Clift) are introduced, in Edward Dmytryk's Civil War saga Raintree County, 1957.
Raintree County (1957) -- (Movie Clip) Better Put On My Pants The 4th of July footrace, with the professor (Nigel Patrick) backing John (Montgomery Clift) who is drunk for the first time, against "Flash" Perkins (Lee Marvin), Nell (Eva Marie Saint) and Susanna (Elizabeth Taylor) spectating, in Raintree County, 1957.
Raintree County (1957) -- (Movie Clip) There Are No Neutrals! John (Montgomery Clift) chases down his erstwhile girlfriend Nell (Eva Marie Saint) in the Indiana woods and, as they try to reconcile, meets vigilantes seeking the professor, in the Civil War epic Raintree County, 1957.
Raintree County (1957) -- (Movie Clip) Opening Credits After the Overture, with Nat "King" Cole singing the theme, the opening credits for director Edward Dmytryk's sprawling Civil War epic Raintree County, 1957, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Eva Marie Saint.


On The Waterfront - (Original Trailer) Eight Academy Awards went to On The Waterfront (1954) about a stevedore (Marlon Brando) thinking of informing on the mob.
Exodus - (Textless trailer) Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint lead an all-star cast in Otto Preminger's epic about the formation of the modern state of Israel, Exodus (1960).
36 Hours - (Original Trailer) James Garner thinks World War II is over but it's all a charade concocted by the Nazis in 36 Hours (1965).
All Fall Down - (Original Trailer) A young drifter's romance with an older woman is threatened by his possessive mother in All Fall Down (1962) starring Warren Beatty and Eva Marie Saint.
Sandpiper, The - (Original Trailer) An Episcopal priest (Richard Burton) falls for a bohemian artist (Elizabeth Taylor) living in Big Sur in The Sandpiper (1965).
North By Northwest - (Original Trailer) An advertising man is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase in Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) starring Cary Grant.
Grand Prix - (Re-issue Trailer) Auto racers find danger and romance at the legendary European road race - Grand Prix (1966), starring James Garner & Yves Montand.
Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, The - (Wide release trailer) When a Russian sub runs aground in New England, it creates a local panic in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, 1966, starring Alan Arkin, directed by Norman Jewison.
North By Northwest -- (Movie Trailer) Hitchcock Tour Alfred Hitchcock with one of his signature personal invitations, the theatrical trailer for North By Northwest, 1959, starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason.



Darrell Hayden
Graphic designer. Born c. 1955.
Laurette Hayden
Born on July 19, 1958.


Jeff Hayden
Director. Married in 1951.