In the early 1950’s Eva Marie Saint was known as “the Helen Hayes of television,” as her acting and acclamation was such a high level. She was nominated twice for the Emmy Awards and starred beside, Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra and E. G. Marshall.
But her fame took off in her first big screen role, beating out other stars such as, Grace Kelly, Janice Rule, and Elizabeth Montgomery in Elia Kazan’s 1954, On the Waterfront, which won Best Picture that year at the Oscars and Eva Marie Saint went home with the award for Best Supporting Actresses.
She went on to star in A Hateful Rain in 1957, which garnered her the Best Foreign Actress” from the British Academy of Film and Television. She also starred in Raintree County that same year, starring with Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock surprised many by choosing the stately and serious Saint over dozens of other candidates for the femme fatale role in what was to become a suspense classic North by Northwest with Cary Grant and James Mason.
Saint went on to star in numerous films and TV movies and most recently gained a new audience of her portrayal of Martha Kent in Superman Returns.