Eva Marie Saint was born the 4th July 1924 in Newark, New Jersey, USA and is an actress who won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her role in “On the Waterfront” (1954), and played her best known role in Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” (1959). She is also the winner of Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival as well as Savannah Film and Video Festival Awards for Lifetime Achievements. Eva Marie Saint has been active in the entertainment industry since 1946.
How rich is the actress? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of Eva Marie Saint’s net worth is as much as $20 million, as of the data presented in the early 2017. Films, television and theatre are the major sources of Eva’s net worth.
Eva Marie Saint Net Worth $20 Million
To begin with, the daughter of John Merle Saint and Eva Marie was educated at Bethlehem Central High School near New York, from which she matriculated in 1942. She studied acting at Bowling Green State University.
Her career began in the mid-1940s with small television roles, commercials and radio appearances. In 1954, she gained her first Award from Theatre World for her performance in “The Trip to Bountiful”. In the course of her film career, Saint preferred mainly double edged and subtle roles and played only in relatively selected film projects. For her first role in the feature film “On the Waterfront” (1954) she won an Oscar, playing the mistress of Marlon Brando, whose brother dies in the harbour quarter. In the following years, other successful films followed, including Fred Zinnemann’s revolutionary drama film “A Hatful of Rain” (1957).
One of her best known roles she played in 1959, as a mysterious blonde in the film “North by Northwest”, directed by Alfred Hitchcock; the director insisted that Eva, who was known for her long blond hair, cut her hair because it would fit her character better. Then, she took major roles in the films “Exodus” (1960), the drama about the founding of Israel with Paul Newman, and as a tragic beauty in John Frankenheimer’s “All Fall Down” (1962). In 1965, she played the wife of school principal Richard Burton, and a year later, she was again under the direction of Frankenheimer, played a magazine editor in the film “Grand Prix” (1966).When the quality of film offers diminished in the 1970s, Saint worked again in the theatre. In 1986, she was as a fragile mother of Tom Hanks in the tragicomedy “Nothing in Common”.
During her television career, she received a total of five Emmy nominations, before she won an Emmy for her role in the miniseries “People Like Us” (1990). In 1990, she played the wife of the murdered Leon Klinghoffer (Burt Lancaster) in the television film “The Abduction” by Achille Lauro. Wim Wenders captured her in his film “Don’t Come Knocking” (2004), and in 2006, she appeared in “Superman Returns” as Martha Kent, the adoptive mother of the main character. Since 2012, Saint has appeared as a spokeswoman in the series “The Legend of Korra”. In 2014, she was in the main cast of the romantic drama film “Winter’s Tale” by Akiva Goldsman.
On the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Eva Marie Saint now has two stars, for her contributions to both film and TV.
Finally, in the personal life of the actress, Eva Marie Saint was married to the director and producer Jeffrey Hayden (1926-2016) from 1951 until the death. She has two children from this marriage and three grandchildren.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Member of the Delta Gamma sorority.
In 1987, the Eva Marie Saint Theater was dedicated on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She graduated from the university in 1946.
Got the part of Edie Doyle in On the Waterfront (1954) over Elizabeth Montgomery. Director Elia Kazan, in his autobiography "A Life," says that the choice of an actress to play the part was narrowed down to Montgomery and Saint, but there were also some qualms about Saint playing a teenager, since she was 30 years old at the time. Although Montgomery was fine in her screen test, there was an air of finishing school about her. Kazan thought this genteel quality would not be becoming for Edie, who was raised on the waterfront in Hoboken, New Jersey. He gave the part to Saint, and she went on to win cinematic immortality, and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, in the part.
Although the part of Edie Doyle properly is a lead, producer Sam Spiegel listed her as a Supporting Actress in the hopes of getting her a nomination. The ploy worked and she won the Oscar.
Has campaigned to ban the usage of cell phones by motorists.
[on Marlon Brando] I did refer to him once as a hummingbird because you just felt his sensitivity - his sensitivity to life, I guess, and certainly to the other actor and to the material and to the moment at hand. A hummingbird you're in awe of, and you can't really catch it, but every time I see one I wish I could get even closer. And so, Brando, in that sense, is humming with all that sensitivity, and in the beginning in put me off a bit. It felt like he understood me more than I understood myself, knew more about me than I felt I knew myself. And after a while I just relaxed. And I'd come from the Actors Studio; we all had, so I just relaxed and used that. I've never been intimidated by other actors because I'm' an actor. I'm not in awe, but I certainly have respect for other wonderful actors. People ask me 'weren't you nervous opposite Marlon Brando?' But no, I was at the Studio, and he was a member and a fine, fine actor.
[on Bob Hope] Let's talk about a sense of humor! He was just downright fun to work with. He's a workaholic, which I'm not--I've other interests in my life, but he's only happy when he's performing. He is an American institution.
[on Montgomery Clift] Very strange, to me. Very shy, really quite unavailable--but very curious. I didn't get to know him at all. He was so painfully shy that it made me shy; however, the shyness didn't exist when we were acting together.
[on Cary Grant] Adorable! A dear man and funny. Probably the most elegant man I've ever worked with--or even met.
[on Warren Beatty] Remote. There was an intelligence about him that I admired. That [All Fall Down (1962)] was one of his first films, so he wasn't that relaxed. It was hard to get to know him.
[on James Mason] I think he's a fine actor, a hell of an actor. A nice person to be with, hard-working and very professional.
There were six of us [Alfred Hitchcock] blondes, and it's like we were all married to the man at one time or another. And we all have a different take on him. Each actress was at a different stage of her life; we were different ages, some married, some not. My experience with Hitch was one of utter respect, warmth, friendliness and humor, and North by Northwest (1959) was a glorious time in my life.
[on the current crop of movie stars] America is now obsessed by stars in an unhealthy way. They don't actually deserve this kind of attention. They're only actors--not scientists who are triumphing over cancer or doing some other wonderful thing.
[on Alfred Hitchcock] Hitchcock said, "I don't want you going back to sink-to-sink movies. You do movies where you wash the dishes looking drab in an apron. The audience wants to see their leading ladies dressed up". He saw me as others didn't.