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Eva Marie Saint

 

  1. Irene Papas, Tribute To A Bad Man, 1955.     When Grace Kelly cooled (she was hoping for Giant), Spencer Tracy began to question his own interest on the project. All the more so when finding a replacement proved as troublesome as his health. No one wanted the part: Saint, Jennifer Jones, Dorothy McGuire, Marjorie Steele, etc. Although impressed by Eva in On The Waterfront, Spence voted McGuire (not for the first time). Director Robert Wise preferred “the simply awful Greek” - of whom Tracy had also commented: “Boy or girl?”
  2. Shirley Jones, Oklahoma, 1955.     From the outset, director Fred Zinnemann wanted actors rather than singers... Saint or Joanne Woodward as Laurey, Montgomery Clift, James Dean or Paul Newman as Curly and Rod Steiger or Eli Wallach for p’or Jud Fry. However, the musical’s parents had casting approval - Rodgers and Hammerstein agreed only on Steiger. Jones’ debut was actualy shot in... Arizona.
  3. Kim Novak, The Eddy Duchin Story, 1955.  Both Saint and Joan Fontaine were seen for the 30s/40s’ pianist-bandleader’s first wife, Marjorie Oelrichs. (She died in childbirth). Director George Sidney preferred Novak.  Younger, he said. And not a word about her being under contract to the film’s backer, Columbia. Tyrone Power was an effective Duchin.  
  4. Joanne Woodward, The Long Hot Summer,1957.  Martin Riitt wanted EMS - they’d worked together at the Actors Studio - and No Down Paymentin 1956. Ritt also highly rated Woodward. “She was tougher to cast [than husband Paul] Newman] because she was just a very good actress.” But Fox was a hot for her due to first reports about her Three Facesof Eve.  And so the Newmans-to-be  won spent two monhs on location in Louisiana.
  5. Janet Leigh, Psycho, 1959.  Obvious first choice, after North By Northwest,  for The  Master's master stroke.  "What if we got a big-name actress to play the girl?  Nobody will expect her to die."  Hitch also mused about Shirley Jones, Hope Lange, Piper Laurie, even Lana Turner.  Scenarist Joseph  Stefano was  not  convinced until Alfred Hitchcock mentioned Janet Leigh - “because she was someone with no association with this kind of film.”
  6. Maria Schell, Cimarron,1960.    The mopey German beat Saint to the titular Glenn Ford’s wife, Sabra Cravat, in the second film of Edna Ferber’s typicably epic novel...  The first 1931 version won the Best Film Oscar. This one did not. Ferber hated it. “I shan’t go into the anachronisms in dialogue; the selection of a foreign-born actress to play an American-born bride; the repetition; the bewildering lack of sequence.... This old gray head turned almost black during those two (or was it three?) hours.”
  7. Tippi Hedern, Marnie, 1963.    And again…  When it proved (royally, politically) impossible for Grace Kelly to return to the screen as, of all  things for a serene princess to play, a compulsive (and frigid) thief, Alfred Hitchcock cast a wider net.  He totally engulfed the unknown Griswold (Mrs Sydney Pollack)…  then,  the  British  Susan Hampshire,   his mousey pactee Vera Miles, Lee Remick  and Saint  - Hitch called her “the holiest of actresses.”
  8. Anne Bancroft, The Graduate, 1967.     "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me…  aren't you?" Despite his hots for Ingrid Bergman, Deborah Kerr and Jeanne Moreau, Mike Nichols knew Dustin Hoffman’s seducerhad to be American. And so the first $1m director ploughed through Eva Marie,  Doris Day, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Susan Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Patricia Neal, Geraldine Page, Lana Turner, Shelley Winters. And the prerequisite outsider: Grayson Hall,  of the 1966-1972 supernatural soap,Dark Shadows.
  9. Joan Hackett, Will Penny, 1967.     Lee Remick refused it, Jean Simmons was unavailable, and Saint was "closer, physically, to our frontier woman," noted Charlton Heston in his diary, "and a good actress to boot."
  10. Kim Hunter, Planet of the Apes, 1967.
  11. Faye Dunaway,  The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968.    Having made The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, with her, Canadian director Norman Jewison announced her as the insurance investigator. Too old, screamed the suits. OK, the director drew up a dreamy wish list:  Anouk Aimé,  Brigitte Bardot, Candice Bergen, Leslie Caron, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, Sharon Tate,   Raquel Welch… and his star, Steve McQueen, suggested testing Camilla Sparv.  However, there was a  bonnier (not classier) blonde in town. “I’ve just seen an early print of Bonnie and Clyde, ”said Jewison,  “and you’re gonna spend eight hours kissing her!”

 

 

 

 

 





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