Eva Marie Saint to Appear on CBS SUNDAY MORNING this Weekend
A tell-all book about Academy Award winner and acting legend Eva Marie Saint probably wouldn't sell because she's lived a normal life and been married for six decades, she tells Mo Rocca in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast March 2, 2014 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Saint, 89, who has started alongside a who's who of Hollywood legends, including Cary Grant, Paul Newman and Alfred Hitchcock, appears in the new film, "Winter's Tale," with Collin Farrell. Throughout her long career, she's remained married to the same man for 62 years, which is highly unusual in a business known for taking a toll on families. Without any Scandal to write about, a book on her life wouldn't do well, she says. "Because I don't think a lot of people, when they associate you with Hollywood, they don't want to think of you as normal," Saint tells Rocca. "They want to hear, you know, all the stuff in Hollywood."
Saint won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award in 1955 for her work opposite Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront." Back then, there were no massive pre-award campaigns that are the norm today, she tells Rocca. "I don't think I knew what the word was," Saint says. "Politicians campaigned."
In a wide-ranging interview, Saint discusses her marriage to TV director Jeffrey Hayden and her commitment as a mother to balancing her family and her career.
"I had an agent once who wanted me to make many, many more movies," Saint recalls. "I said, 'I can't. I can only do one a year, if that - I have children, young children.' And he said, 'Well, I guess you won't be superstar.' And I said, 'Well, I guess not.'" Saint says she then fired the agent.
Saint is also passionate about walking for fitness and eating well as a way to remain vibrant. "I want to show people that if you walk, if you eat the right things, don't have stuff done to your face - that's okay, people who do that, I'm not against it," Saint tells Rocca. "But I chose not to, and my family said don't ever, and I love my family so I never will."