Eva Marie Saint is born in Newark, New Jersey, 1924. She was up against Elizabeth Montgomery for the role of Edie Doyle in On the Waterfront (1954), director Elia Kazan’s landmark drama set in the gritty working class neighborhoods of Hoboken, New Jersey. Eventually, Kazan chose Saint, thereby accepting the challenge of making the 30-year-old actress into a teenager over the challenge of making the 21-year-old Montgomery appear less finishing school and more…Hoboken. Prior to her auspicious movie debut in Waterfront—in a part that won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress—Saint appeared on stage and in various television productions. After her Oscar win, she acted in That Certain Feeling (1956), A Hatful of Rain (1957) and Raintree Country (1957). What followed was the second biggest role of her career, playing opposite Cary Grant in North by Northwest (1959). Saint recalled the words of her director: "[Alfred] 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."