'North by Northwest''s Eva Marie Saint is photographed in a film still from 1957.
Previously, the blonde beauty walked away with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 'On the Waterfront' (1954). In Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller 'North by Northwest' (1959), Eva played the film's femme fatale role, the glamorous Eve Kendall. Hitchcock's decision to cut Saint's waist-length blonde hair for the role stirred up a great deal of publicity during the film's production. The venerable director explained his reasoning: "Short hair gives Eva a more exotic look, in keeping with her role of
the glamorous woman of my story. I wanted her dressed like a kept woman
-- smart, simple, subtle and quiet. In other words, anything but the
bangles and beads type."