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BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE

EVA MARIE SAINT plays Miss Franny, one of the memorable characters in BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE. She is the proprietor and sole staff member of the Herman W. Block Memorial Library. 

Ms. Saint's distinguished film career began opposite Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront,” for which she was honored with an Academy Award. She went on to star in several other memorable movies, including "A Hatful Of Rain,” "That Certain Feeling,” "Raintree County,” "Exodus,” "North By Northwest,” "All Fall Down,” "The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!” "Grand Prix,” "The Stalking Moon,” "Loving,” "Nothing In Common” and "I Dreamed Of Africa.” 

The actress grew up in Delmar, New York and attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio, planning to become a school teacher. Trying out for a school play on a dare, she won the leading role and changed the direction of her life. The University has honored her with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree and renamed its main campus theatre The Eva Marie Saint Theatre. 

Upon graduation from Bowling Green, she went to New York City and studied at The American Theatre Wing and with Lee Strasberg at The Actors Studio. Launching her career during the golden age of live television, Ms. Saint was Emmy-nominated for several memorable TV presentations and moved to Broadway in "The Trip To Bountiful,” receiving the Drama Critics Award and Outer-Circle Critics Award for her performance. Director Elia Kazan saw her in the play and cast her in "On The Waterfront.” 

In television, Ms. Saint's first Emmy nomination was for Philco Playhouse. She sang the role of Emily in the live TV musical adaptation of Thorton Wilder's "Our 

Town” with Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman, winning another Emmy nomination. Her third Emmy nod came for the Hallmark Hall Of Fame presentation of "Taxi,” and a fourth nomination came for the mini-series "How the West Was Won.” In 1990, on her fifth Emmy nomination, she won the coveted award for the mini-series "People Like Us.” 

Her many other TV appearances include playing Cybill Shepard's mother on the "Moonlighting” series, "The Titanic” mini-series, "Time To Say Goodbye? The Klooster Family Story,” "Jackie's Back,” "Fatal Vision,” "When Hell Was In Session,” "The Last Days Of Patton,” "The Achille-Lauro Affair,” "Best Little Girl In The World,” "Where's Jimmy,” "My Antonia” and "Open House.” She also starred in four memorable holiday specials, "A Christmas to Remember,” "I'll Be Home For Christmas,” "Breaking Home Ties” and "Papa's Angels.” 

In addition to "The Trip to Bountiful,” she starred on the New York stage in "The Lincoln Mask” and "Duet for One,” and on major stages across America. 

Ms. Saint and her husband, Director Jeffrey Hayden, produced the PBS television documentaries "Primary Colors: The Story of Corita,” which she narrated, and "Children in America's Schools” with Bill Moyers. 

Saint recently completed the feature film "Don't Come Knocking” with Sam Shepard, directed by Wim Wenders, to be released next fall.

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