Screenwriter Budd Schulberg, who wrote the screenplay for On the Waterfront, died Aug. 5 at age 95. Fresh Air remembers him with an interview he gave in 1990 — plus excerpts of chats with Elia Kazan and Eva Marie Saint.
Actress Eva Marie Saint starred opposite Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, and won an Academy Award for her portrayal of his convent-reared girlfriend. Later she and Cary Grant teamed up for Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Saint studied at the famed Actors Studio where Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe and Dennis Hopper also did.
The 1954 classic film On the Waterfront starring Marlon Brando with a score by Leonard Bernstein is now out on DVD. It won eight Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Story & Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction-Set Decoration, and Editing. We hear from Elia Kazan who directed the film and collaborated on the screenplay. Kazan was a member of the Group Theater and co-founded the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg. (REBROADCAST from 5/5/88).