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TCM Cruise: Oscar Winners & Hitchcock Stars + Robert Osborne & Ben Mankiewicz

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TCM Cruise Eva Marie Saint Tippi Hedren Robert Osborne Ben Mankiewicz Norman Jewison
TCM Cruise group photo (click on the image to enlarge it), from left to right: Bruce Goldstein, New York Film Forum; film critic Alonso Duralde; Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd; Chelsea Hightower of Dancing with the Stars; Best Actor Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine; Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint; TCM, TNT, and TBS Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Gregor; The Birds actress Tippi Hedren; three-time Best Director Oscar nominee Norman Jewison; author Mark Willems; TV personality Wink Martindale; Dennis Adamovich, senior VP of brand and digital activation/general manager of festivals for TCM, TNT, and TBS.

TCM Cruise with Oscar winners Eva Marie Saint & Ernest Borgnine

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Oscar winners Eva Marie Saint and Ernest Borgnine, The Birds actress Tippi Hedren, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Norman Jewison, and Turner Classic Movies hosts Robert Osborne and Ben Mankiewicz are some of the 2011 TCM Cruise passengers shown in the picture above. The group pic was posted on TCM’s Twitter page, as the five-day TCM Cruise kicked off on Dec. 8.

Eva Marie Saint won the 1954 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her debut film performance as Marlon Brando’s love interest in Elia Kazan’s socially conscious drama On the Waterfront. Saint’s other film credits include Fred Zinnemann’s A Hatful of Rain (1957), Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest (1959), Otto Preminger’s Exodus (1960), and John Frankenheimer’s All Fall Down (1962) and Grand Prix (1966), and Garry Marshall’s Nothing in Common (1986).

Ernest Borgnine took home the Best Actor Oscar for Delbert Mann’s Best Picture winner Marty (1955). Among his other movies are Fred Zinnemann’s From Here to Eternity (1953), Richard Brooks’ The Catered Affair (1956), Delmer DavesThe Badlanders (1958), Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969), and Ronald Neame’s The Poseidon Adventure (1972).

Last year, Borgnine had a small role in Robert Schwentke’s sleeper hit RED. And back in 1984, he and fellow TCM Cruise passenger Eva Marie Saint were both seen in (by then veteran) Delbert Mann’s TV movie Love Leads the Way, also featuring Timothy Bottoms, Glynnis O’Connor, Arthur Hill, Susan Dey, Michael Anderson Jr., Ralph Bellamy, and Patricia Neal.

The Birds star Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock – with whom she had a serious falling out later on. Her movies include the following:

Tippi Hedren is the mother of Best Actress Oscar nominee Melanie Griffith (Working Girl, 1988), the female lead in Pacific Heights.

In the Heat of the Night Rod Steiger Sidney Poitier: 2nd consecutive Norman Jewison Oscar nomineeIn the Heat of the Night with Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier. TCM Cruise guest Norman Jewison’s 1967 Best Picture Academy Award-winning crime drama In the Heat of the Night stars Sidney Poitier as a Philadelphia cop investigating a murder in a small Mississippi town. Best Actor winner Rod Steiger is the local sheriff who, at first reluctantly, helps in the investigation. The film was the second consecutive Norman Jewison effort to be shortlisted in the Oscars’ Best Picture category; the previous year, the satire The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, costarring Jewison’s fellow TCM Cruise passenger Eva Marie Saint, had been in the running.

Oscar-nominated director Norman Jewison

Norman Jewison has been nominated for three Best Director Academy Awards. All three movies were major box office hits:

  • The socially conscious cop drama In the Heat of the Night (1967), the year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, with Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.
  • The musical Fiddler on the Roof (1971), with Topol and Leonard Frey.
  • The romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987), with Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, and Vincent Gardenia.

Norman Jewison’s other movie credits include:

More TCM Cruise passengers: Robert Osborne & Ben Mankiewicz

A former actor with a handful of movie roles (e.g., uncredited bits in Spartacus and Twenty Plus Two), host Robert Osborne has become the “face” of Turner Classic Movies.

The other side of TCM’s face is host Ben Mankiewicz, grandson of Citizen Kane co-screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and grand-nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three Wives, All About Eve, Suddenly Last Summer).

Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren, Ernest Borgnine, Norman Jewison, Robert Osborne, and Ben Mankiewicz TCM Cruise photo: E.M. Pio Roda | TCM © Turner Classic Movies.

Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier In the Heat of the Night image: United Artists.

“TCM Cruise: Oscar Winners & Hitchcock Stars + Robert Osborne & Ben Mankiewicz” last updated in July 2018.

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