An Evening with Eva Marie Saint, scheduled for Friday, March 29, has been cancelled. Dean Raymond Craig of the College of Arts and Sciences wrote in a notice addressed to Friends of BGSU Arts that: “Ms. Saint regrets that she will not be traveling to Bowling Green State University this spring.” The Academy Award winning actress and graduate of BGSU was schedule to perform with students during the evening event. Dave Kielmeyer, spokesman for the university, said that the change of plans was not related to the controversy over the name of the Gish Film Theatre. Plans for the event just were not coming along as well as the university would want, he said. “It’s as much on us.” Saint’s appearance was originally scheduled as part of the rededication of the Gish Film Theatre in its new space in the Bowen Thompson Student Union. However, that was cancelled when members of the Black Student Union questioned the venue being named in part for Lillian Gish, who starred in “The Birth of a Nation.” The 1915 D.W. Griffith silent movie epic has been tied to the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan and widely criticized for its racist depictions of African-Americans.
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From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will welcome alumna and Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint for a special event on March 29. During “An Evening with Eva Marie Saint,” Saint will talk about her career and present a staged reading with several BGSU theatre and film students. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. The event is free; however, limited seating is available and tickets are required in advance. Tickets are available through the Wolfe Center Box Office Monday through Friday noon to 5 p.m., online at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or Theatre and Film at 419-372-8495 prior to the event.
From THE ARTS AT BGSU BGSU alumna and Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint will return to campus as part of the celebration of the re-opening of the Gish Film Theater—the newly renovated cinema now located in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. The original Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall was dedicated in 1976 to honor the achievements of Ohio natives Dorothy and Lillian Gish, renowned actresses of the stage and screen. The evening will include a reception at 6 p.m. and a special appearance by Saint, who appeared with Lillian Gish in the classic television movie, “The Trip to Bountiful. “ The event is free; however, because there is limited seating, tickets are required and may be claimed by visiting our ticketing site. For more information, call 419-372-2222.
By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Eva Marie Saint’s Falcon spirit does has its limits. President Rodney Rogers found this out before he left for Bravo! BGSU on Saturday. Saint, the Oscar-winning actress and 1946 graduate of Bowling Green State University, was staying in the president’s house with her son and daughter, during their visit back to campus. The visit was capped off by her receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the university. (Click for related story.) Standing at the podium to deliver the award, Rogers said he’d started to leave the house wearing an orange bowtie. “Lose the orange tie,” Saint told him. “Black is classic.” When Eva Marie Saint tells you to do something, he said, you do it. So the president of BGSU appeared at Bravo! BGSU with nary a patch of orange. The awarding of the Lifetime honor to someone Rogers called “our most celebrated” graduate, capped off an evening celebrating the arts are BGSU. Bravo! BGSU now in its fourth year raises money for scholarships for arts students. This year 340 tickets at $125 were sold, more than last year when $75,000 was raised, according to Lisa Mattiace, the president’s chief of staff. Another $9,000 came in from the silent auction. Students who benefited from those scholarships were evident throughout the night. Performances and art demonstrations were staged through the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Students screened their films and read their poetry. They sang musical theater tunes and art songs. A jazz group jammed and the Combustible Ensemble improvised music for dancers. One of those Bravo! Scholars, Kimberly Tumblin, was painting in a hallway. She appreciated the scholarship. “It just helps out my family a lot.” She also saw it as “a validation” of her work. Tumblin, who is from Coshocton, came to BGSU on the recommendation of her high school art teacher, who is a graduate of the university. Tumblin intended to study digital arts, but really loved painting. She was intimidated by the medium’s long tradition, especially given she was interested in more traditional styles. But at BGSU she got the encouragement she needed, and switched to painting, studying with Brandon Briggs. The figure painting she was working on was inspired by the art of the Italian Baroque. This was the first time she’d worked in such a public setting, and was surprised how much work she was getting done. In another hallway one of her fellow Bravo! Scholars, Emily Avaritt painting a figure in a more contemporary style. She came to BGSU from the Toledo School for the Arts, which is sponsored by the university. Given that relationship and her familiarity with BGSU, the Toledo resident felt this was her best option for college. Christine Hansen was standing nearby admiring Avaritt’s art. “I’m watching this picture come to life in a matter of minutes.” Hansen came to Bowling Green six months ago from Wayne State in Detroit to become assistant vice president for major giving. “Everywhere I stop, I’m struck,” she said. “You can’t imagine what you see. The passion and talent not only that the students have but the faculty who are teaching them.” She said she wishes her stepson, who is an artist with Disney, was here to see the work. Hansen said before coming to BGSU she was unaware of the quality of its arts programs. “This is a secret.” As someone involved in raising funds for BGSU she was glad to have the university sharing that secret with donors. Dick and Annette Sipp, of Perrysburg, were attending Bravo! for the first time. He consults with the College of Health…
By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Friday was a good day to be a theater student at Bowling Green State University. Eva Marie Saint was in the house. The house was the theater that bears the name of the Oscar-winning actress and 1946 graduate of BGSU. Saint established tone for what a conversation with an acting legend would be like. “Hi, everybody,” she announced as she walked to the dais. “This is really fun, maybe. We’ll see.” Laughter. It was fun. When the first reference to her age, 93, was made. She popped up from her seat. “She stands. She sits.” Saint had the students, who she described later as “bright, serious, and funny, and adorable,” laughing, leaning forward to catch her words of wisdom, and silent as she struggled to hold back tears when she talked about her late husband, Jeffrey Hayden, who died Christmas Eve, 2016. Hayden was an esteemed and prolific producer and director. Lesa Lockford, who chairs the Department of Theatre and Film and who conducted the session with students, said Hayden directed many of the TV shows that she grew up watching. The couple’s 65-year marriage defied Hollywood odds. This was Saint’s first trip without him, she told the press later in the day, and only possible because their two children, Laurette and Darrell, accompanied her. She returned to participate in tonight’s Bravo! BGSU activities. Being married to a director, not a fellow actor, was one key to the longevity of their marriage. Actors, Saint said, even if they’re not vying for the same roles, tend to be very competitive. She recalled living with another actress in her early days in New York. Her roommate was going for radio roles, while Saint was going for theater and TV work. The roommate kept getting calls for work. Saint said she found herself hating this woman, even though they were good friends, until of course, she started getting calls. Saint did not set out to be an actor. She followed her older sister to BGSU from Albany, NY, intent on becoming a teacher like her mother. Her father had heard about BGSU, and it was a less expensive alternative to schools in the East. Living in Shatzel, the students, all women, would put on their pajama-clad shows. Saint sang “I’m Just a Girl who Can’t Say No.” She loved the laughter and applause that greeted her song. The next year she was living in the Delta Gamma sorority. The husband of their housemother, Betty, was speech professor Elden T. Smith. He asked her to try out for a play. She demurred. He liked her voice, and promised to help her. She agreed so she was cast as a “sexy lady from Hollywood” in “Personal Appearance” – “not typecasting at that point,” she said. With a tight-fitting dress and makeup, her friends didn’t recognize her. “They weren’t very imaginative.” Her other roles at BGSU included playing Rosalind in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” This is the only Shakespeare she’s ever done, she said. When a student told her he would be spending the summer in a Shakespeare workshop, she asked whether she was too old to do a Shakespeare workshop. The students assured her, she wasn’t. These forays on the stage led her to change her major and career plans. She was concerned how her parents would take this change of course. Elden Smith wrote her a letter spelling out all the possibilities, and pitfalls, of pursuing an acting career in New York with television just starting to take hold. She showed that letter to her father, knowing…
From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Academy Award-winning actress and Bowling Green State University alumna Eva Marie Saint ’46, ’82 [Hon.] will make a special appearance at the 4th annual Bravo! BGSU, which raises funds for arts scholarships. Programs in the arts have been central to Bowling Green State University for more than 100 years. On April 7, the quality and vibrancy of all of the University’s arts will be showcased at this special event. Bravo! BGSU celebrates the very best of the University’s arts – from the College of Musical Arts, School of Art, Department of Theatre and Film, the Creative Writing Program and the Dance Program. Guests will experience a magical evening of vocal, instrumental and theatrical performances, plus exhibitions and demonstrations by student and faculty artists in glass, ceramics, metals, sculpture, graphic design and digital arts. This year the event includes a silent auction featuring items that range from prime seats to see Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre in Chicago and a week’s stay at a bed and breakfast in southern France to artwork by BGSU alumni and experiential packages with the Toledo Zoo or the BGSU Falcon Marching Band. The auction is now open at bgsu.edu/bravo. “BGSU has a strong tradition of academic excellence in the arts and this event showcases the very best of our talent. It is a great opportunity for the community to experience a unique, exciting event,” said Bowling Green State University President Rodney Rogers. “We are especially appreciative of our sponsors, including our presenting sponsor PNC, for their partnership and support of our students.” Funds raised from the event benefit scholarships for arts students. Last year’s event raised more than $75,000 for scholarships. Held in the award-winning Wolfe Center for the Arts, the celebration offers professional-level entertainment and fabulous fare. From Broadway vignettes to musical ensembles and solos, from live painting and backstage activity to creative writing recitations, it will be a night to remember. The celebration will begin at 6 p.m. in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit bgsu.edu/bravo. Tickets also are available by phone, 419-372-9213, or email email@example.com. Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-372-8495 prior to the event.