Now 88, Eva Marie Saint recently admitted that while attempting to score the role opposite Cary Grant in North by Northwest, she took the advice of her mother. "She somehow knew that he [Hitchcock] liked beige," Eva told Vanity Fair. "And Mum says, 'And he likes ladies with white gloves.' So I wore white gloves."
And when the interviewer suggested Eva's mum also realised just how much the director liked blondes, Eva quipped, "He did. But Mum didn't know that."