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Edie Doyle is the deuteragonist of the 1954 film On the Waterfront. She's the sister of Joey Doyle who wants to find his murderer, and started hanging out with Terry.

She was portrayed by Eva Marie Saint who made her acting debut in this film.

Why She Rocks

  1. Eva Marie Saint really sells it in her role, despite being introduced in this film.
  2. Within her first moments on screen, we get to see her personality as a strong and brave sister/daughter. This is screen during her brother's murder, where she wasted no time vowing to find her brother's murderer.
  3. Even when still she's trying to get justice, she doesn't let any of it get in the way of being sensitive and caring for her family and others.
    1. She also managed to sense the goodness within Terry (after he gave her a permission slip to let her father work on the dock) and show him why he should turn against Johnny Friendly.
  4. It's been stated that she was an assistant teacher in her college suggesting that she's pretty smart.
  5. She's pretty much responsible for Terry's redemption and courage for standing up to Friendly's mob forces.
  6. Her crush on Terry is very sweet and touching.


  • Eva Marie Saint, the actress who portrayed Edie, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1954. (Though it should have been Best Leading Actress since she's the deuteragonist of the film.)