Jeffrey Hayden, a longtime director and writer who was involved in some of early-day television’s most admired efforts to make educational and literary programming part of the American diet, has died at his home in Los Angeles.
Hayden died Dec. 24 after a yearlong battle with cancer, a family spokesperson said. He was 90.
Known equally for his decades-long marriage to Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint – whom he directed on television and the stage, Hayden was among a modest swell of directors and writers who explored the possibilities of bringing intellectual fare to television viewers.
He directed his wife in “Omnibus,” one of television’s first...