In 1946, Jeffrey Hayden graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since then, he went on to direct more than 400 TV shows (including "Leave It To Beaver" and "Peyton Place") and a 1994 PlayMakers Repertory production of Death of a Salesman at his alma mater.
Now Hayden will give a little more back to his old school. He's set up a $100,000 endowment to bring "noted directors and other artists" to the campus to lecture on their disciplines.
Spokesperson Pam O'Connor told Playbill On-Line (Feb. 2) the school was still in the beginning stages of implementing the new endowment. Producing Director Milly S. Barringer added that the first appointments won't be made until 2001.
Mr. Hayden is married to actress Eva Marie Saint, and both recently served as gala opening co-hosts of the UNC's Center of Dramatic Art.
-- By David Lefkowitz