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Alfred Hitchcock

Born: August 13, 1899, Leytonstone, London
Died: April 29, 1980 (age 80), Bel Air, Los Angeles

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was a British filmmaker and producer, who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres.  After a substantial career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood and, in 1956, became an American citizen, also retaining his British citizenship.

Hitchcock died from renal failure in his Bel-Air, Los Angeles, California home. His wife Alma Reville, and their daughter, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, both survived him.

What else do you know about Alfred Hitchcock?

1. What Jesuit Classic school did Hitchcock attend?

2. Standing at the foot of his mother's bed became a screen in what classic Hitchcock film?

3. What was the first film Hitchcock directed?

4. What was Hitchcock's first American film after moving to America?

5. What was the first Hitchcock film Cary Grant acted in?

6. What are the three films Grace Kelly did with Hitchcock?

7. What were the films Hitchcock got an Academy Award Nomination?

8. Where is Alfred Hitchcock buried?



1. Hitchcock was sent to the Jesuit Classic school St. Ignatius College in Enfield, London. He often described his childhood as being very lonely and sheltered, which was compounded by his weight issues.

2. Hitchcock's mother would often make him address her while standing at the foot of her bed, especially if he behaved badly, forcing him to stand there for hours. These experiences of Hitchcock would later be used for the portrayal of the character of Norman Bates in his movie Psycho.

3. In 1925, Michael Balcon of Gainsborough Pictures gave Hitchcock an opportunity to direct his first film, The Pleasure Garden made at UFA Studios in Germany. The commercial failure of this film threatened to derail his promising career. Hitchcock rebounded in 1926 and made his debut in the thriller genre with the film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. The film was a major commercial and critical success when it was released in January 1927 throughout the United Kingdom.

4. In 1940, Rebecca was Hitchcock's first American movie, although it was set in England and based on a novel by English author Daphne du Maurier and starred Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. This Gothic melodrama explores the fears of a naive young bride who enters a great English country home and must grapple with the problems of a distant husband, a predatory housekeeper, and the legacy of her husband's late wife, the beautiful, mysterious Rebecca. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1940.

5. Suspicion (1941) marked Hitchcock's first film as a producer as well as director. Hitchcock used the north coast of Santa Cruz, California for the English coastline sequence. This film was to be actor Cary Grant's first time working with Hitchcock, and it was one of the few times that Grant would be cast in a sinister role.

6. The three films were: Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), and To Catch a Thief (1954).  He never won an Oscar for Best Director.

7. Best Director: Rebecca (1940), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945), Rear Window (1954), and Psycho (1960).

Angels on your pillow8. He was cremated and ashes scattered.

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