Alfred Hitchcock (13.07.1899 - 29.04.1980)
Alfred Hitchcock was a British film director and producer, best known for his suspense thrillers 'Psycho' and 'The Birds'.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, when Alfred Hitchcock died in 1980, he had a net worth of 10 million USD.
Childhood: Alfred Hitchcock was born to William and Emma Jane Hitchcock in Leytonstone, Essex, in England. At the age of five, Hitchcock was sent to the police station by his father with a note asking for him to be locked in a cell for five minutes for misbehaving. He studied at St Ignatius' College in Stamford Hill, London, but left at the age of 15, shortly after his father died. He then attended London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation in Poplar, London, before working for an advertising company. He was rejected for service during World War One due to obesity, yet in 1917 he joined the Royal Engineers. He began submitting short stories to 'The Henry Telegraph' in 1919, becoming one of the paper's most prolific writers. He continued writing for the paper, but also got a job at a London branch of Paramount Pictures. Through 1923 to 1925, Hitchcock served as screenwriter, art director and assistant director.
Career: In 1925, Hitchcock made his directorial debut with the movie 'The Pleasure Garden'. The film failed to succeed, yet his thriller 'The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog', released two years later, was a huge critical success. In 1929, Hitchcock's tenth movie 'Blackmail', was converted into a 'talkie' during production, thus becoming one of the first British movies with sound. In 1935, he released 'The 39 Steps', a film often considered to be his best work. The film took him from being a critically acclaimed British film director, to being a huge US movie draw. In 1940, Hitchcock made his American film debut with 'Rebecca'. The film went on to win the 1940 Academy Award for Best Picture; Hitchcock was nominated for Best Director, however he did not win. 1943 saw the release of Hitchcock's favourite movie, 'Shadow of a Doubt'. In 1950, Hitchcock returned to the UK to make 'Stage Fright'. He returned to Paramount Pictures in 1954, for the filming of 'Rear Window'. The following year, he became an American citizen and in 1956, he remade his own 1934 film 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'. In 1958, Alfred Hitchcock released 'Vertigo', which has since been lorded as one of his finest works. However, Hitchcock's next three works were considered even better. 1959 saw the release of 'North by Northwest', the first film to use such a large amount of kinetic typography in its opening credits. The next year, Hitchcock released 'Psycho', his best loved and best-known film. This was followed by 'The Birds' in 1963; Hitchcock's 49th film. Due to steadily failing health, Hitchcock was unable to keep up the same prolific schedule he had maintained until then. He released his final film in 1976, titled 'Family Plot'.
Personal Life: On 2nd December, 1926, Alfred Hitchcock married his assistant director, Alma Reville. The couple continued to work together as collaborators throughout their careers until 1950. The couple were married until 1980, when Hitchcock died. Alfred Hitchcock passed away at the age of 80 from renal failure. He died at 9:17 am on 29th April 1980, in his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles.
Actor/screenwriter Douglas Dick Has Died, Aged 95.
He passed away in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles on 19 December (15), his family announced in a Los Angeles Times obituary published on Thursday (07Jan16).
DICk is best known for starring in Alfred Hitchcock's crime drama Rope in 1948, opposite Elvis Presley in Flaming Star, and in The Red Badge of Courage, Home of the Brave, and Saigon.
He also appeared in TV shows Waterfront, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Perry Mason, and 77 Sunset Strip, and wrote scripts for episodes of TV series including Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and Family Affair.
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Alfred Hitchcock's Muse Nova Pilbeam Has Died, Aged 95.
The British actress passed away on 16 July (15), but no further details about her death were available as WENN went to press.
Pilbeam rose to fame as a child star with a number of stage roles before winning a part in 1934 film Little Friend at the age of 14, which brought her to the attention of celebrated director Hitchcock.
He cast her in his thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1932 and gave her a starring role in Young and Innocent in 1937, and she was later his first choice for the lead role in his movie adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, but she eventually lost out to Joan Fontaine.
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Woody Allen Lies Awake At Night Dreaming Up The Perfect Murder.
The moviemaker admits he has always been fascinated by crime and murder and he often falls asleep while planning a chilling killing.
He tells WENN, "I learned everything I know about crime and murder as a boy growing up. For some reason, as a little kid, I was very preoccupied with a few subjects: magic tricks, baseball and crime.
"I knew all the gangsters and all the criminals and all the murderers; I knew everything about them, their nicknames, what they were in (prison) for. I knew every guy and where he grew up and what he had done. It was a real fascinating interest of mine.
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Blockbuster King Michael Bay Is Planning A Remake Of Alfred Hitchcock's Classic Thriller The Birds.
Sources claim Naomi Watts is the frontrunner to land the role Tippi Hedren played in the 1963 original, which Hitchcock adapted from a Daphne du Maurier short story.
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Pamela Anderson Has Been Caught Naked In A Shower For A New Peta Water Waste Campaign.
The former Baywatch star recreated the most famous scene from Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Psycho to highlight the needless water use surrounding animal agriculture.
The campaign, 'Make a splash for the environment - try vegan', will be unveiled by Anderson on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (21May15).
The heath-conscious animal activist says, "Rivers are siphoned off, not just for the animals but also for crops grown to feed animals on factory farms. Producing one pound of beef uses as much water as about six months of showers."
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Natalie Portman's Husband, French Choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Is Set To Help Launch The Cannes Film Festival On Wednesday (13may15) By Presenting A Ballet Piece Set To The Soundtrack Of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.
The dancer, director of the Paris Opera Ballet, has centred the five-minute piece around a sequence in 1958 thriller, featuring James Stewart and Kim Novak.
The performance, set to the sounds of Bernard Herrmann's score, will feature 17 dancers, including Millepied's L.A. Dance Project star Morgan Lugo, former New York City Ballet principal Janie Taylor and Paris Opera Ballet soloist Leonore Baulac, according to The New York Times.
Millepied says, "It's the best film score. Herrmann's music lends itself to dance and is very beautiful."
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The metal frame, complete with a few fake blackbirds, has been donated to Hedren's Shambala Preserve as a reminder to fans of the film that made Hedren a big star.
She tells Wenn, "I wanted a tribute to The Birds to exist on the Shambala Preserve because without that film, I would not be doing the work with rescuing big cats born in the U.S. to be sold as pets or for financial gain.
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Olivier Dahan says Nicole Kidman could perhaps relate to Grace Kelly's marital struggles and hinted at issues in first marriage with Tom Cruise, who is known for his belief is Scientology.
The filmmaker's latest project opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month and tells the story of the former Hollywood star's (played by Kidman) struggle to be the perfect royal while battling her own identity and wanting a film career.
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Kirsten Dunst admits her new film 'The Two Faces of January' has a ''hitchcockian'' feel to it and insists she would've been able to handle working under the famous director.
The 32-year-old actress has been referred to as a ''classic Hitchcock blonde'' a number of times throughout her career, and although the legendary director of 'Psycho' and 'Rear Window' is known to have had a ''creepy'' infatuation with his leading ladies, she thinks she would've been able to hold her own on one of his film sets.
Speaking at a press conference for her new film 'The Two Faces of January' at London's Corinthia Hotel, she told BANG Showbiz: ''I heard he was a real piece of work, to his women obviously, but I've worked with some real pieces of work in my time and I think I could handle Hitchcock.''
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Eva Marie Saint, the actress best known for her roles in 'North by Northwest' and 'On the Waterfront' has discussed her life and career on an upcoming interview for TCM.
Eva Marie Saint's upcoming appearance on TCM on Monday night (31st March) promises to restore our faith in Hollywood. The actress, who will celebrate her 90th birthday in July, has sat down with presenter Robert Osborne in a TCM special which will include an interview about her life and career and three of her best known films.
Eva Saint Marie discussed her former colleagues in the TCM interview.
On the Waterfront, for which Saint received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and starred opposite Marlon Brandon, will kick off the night's festivities at 9pm. Another two of her films, Raintree County (in which she played opposite Montgomery Cliff and Elizabeth Taylor) and North by Northwest (also starring Cary Grant and directed by Alfred Hitchcock) will conclude the evening of celebration.
Date of birth
13th August, 1899
Date of death
29th April, 1980
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