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.
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.
We attempt to look at Lauter's extensive career to pick out his most memorable role
The sad news that Ed Lauter had passed away hit the mainstream media on Wednesday (October 16, 2013), as his characteristic and unique roles started flooding into the zeitgeist. During a career that spanned five decades, Lauter would fill the shoes of many characters.
Lauter was known for his wide-ranging roles
It would be fair to describe Lauter’s time on the screen – both silver and small – as varied. He was a journeyman of the industry, applying the same attitude and refined skill to a hardened thug and dutiful butler alike.
Continue reading: Which Role Will Ed Lauter Be Remembered For?
An armed burglar managed to swipe the huge sum (€40m/£34m) from an exhibition being held at the French Riviera resort
Cannes is usually associated with glitz and glamour; a sunning spot for some of the world's most powerful people and the biggest stars in Hollywood. Things became much more 'Hollywood' on Sunday (28 July) however, when the lobby of the exclusive Carlton Hotel became scene to a violent raid by an armed robber - the latest robbery (and the largest so far) to take place in this exclusive part of Southern France in 2013 alone. In the same place that Alfred Hitchcock filmed his 1955 crime drama To Catch A Thief - about a skilled jewel thief working in the French resort - the latest attack has raised some questions about the security of the city, causing some to ponder whether it is fit to host such a prestigious awards gathering as the Cannes Film Festival.
Legendary director Hitchcock directed a film about a Cannes jewellery thief
A report by the Cannes Police Department, reprinted by the BBC, states that an unknown man made off with over $50 million-worth of jeweller Leviev's most precious stones from the hotel lobby. The jewels were being held in a briefcase, which was swiped by the armed thief, but it is unknown who exactly owned the briefcase that was being held in the exclusive Croisette-based hotel. Providing the valuation given by police is true, this would make the heist the second biggest in France's history, behind the 2008 Paris heist that saw close to €85m-worth ($113m, £73m) of jewellery stolen from a Harry Winston exhibition in the French capital. A Cannes police spokesman told local press; "A full and urgent operation is under way to catch the culprit and recover these jewels. Thieves see Cannes as rich pickings."
Continue reading: Cannes Thief Makes Off With More Than $53 Million In Jewels
Esteemed movie critic and broadcaster Barry Norman has unveiled his Top 49 movies of all time for a Radio Times supplement. The list, which does not rank films in order, includes works from 75 years of British cinema, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps to Sam Mendes' recent Bond movie Skyfall.
Norman harks back to yesteryear for most of his selections, with Gladiator, The King's Speech and Skyfall are the only films from the 21st century to make it onto the list. 1949 and 1995 have numerous selections, including Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Third Man and Whisky Galore! And Secrets & Lies, Sense of Sensibility and Trainspotting. Introducing his list, Norman wrote, "Ignoring for the moment the fact that you will certainly disagree with some, probably many, or maybe even all of my choices, which do you think is the one outstanding British film that I've left out? There are plenty to choose from because mine, like all such lists, is largely subjective." Notable exclusions from the list include This Is England, Wallace & Grommit, Withnail and I, and Billy Elliot.
Reaction to the list has been fairly positive, though one user joked on Twitter, "How Barry Norman can compile a '50 best British films ever' list before he's seen Danny Dyer's 'Run for your wife' is beyond me."
Continue reading: Skyfall Included In Barry Norman's Top 49 British Movies Of All Time
“To be the object of someone’s obsession is horrible,” said Tippi Hedren, the actress who was very much the object of Alfred Hitchcock’s affections, for a large part of his career. Hedren’s tale of abuse and sexual harassment, whilst she was filming Hitchcock’s movies, such as The Birds and Marnie, is detailed in Donald Spoto’s biography of Hitchcock’s life and has now been committed to screen in The Girl, a BBC and HBO drama starring Sienna Miller as Tippi and Toby Jones in the role of the controlling movie director.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Hedren reveals that she told Miller to make sure that she was portrayed as a strong woman. “I wanted to make sure she understood where I was coming from,” she explained. “He was so insistent and obsessive, but I was an extremely strong young woman. There was no way he was going to get the better of me.”
Hedren also describes how she was conned into filming scenes in The Birds in which she was attacked by actual ravens, as opposed to the mechanical birds that were used elsewhere in the movie. After being pecked to within an inch of her life, the doctor ordered her to rest, much to Hitchcock’s chagrin. “She can’t rest for a week, we have nobody else to film,” came the unflinching director’s response. At the point that their relationship imploded, Hedren refused to speak to him, other than through intermediaries. He refused to call her by her name, referring to her only as The Girl.
Read anything on Sacha Gervasi's new movie Hitchcock, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as the legendary Hollywood director, and you'll probably come across the phrases "Oscars buzz" and "Oscar tipped." The movie has enjoyed decent reviews from critics, though the press seem to have it nailed on for a nomination. It may well not be that straight forward.
History suggests that Hitchcock is the type of the movie the Academy will reward and with Hopkins and Dame Helen Mirren in the lead roles, it certainly boasts an appealing cast. However, the concluding months of 2012 have thrown up several serious contenders for the golden statuettes and Hitchcock may well be the movie to make way. Hopkins - who won Best Actor for Silence of the Lambs - has already decided to stop playing "nauseating games" with the Academy in order to win an Oscar and told Entertainment Weekly that he was too busy making films to launch a serious awards' season campaign for Hitchcock. "People go out of their way to flatter the nominating body [the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] and I think it's kind of disgusting. Having to be nice to people and to be charming and flirting with them. That's always been against my nature", he added.
So what do the bookmakers think of Hitchcock's chances?
Continue reading: Is Sacha Gervasi's 'Hitchcock' Really Generating Oscars Buzz?
Regardless of being dead for over thirty years, Alfred Hitchcock is still one of Hollywood's biggest names and with a host of biopics set to be released about the late director's life on both the silver and the small screen, then it is more than likely that his fame will only increase in the coming months.
Helen Mirren, who stars as Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville in the upcoming biopic Hitchcock, has spoken of her brief encounter with the Hollywood legend, and it sounds as though the meeting could have gone a little better.
One of the stars of the new movie, which follows the making of Hitchcock's most controversial film Psycho, Mirren detailed her experience in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. According to the Oscar-winner, who detailed her experience of auditioning for Hitchcock's film Frenzy in the early 1970s in the interview, revealed, "I don't think he would have auditioned me; I think he either thought you looked right or you didn't."
Continue reading: Helen Mirren Reveals Her Forgettable Meeting With Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock, one of cinema's greatest icons, has an enormous portfolio of incredible hits. He can claim North by Northwest, Hitchcock's Half Hour (which became something of an institution), The 39 Steps, The Man Who Knew Too Much, To Catch a Thief and, of course, Psycho. Every single one of them a cinematic powerhouse. However, the Gervasi Sachi biopic aptly titled Hitchcock about Hitchcock's life and work while making Psycho, is leaning dangerously close to 'miss'.
The New York Times review is truly scalding of the movie. "Hitchcock... is rather like Norman Bates, that nervous pretty boy with mommy issues and a bobbing Adam's apple, in that it too takes extravagant liberties with the dead." And adding, with a scathing flourish, "It's fluff. But while its dim fantasies about Hitchcock and the association of genius with psychosis can be written off as silly, they also smack of spiteful jealousy."
Likewise, the LA Times was not impressed. Their biggest problem with the movie is that "Its protagonists turn out to be not especially interesting and the audience is not presented any convincing reason to care about what happens in their lives." Adding, "Alfred Hitchcock would definitely not approve."
Continue reading: Hitchcock: Hit Or Miss? Let's Take A Look At The Reviews
It’s slim pickings this week, in terms of big budget movies, as the industry winds down a little over the festive period (though prepare yourselves for the usual onslaught of Christmassy slush hitting the big screen in the coming weeks).
However, the new release that everybody’s chatting about right now is Hitchcock. Starring Antony Hopkins (as the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock) and Helen Mirren (as his wife, Alma Reville), there has already been discussion of the possibility of Oscar nominations coming the way of this biopic, which focuses on the era when Hitchcock was filming Psycho – widely considered to be the pinnacle of his career. The star of Psycho, Janet Leigh, is played by the ever-popular Scarlett Johansson.
Reviews for the movie have been mixed; it seems as though most reviewers are praising the performances, but not the film as a whole, which lacks clarity. The movie is only getting a limited release this week, so don’t expect it to be riding too high with box office takings but do expect some of its cast to be riding high when it comes to awards season.
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It was always going to be a tough order to pull off an homage to the great Alfred Hitchcock, but Sacha Gervasi has largely gained kudos from the reviewers for having a going at it, though his biopic Hitchcock has by no means found unanimous approval from the grizzled hacks of the critical world.
Director Gervasi certainly can’t be faulted for the cast he assembled for the film; Sir Anthony Hopkins plays Hitchcock himself, with other characters played by the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Dame Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel and Toni Collette. Certainly the reviewers found the cast to be their usual excellent selves. “Hopkins catches the essence of Hitchcock as artist and con man. And Mirren is stellar as his wife and secret weapon. The pleasure of their company adds sparkle to this unexpectedly poignant look at a career and a marriage” wrote Rolling Stone. The Chicago Sun Times was a little more guarded but wrote “Anthony Hopkins, superb actor although he is, would not seem to be an obvious choice to play Hitchcock, but I accepted him. His makeup job is transformative.”
However, as to the film itself – which is far more of an interpretation than a factual account of the film director’s life – it found a mixed response, with Variety frustrated by its deviation: “Hitchcock offers almost zero insight into the peculiar workings of creative genius, or into the rich, taboo-shattering legacy of the film whose making it documents” it wrote. That said, if we’re to believe the New York Observer it’s “one of the best movies of 2012”, suggesting that the jury still remains somewhat out on this one.
Over 50 years on since Psycho was unleashed upon the world, and the influence of the film can still be seen in thrillers and horrors across the planet, such was the impact that legendary movie maker Alfred Hitchcock had upon the world of film. 'Hitchcock' is a film that pays homage to the man himself, and his most iconic movie.
Psycho defied a lot of expectations and traditions, it was entirely self funded and shot in black and white, despite colour film being in predominant use by 1960. Celebrating both the film and its maker, 'Hitchcock' follows the story of how Psycho was made and focuses itself on the relationship between Alfred and his wife, Alma.
"I saw [Psycho] in a movie theater in September 1960 on a dark Sunday afternoon in Manchester," Anthony Hopkins, who's starring as Hitchcock in the new movie, said to MTV. "The scene in the shower was the most frightening thing I've ever seen. And the whole audience was under the seat, myself included, because we didn't know what to expect... The shock was that he killed [the leading lady]. His leading actress. Great, brilliant idea that came from Alma." Clearly, Psycho would never have been a success without the influence of Hitchcock's wife. Helen Mirren, is playing Alma, and once met Hitchcock early in her career, but told the Huffington Post: "I didn't really like him, and I know he didn't like me very much." Luckily, she got over that to give a warm and authentic performance as his wife.
Continue reading: 'Hitchcock' And His 'Psycho', The Film That Keeps On Giving
Scarlett Johansson is the focus of a new string of photos to be released from Hitchcock – the new movie based on Alfred Hitchcock’s relationship with his wife. The movie centres on the period of time around the filming of Hitchcock’s classic thriller, Psycho, of which Janet Leigh (played by Scarlett) became the undoubted star.
In the photos (courtesy of Deadbolt), we see Scarlett in all her retro glory, wearing pastel coloured, 1950s cats-eye sun-shades and driving a vintage car. Elsewhere, she can be seen wearing a cream coloured cardigan and pencil skirt, being measured by a wardrobe assistant, whilst Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) looks on, framing her with his hands.
Another recent Hitchcock biopic, The Girl, examined Hitchock’s dubious and allegedly abusive relationship with another of his leading ladies, Tippi Hedren (The Birds) but Hitchcock is more interested with the relationship between the director and his wife, Alma Reville. Of course, Scarlett Johansson’s on-screen glamour plays a large part in the movie and even in the trailer, tension can be detected between the wife and the leading lady, as Reville (played by Helen Mirren) tells her husband “don’t wait until half way through the movie (to kill off the leading actress) – do it after half an hour.”
What’s this? A new Scarlett Johansson tattoo?
It looks as though the Hitchcock actress has decided to add to her collection of body art with a rudimentary horseshoe, with the words ‘Lucky You’ inscribed above it. The new ink, which is located on her ribcage, was done by the French tattooist and graffiti artist Fuzi Uvtpk and The Daily Mail have pictured Scarlett and Fuzi together in his studio.
Apparently, Scarlett decided she wanted Fuzi to be the next tattoo artist to tattoo her, after she visited his exhibition in Paris. The new artwork joins her collection; she has two circles with the letter A on her ankle, a colourful sunrise scene in a circle, on her forearm and a bracelet on her wrist, which bears the words “I Love NY.” Scarlett is notoriously secretive when it comes to revealing the details of the meaning of her tattoos and we’re none the wiser when it comes to her new tattoo. Though frankly, if you’re close enough to Scarlett Johansson’s bare ribcage to read the tattoo, then lucky you, indeed!
Sienna Miller has received mass praise for her role as 60's screen siren Tippi Hedren in the HBO special 'The Girl'.
'The Girl' will air on HBO this coming Saturday (Oct 20) and will follow the off-screen terrors that often plagued Hedren during her time working under Alfred Hitchchock. As well as Miller, the mini-movie also stars Toby Jones as the acclaimed directed Hitchcock and Imelda Staunton as his wife Alma Hitchcock.
The show has already been given the thumbs up by a handful of critics that have been given a first look at the new project, commending the impressive performances of the cast and the detailed portrayal of the difficult relationship that Hedren had to endure with Hitchcock.
HBO’s The Girl tells the tale of Alfred Hitchcock’s relationship with the screen star Tippi Hedren - played by Sienna Miller. The story itself seems to be the real winner here; the TV movie explores the theory that Hitchcock (played by Toby Jones) “behaved like a psychotic lout” towards Tippi Hedren during the two films that they made together (The Birds and Marnie).
When Hedren spurns Hitchcock’s sexual advances, he uses his directorial power to torture her. When filming The Birds, he insists that she films take after take of the scenes in which she is attacked by birds. He does his best to break her spirit but ultimately, she remains strong and ultimately retains the upper hand.
New York Daily News have praised the feature, saying that Miller and Jones’ performances “keep the story alive and moving,” though Jones’ Hitchcock has but one dimension: “an arrogant egomaniac who was unpleasant to everyone around him.” Imelda Staunton is landed with the role of his unenviable wife, portrayed here as an “enabler” of his torrid behavior. The power of this disturbing story, according to chron.com is so fierce that you will be left feeling like you need to take a shower afterwards. According to their report though, Toby Jones’ performance is caricatured and lacking in authenticity.
Date of birth
13th August, 1899
Date of death
29th April, 1980