Hitchcock, Alfred Joseph, Sir

Portrait
Born: Aug 13, 1899 AD
Died: 1980 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Actors, Director, Writers


1899 - Alfred Hitchcock was born on the 13th of August in Leytonstone, Essex (now London), the second son and youngest of the three children of William Hitchcock, a greengrocer, and his wife, Emma Jane Hitchcock (née Whelan).

 

1920 - He obtained a full-time job at Islington Studios under its American owners, Famous Players-Lasky, and their British successors, Gainsborough Pictures, designing the titles for silent movies.

 

1922 - Began his directing career in the United Kingdom.

 

1925 - Michael Balcon of Gainsborough Pictures gave him a chance to direct his first film, The Pleasure Garden made at Ufa studios in Germany.

 

1926 - Made his debut in the thriller genre. The resulting film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog was a major commercial and critical success.     

 

   - He was to marry his assistant director Alma Reville. Then later had a daughter named Patricia.

 

1929 - Began to work on his tenth film Blackmail. While the film was in production, the studio decided to make it one of Britain's first sound pictures.

 

1933 - He was once again working for Michael Balcon at Gaumont-British Picture Corporation.

 

1934 - 1935 - His first film for the company at GBPC, The Man Who Knew Too Much , was a success and his second, The 39 Steps, is often considered one of the best films from his early period.

 

1938 - Next major success, The Lady Vanishes, a clever and fast-paced film about the search for a kindly old Englishwoman (Dame May Whitty), who disappears while on board a train in the fictional country of Vandrika (a thinly-veiled version of Nazi Germany)

 

1942 - Saboteur,  was the first of two films that Hitchcock made for Universal, a studio where he would work in his later years.

 

1946 - Notorious, marked Hitchcock's first film as a producer as well as director.

 

1948 - Filmed his first colour film, Rope, which appeared

 

Some of his best box office movies- 

1954- Rear Window

1958- Vertigo

1959- North by Northwest

1960- Psycho

1963- The Birds

 

1980 - Was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Years Honours.   

 

     - He died just four months later, on the 29th of April, before he had the opportunity to be formally invested by the Queen. Despite the brief period between his knighthood and death, he was nevertheless entitled to be known as

Sir Alfred Hitchcock and to use the postnominal letters "KBE", because he remained a British subject when he adopted American citizenship.

 

Hitchcock usually made a fleeting appearance in a bit part in each of his films.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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