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