Alfred Hitchcock the master of suspense joined the film industry in 1920. He started off drawing the sets as a skilled artist. It was 1923 where he filled in for the director of Always Tell Your Wife to complete his first career at directing a film. He than was hired to direct the film Number 13 in 1922 he than remade it as a sound film. He directed The Pleasure Garden a 1925 British/German production a popular movie.
Hitchcock made his first trademark film in 1927, The Lodger(1927)
It was around 1920 when Hitchcock joined the film industry. He started off drawing the sets (he was a very skilled artist). It was there that he met Alma Reville, though they never really spoke to each other. It was only after the director for Always Tell Your Wife (1923) fell ill and Hitchcock was named director to complete the film that he and Reville began to collaborate.
Alfred Hitchcock had his first real crack at directing a film, start to finish, in 1923 when he was hired to direct the film Number 13 (1922). The production wasn’t completed due to the studio’s closure (he later remade it as a sound film). Hitchcock didn’t give up then. He directed The Pleasure Garden (1925), a British/German production, which was very popular. In the same year, on the 2nd of December, Hitchcock married Alma Reville. They had one child, Patricia Hitchcock who was born on July 7th, 1928. His success followed when he made a number of films in Britain such as The Lady Vanishes (1938) and Jamaica Inn (1939), some of which also gained him fame in the USA.
The Selznick picture Rebecca (1940) was Hitchcock’s first American Film
In 1940, the Hitchcock family moved to Hollywood and the producer David O. Selznick had hired Alfred Hitchcock to direct an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1940). Rebecca won Best Picture at the 13th Academy Awards. Hitchcock’s second American film was the thriller Foreign Correspondent (1940) with its plot set in Europe, based on Vincent Sheean’s Personal History and produced by Walter Wanger.
During the making of Frenzy (1972), Hitchcock’s wife Alma suffered a paralyzing stroke which made her unable to walk very well. On March 7, 1979, Hitchcock was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award. He said, I beg permission to mention by name only four people who have given me the most affection, appreciation, and encouragement, and constant collaboration. The first of the four is a film editor, the second is a scriptwriter, the third is the mother of my daughter Pat, and the fourth is as fine a cook as ever performed miracles in a domestic kitchen Alma Reville. In late 1979, Hitchcock was knighted, making him Sir Alfred Hitchcock. On the 29th April 1980, 9:17AM, he died peacefully in his sleep due to renal failure. His funeral was held in the Church of Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Father Thomas Sullivan led the service with over 600 people attended the service, among them were Mel Brooks (director of High Anxiety (1977), a comedy tribute to Hitchcock and his films). Here are others that attended Louis Jourdan, Karl Malden, Tippi Hedren, Janet Leigh and François Truffaut.