The son of a London greengrocer, Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on 13 th August 1899. Alfred has a pretty normal upbringing and was raised a strict Catholic. His first real job came in 1915 when he worked for a cable company as an estimator. This is where he developed his interest in films, and regularly attended the cinema to watch movies.
Alfred managed to get a job as a title designer at the newly opened Lasky Studio in London in 1920. Here he spent two years designing the titles for new movies being produced by the studio. Three years after starting his job at the studio, one of the directors fell ill, and Hitchcock got the break he needed - to complete the movie ‘Always Tell your Wife’. He was given his own directing project with the movie ‘Number 13’ but unfortunately the studio closed before he could complete it.
However, things were not all bad, and he was quickly hired by Gainsborough Pictures, where his directing career really took off. He also did some writing, title designing and art directing whilst at Gainsborough, making him something of a jack of all trades.
Hitchcock went on to become known as the master of suspense, directing a vast range of nail-biting thrillers. His trademark was to make a cameo appearance in all of his movies. These masterpieces included: ‘Psycho’, ‘The Birds’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘North by Northwest’, ‘To Catch a Thief’, ‘Rear Window’, ‘Dial M for Murder’, ‘Rope’ and many, many more. He also added authoring a range of excellent thrill-packed tales and presented his own show, ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents…’Alfred Hitchcock, one of the most prolific and popular directors of the century, died from renal failure on 29 th April 1980 in California.
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