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Alma Hitchcock: The Woman Behind the Man (2003)

by Pat Hitchcock O'Connell, Laurent Bouzereau

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Alfred Hitchcock's films are a testament to his autonomy-but there was one person whose ideas and advice he valued above all others: his wife, Alma. Who was the woman behind the most famous film director in the world? Pat Hitchcock O'Connell offers rare insight into the life and career of her mother and father, and finally reveals Alma's extraordinary contribution to the Hitchcock legacy. Filled with fascinating personal anecdotes, Alma Hitchcock is also Pat Hitchcock's story-that of a young girl growing up in Hollywood, and her own on-set experiences in such films as Psychoand Strangers on a Train. With behind-the-scenes stories, moving testimonies from friends and family, and never-before-seen personal photos from the Hitchcock family album-as well as some of her mother's favorite recipes-Pat Hitchcock O'Connell illuminates the lives and careers of her parents as only a daughter could.… (more)
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A chatty, informal biography of Alma Reville Hitchcock by her daughter, Pat Hitchcock O'Connell, the book is as much about her father, director Alfred Hitchcock, as it is about her mother. Lots of behind-the-scenes details about the movies both Hitchcocks worked on. Many family pictures, especially of Alma and daughter, Pat. Apparently Alfred much preferred being behind the camera at home, as well as on the film set. A pleasant, leisurely read. ( )
  y2pk | Jun 22, 2010 |
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Long before the recent movement to recognize women in film, a petite but vibrant sixteen-year-old girl with long, dark curls from Nottingham, England, launched her film career in the editing room at Twickenham Studios - some time in advance of her future husband.
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Alfred Hitchcock's films are a testament to his autonomy-but there was one person whose ideas and advice he valued above all others: his wife, Alma. Who was the woman behind the most famous film director in the world? Pat Hitchcock O'Connell offers rare insight into the life and career of her mother and father, and finally reveals Alma's extraordinary contribution to the Hitchcock legacy. Filled with fascinating personal anecdotes, Alma Hitchcock is also Pat Hitchcock's story-that of a young girl growing up in Hollywood, and her own on-set experiences in such films as Psychoand Strangers on a Train. With behind-the-scenes stories, moving testimonies from friends and family, and never-before-seen personal photos from the Hitchcock family album-as well as some of her mother's favorite recipes-Pat Hitchcock O'Connell illuminates the lives and careers of her parents as only a daughter could.

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