Nicknamed the “Master of Suspense”
|Net Worth:||$200 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Director|
|Born/Died:||August 13, 1899 / April 29, 1980|
|Spouse:||Alma Reville (m. 1926)|
|Birth Name:||Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.7m)|
Alfred Hitchcock is an English film director and producer, mostly known for creating suspense films. He was nicknamed the “Master of Suspense” who has an estimated net worth of $200 million. His largest pay came from the movie Psycho which he deferred his salary for 60% from the movie's profits. That earned him an estimated total of $15 million.
After he moved to Hollywood, a string of success followed. He became one of the most influential directors in the film industry. In a spanning six decades of his career, Alfred has directed over 50 feature films which garnered 46 Oscar nominations and 6 wins. Five of his movies earned him five nominations for Best Director and four nominations for Best Picture in Academy Awards. He also won two Golden Globes, eight Laurel Awards, and five Lifetime achievement awards, including the first BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 1971 and Life Achievement Award from AFI (American Film Institute) Life Achievement Award in 1979.
Four of Hitchcock’s films, namely Pscho, Rear Window, Vertigo, and North by Northwest were also included in the AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies in 1998. A decade after, in 2007, the said films were once again included in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary) where Vertigo topped at #9. In 2008, AFI honored 10 Greatest American Films in 10 classic genres where Hitchcock having entered four films including Vertigo which was recognized as the no. 1 mystery film of all time along with three other films.
In 2018, there were already a total of eight films which had been selected for preservation by the US National Film Registry, inducted respectively in different years, Rebecca, Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds.
Hitchcock described himself as well-behaved boy. At first, he wanted to be an Engineer, so he enrolled night classes at London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation in Poplar. When his father died, he was forced to look for a job to support his mother and himself.
His interest in movies began at around the age of 16. He frequently visits cinema and reading US trade journals. He then became a founding editor and business manager of Henley's in-house publication. He loved his job that he would love to stay late in the office.
After learning that Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, the production arm of Paramount Pictures, was opening a studio in London, he produced some drawings for title cards and sent some works to them.
Fortunately, he was hired and became title-card designer.
Hitchcock’s directing profession began when he was hired as an assistant director by a new firm still in London known as Gainsborough Pictures. The owner of the firm liked Hitchcock’s works that he was entrusted to direct his first thriller movie The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog. The movie was a critical success in UK and that changed his luck in the film industry.
Alfred Hitchcock developed a romance with an English-American screenwriter Alma Reville that later became his wife. They got married on December 2, 1926 and gave birth to their daughter and only child, Patricia Alma Hitchcock.
However, most of Alfred’s works were preserved or housed in various institutions. The Alfred Hitchcock Collections mostly his home movies was preserved at the Academy Film Archive in Hollywood. Academy's Margaret Herrick Library housed the Alfred Hitchcock Papers. The David O. Selznick and the Ernest Lehman collections that contain material related to Hitchcock's work on the production of The Paradine Case, Rebecca, Spellbound, North by Northwest and Family Plot were housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center in Austin, Texas.
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