... Despite being nominated six different times, Alfred Hitchcock never received an Academy Award for directing. (He was, however, presented with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968.)
... that Alfred Hitchcock often enjoyed setting technical challenges for himself when he made his movies. In his classic Dial M for Murder Alfred Hitchcock limited himself to telling a story in only one set. Nearly the entire movie takes place in Ray Milland and Grace Kelly's living room. Despite the limitations, he succeeded in creating a tense psychological thriller that still can frighten in this day and age of fast paced filmgoer expectations.
... that Alfred Hitchcock directed movies in England for many years before coming to America to make pictures for famed producter David O. Selznick. His first "Hollywood" movie, Rebecca, won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1940.
... that Alfred Hitchcock cast his daughter Patricia in the part of Caroline, Janet Leigh's co-worker in Psycho.
... that Alfred Hitchcock was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1980. Sir Alfred died the same year.
... that although young'uns may find this hard to believe people used to just go to the movies without bothering to find out what time they started. The movies played over and over and you would just stay and watch the beginning if you came in late. So the advertising for Psycho was very startling when they said no one would be allowed in once the movie started. Watch this very unique trailer for the movie hosted by Hitch himself.
... that Alfred Hitchcock made a very funny appearance on a popular game show called What's My Line? A celebrity guest would appear and the panelists would don masks and try to guess who it was.
... that Alfred Hitchcock became a media star himself when he hosted a weekly television show called Alfred Hitchcock Presents from 1955 to 1962. His distinctive greeting "Good Evening" and his wry dark humor made him the most recognizable director in history. Every home with a television in America knew the familiar theme music "Funeral March of a Marionette" and his signature profile. You can watch episodes from the show on hulu.com.
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Alfred Hitchcock's stars:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6506 Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame Star (Television)
7013 Hollywood Blvd.
You'll find the set of Norman Bates home from Psycho on the studio tours at Universal Studios Hollywood. And don't miss the attractions at both Universal theme parks which feature Hitchcock's filming techniques for the movies Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo and Saboteur.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA
1000 Universal Studios Plaza