Patricia Hitchcock

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Patricia Hitchcock (1996)

Patricia Alma Hitchcock (born July 7, 1928 in London , United Kingdom - † August 9, 2021 in Thousand Oaks , California ) was an American actress and film producer . She was the daughter of the film director Alfred Hitchcock and played supporting roles in three of her father's films.


Patricia Hitchcock was born in 1928 as the only child of the film director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, the film editor Alma Reville . During her childhood her father rose to become one of the greatest British film directors and the family moved from London to Los Angeles in the United States in 1939 . In the following decades her father was one of the most important directors in Hollywood . Patricia Hitchcock wanted to become an actress from a young age. In the early 1940s she began to play with various theater groups. After graduating from Marymount High School in Los Angeles in 1947, she attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Artin London. She took on roles in the Broadway plays Violet (1944) and The High Ground (1951), but the plays were canceled every three weeks.

Alfred Hitchcock tried to advance his daughter's acting career by giving her supporting roles in three of his films: in 1950 she made her film debut in The Red Lola in the supporting role of a cheerful acting student, a year later she had her biggest Hitchcock role as Farley's sister-in-law Granger in The Stranger on the Train , and in 1960 she made a brief but striking appearance as a nondescript workmate of Janet Leigh's character in Psycho . She received several roles in American television series - including ten episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents - and had an extra role in the Bible film The Ten Commandments by Cecil B. DeMille . After only a few more roles in the mid-1970s, she ended her acting career.

In memory of her father's life and work, she gave numerous interviews and made public appearances. She worked as a conversation partner and contemporary witness on almost all of the major documentaries about Alfred and Alma Hitchcock. In the mid-1980s, she was also involved in the re-production and restoration of the five films previously owned by the family - the so-called "The Five Lost Hitchcocks", namely Cocktail für eine Leiche (1948), Das Fenster zum Hof (1954), Immer Ärger mit Harry (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and Vertigo - From the Realm of the Dead (1958) - involved. In 2000 she produced the documentary The Man on Lincoln's Nose about the work of art director Robert F. Boyle , who had worked with her father on several occasions.

From 1952 until his death in 1994 Patricia Hitchcock was married to businessman Joseph E. O'Connell Jr. With him she had three daughters, born in 1953, 1954 and 1959. After her granddaughter died of cystic fibrosis in 2003 , she made a financial commitment to fighting the disease. Because of health problems, she withdrew from the public in the 2010s; she lived in Solvang , California until the house burned down in a forest fire in 2018, then in Thousand Oaks. Patricia Hitchcock died in August 2021 at the age of 93.


  • 1950: The Red Lola (Stage Fright)
  • 1951: The Dirty Sparrow and the Queen (The Mudlark)
  • 1951: Strangers on a train (Strangers on a Train)
  • 1952: Suspense (TV series, episode)
  • 1955: Front Row Center (TV series, episode)
  • 1955–1960: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV series, ten episodes)
  • 1956: Screen Directors Playhouse (TV series, episode)
  • 1956: Matinee Theater (TV series, one episode)
  • 1956: The Ten Commandments (The Ten Commandments)
  • 1958: The Life of Riley (TV series, episode)
  • 1958: Playhouse 90 (TV series, an episode)
  • 1958: Suspicion (TV series, an episode)
  • 1960: Psycho
  • 1975: Ladies of the Corridor (TV movie)
  • 1976: Six Characters in Search of an Author (TV movie)
  • 1978: skateboard
  • 2000: The Man on Lincoln's Nose (documentary, as producer)

Web links

Commons : Patricia Hitchcock  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Patricia Hitchcock in the Internet Broadway Database (English)
  2. Melissa Stone: Great-granddaughter of Alfred Hitchcock , Variety, August 14, 2003
  3. Melissa Stone, Aug. 12, 2003, p. 9 , In Motion Winter 2004,
  4. ^ Statement in the documentation "The Hitchcocks on Hitch"; Bonus material on the Blu Ray DVD “The Stranger on the Train”, Warner Home Video 2012
  5. Little Women LA - Where Is Danish Town Solvang, California? , June 20, 2018
  6. ^ Alfred Hitchcock family home burns in Woolsey Fire. Accessed August 11, 2021 .
  7. ^ Pat Hitchcock, Daughter of Alfred Hitchcock Who Appeared in His Films, Dies at 93