The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on April 30, 1980 · Page 11
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Wednesday Morning, April 30, 1980 Che Rml\t 1-B ELECT Mfred Hitchcock, master of glamourous suspense, dead at 80 .."LOS ANGELES (UPD :Alfred Hitchcock, . the "Cherubic director whose films of suspense laced with ^glamour and gore thrilled Hvo generations of :rn.oviegoers, died Tuesday ;of natural causes. He was 1 Hitchcock died at 9:17 ;a,m. PDT at his Bel Air home, said Herb Steinberg, .\lce president of Universal ;Studios and a close friend of the famous film director. At his bedside when he died were his wife of more than 50 years, Alma, his daughter Pat O'Connell and his three grandchildren. .Over a period of more than half a century, the double-chinned Britisher chilled and bemused audiences, with 54 films including such classics as "Rebecca", which captured an Academy Award .for best picture in 1938 in ;his first Hollywood venture. '. Last January, the film director was honored by the country of his birth and officially became "Sir Alfred," when was named Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. Actor Jimmy Stewart, who appeared in three Hitchcock films, was close to tears when told of the director's death. "I've lost a wonderful friend," Stewart said. "The world has lost a tremendous talent that has made a tremendous contribution to the art of film to millions and millions of people. •"There's never been anybody like him and I think he will be very hard to replace." ','. Stewart said it was Hitch- .cock's total dedication to his-;.art that made him unique. "II think the main thing was his complete love of the film- business," he said. "He* was a completely engrossed all his professional life and I think this,wonderful talent that he had and the love he had for '. the business, that combination made him the great one that:he is." JOE PRESNALL Hitchcock, whose career started in the early 1920s in London, directed a stream of hits such as "Suspicion,' "Spellbound," "Lifeboat, 1 "Notorious," "The Paradine Case,' "Strangers On ;a Irain,' "Dial M For Murder," "To Catch a Thief," ''Vertigo,' "North By Northwest,' "Psycho," "The Birds,' "Mamie," "Torn Curtain,' "Topaz," "Frenzy" and "Family Plot." In 1978, plagued by failing health and having trouble walking, Hitchcock pushed ahead enthusiastically with plans for yet another film, "The Short Night," whose plot dealt with the escape of a master spy from'a London jail, a chase across Europe, a lonely island on a Finnish lake and a train dash toward Russia. Hitchcock's cherubic face and droll delivery became familiar to television viewers during the 10-year run of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." He introduced each show of the series. His cameo on-screen appearances in many of his movies became a Hitchcock trademark and his devotees watched for these sly appearances. He drank champagne at Claude Rains' party in "Notorious," was an intern in "Spellbound." Sometimes he was filmed getting off a bus or walking through a train with a bass violin. Hitchcock also had a preference in his leading ladies — a cool-looking blonde in the Ingrid Bergman-Grace Kelly-Joan Fontaine tradition. . "I prefer that type," he said. "I have never cared for women with sex hanging all over them like baubles. I prefer the icy- looking, schoolteacher type. After all, when she makes her move, then it's really exciting." Actress Janet Leigh starred in what was perhaps Hitchcock's most terrifying film, "Psycho," brutally stabbed to death while taking a shower. "I'm honored to have been one of his actresses," Miss Leigh said. "He gave me one of the best opportunities of my carrier. He will .missed x by everyone, those who worked with Him and those who enjoyed his wonderful talent." Doris Day, who balked when Hitchcock asked her to sing "Que Sera Sera" in the film "The Man Who Knew Too Much," said, "I didn't like the song and said it would never be a hit. But Hitch prevailed." The song became on of Miss Day's biggest hits. "I loved him," she said. "He enjoyed every minute of his life and I think we should celebrate his life rather than mourn it." "His spirit will always be with us, his marvelous wit, his humor and his films. He was a happy loving man." Hitchcock was born Aug. 13, 1899, in Leytonstone, England. His father ran a poultry business. Educated in a Jesuit seminary and at the University of London, the young man showed a flair for movies in their silent days and got his first job as an assistant director on the British movie, "Woman To Woman." His first full directorial job was "The Pleasure Garden." The script girl on the picture was Alma Reville whom Hitchcock married in 1928. It was with "The Lodger," a film based on the story of Jack the Ripper, that Hitchcock was acclaimed as a top British director. In an interview some years ago he was asked to describe a traditional Hitchcock film. "It encompasses pure horror and comedy at the same time," he said. "If you do a realistic murder life goes on around murder just as in real life. "People stil! laugh and joke in the corridors, as it were. And I've always adhered to the fact that the amusement comes out of the characters as much as anything — not out of the situation. He and his wife lived their later years in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. They had three grandchildren — Mary, Terry andKaty. 0«mo (o- Swle Rep 60111 Fredr.Vien, Trem 56th DIST JUDGE Pd.Pol Mv by Pelof MttOCfATMIMAfV I AT, WAY! i rot AOV »YfAIIICcAMSiNAU''|« IJ07QllfTVIOOOlANt CAIV r ^ in which the actress was story, you should show that Suspense filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock SATURDAY, MAY 3rd RE-ELECT YOUR CONSTABLE SAM POPOVICH Dedicated to Serving the Citizens / of Galveston. PRECINCT 1 Pd. Pol. Adv. by Sam Popovich, Forris Acres — Golvestcn, Texas Sears all diamond jewelry in stock All diamond cocktail rings, pendants and earrings The diamond you dreamed about can be yours now! Sears has a beautiful diamond selection. See our collection of cocktail rings, pendants and earrings and make your dream come true while you save 1/3 off our regular prices! Choose from a large assortment. Styles vary by store. Snle ends May 10 In our Jewelry Department Diamond rix-klnil rin« Krptilnr su.miw Diamond rorkudl Styles limy vary by slorc'. 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