Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most admired and respected film directors of his era. This rotund director had a natural talent for captivating movie audiences with stories about everyday people getting caught up extraordinary circumstances. Through the art of film direction, he gave audiences countless hours of thrills, some chills and a bit of humor thrown in for good measure.
While Hitchcock films are endlessly dissected and talked about, facts about his personality, his relationships, behavior, and movie making experiences remain a mystery to many fans. One slide reveals the woman responsible for his long-term success. Want to know what bizarre gift he gave to six-year-old Melanie Griffith? Keep clicking to see that, too!
Little Alfie Was a Neurotic Mess
Alfred Hitchcock came into the world in 1899 as the youngest of three children. He was afraid of the Jesuit priests at his Catholic school, scared of the police, and terrified of being physically harmed, among other fears. Alfie, as he was often called, spent a lot of time hiding away in his room. Within the walls of his sanctuary, his imagination roamed freely.
He had never liked his body and admitted to being well aware that he was no prize in the looks department. His fears sometimes consumed him. The only plus side of his anguish is that boyhood fears, guilt, and repression became the fuel for his future career as an extraordinary storyteller.