Today the first big screen biopic on Alfred Hitchcock is released. Although Hitchcock centres on the makings of one of the late horror giant’s most infamous films (Psycho), it’s also a love story, tackling Hitch’s (Anthony Hopkins) relationship his wife, Alma (Helen Mirren).
It’s no surprise that a movie about Alfie would be so intently focused on a woman. One of the man’s main traits (aside from, of course, his instantly recognizable profile), was his affinity for leading ladies, particularly, but not limited to, those with golden hair. So, in the spirit of Hitchcock, we present five of the most spellbinding Hitchcock ladies.
5) JANET LEIGH
Without Janet’s ear-piercing scream and lifeless post-shower expression, Psycho would have never have been the same. She was, and always will be, the one and only Marion Crane. (Sorry, Anne Heche.)
4) INGRID BERGMAN
Hitch was definitely spellbound by this class act. Not only did he cast the Casablanca star opposite Gregory Peck in asylum-set thriller Spellbound, he also let her headline what would become the second-most recognized movie of her career, Notorious. (Hello, Cary Grant!) Their final pairing was 1949’s Under Capricorn.
3) GRACE KELLY
Another three-time collaborator with Alfie, appearing in some of his greatest hits (Dial M for Murder, Rear Widow and To Catch a Thief).
2) TIPPI HEDREN
She starred in The Birds and Marnie. She also had a strangely tumultuous relationship with the director, as documented in the HBO flick The Girl. When recently asked if Hitch loved her, Hedren quipped, “When you love someone, you treat them well.” Ouch!
1) “MRS. BATES”
OK, so she’s not even really a she. But “she” is one of the most well-recognized female figures of Hitch’s career, not to mention the focus of one of the greatest, and most tributed movie twists of all-time.
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