Profile of Alfred Hitchcock
He was nominated five times for Best Director and
Hi, I'm Carissa Loethen for About.com and today we're profiling the English film director and Master of Suspense: Alfred Hitchcock.Alfred Hitchcock was born August 13, 1899, in northeast London. In 1920, he was hired by Islington Studios to design the title cards for silent movies. By 1922 he was directing his first feature: Number 13 and found his first critical success in 1927 with The Lodger. Two years later, he released Blackmail, which is considered the first British talking film.Hollywood took notice of Hitchcock's talent and in 1939, he and his family moved to California. The next year, he directed Rebecca with Laurence Olivier and the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The '40s included the films Suspicion, Spellbound and Notorious. Suspicion and Spellbound starred Ingrid Bergman, probably Hitchcock's most famous blonde and also a 3-time Academy Award winner. Hitchcock’s first color film, Rope, was released in 1948, one of four Hitch films to feature James Stewart.The 1950's would be where Hitchcock would put out many of his iconic films. After putting out Strangers on a Train and I Confess, Hitch put out three consecutive, very popular films with Grace Kelly. 1954's Dial M for Murder saw Kelly play an unfaithful wife whose husband hires a hit man to kill her, though she ends up killing the assassin. In 1954, Hitchcock directed Stewart and Kelly in Rear Window - where a man temporarily confined to his apartment suspects a neighbor has murdered his wife after watching them from across the courtyard.Hitchcock paired Kelly with Cary Grant in 1955's To Catch a Thief. Hitchcock again worked with Stewart in 1956's The Man Who Knew Too Much, which was a remake of his own 1934 film of the same name. In ‘58, he directed Vertigo. Though poorly received by both critics and the public, it has since become a classic and considered one of the greatest films of all time. Cary Grant made his return to a Hitchcock film with 1959's North by Northwest, which is also considered to be one of Hitchcock's finest.In 1960, he directed one of the most famous horror films of all time: Psycho, about a secretary staying at a hotel owned by homicidal Anthony Perkins. Hitchcock released The Birds in 1963, a film about attacks by a massive infestation of birds. Hitchcock's health would turn afterwards and none of his remaining films would match his previous success.He died in April of 1980 in Los Angeles, not long after being knighted by the Queen of England that same year. Hitchcock was well known for relying very heavily on suspense in his films and his iconic brief cameos in 39 of his 52 films. Despite the success of his films, he himself didn't fare well at the Academy Awards; he was nominated five times for Best Director and failed to win every time.And that's a look at Sir Alfred Hitchcock -- the Master of Suspense. For more information, be sure to check out About.com.