For decades she complained that her father did not believe in nepotism, but the actress Patricia Hitchcock, the daughter of the master of suspense and the editor and screenwriter Alma Reville, will be remembered above all for her work with her father, as Strangers on a train or Psychosis. On Monday, the interpreter died at the age of 93 in Thousand Oaks (California), as announced by one of her three daughters, Katie O’Connell.
Hitchcock was born in 1928 in London, when his father was already a renowned filmmaker and his mother had gone from editor to the right hand of the director. She grew up in Los Angeles, where the family moved in 1939 and there Patricia decided to become an actress, so even as a teenager she began working in plays. He made his Broadway debut with the play Violet, before her father decided that she had to study in London (Patricia preferred a college U.S). Back in the United States, he began on television in 1949 with the telefilm The Case of Thomas Pyke. His first character in the cinema came the following year in a film by his father, Panic on the scene. Patricia Hitchcock will be remembered mostly for her character as Barbara Morton, a funny, talkative and bespectacled girl in Strangers on a train (1951).
Credited as Pat Hitchcock, she appeared in 10 episodes of her father’s television series (she herself said they called her whenever they needed “a maid with an English accent”), and in other series such as Suspense, Suspense, My Little Margie, Matinee Theater or Living with Riley. Also in 1956 he played a courtesan in The ten Commandments, by Cecil B. DeMille when we have the information. All these jobs were carried out after marrying Joseph O’Connell – whom she had met on a cruise ship with his parents in Italy in 1950 – in 1952 and being the mother of three daughters, which prompted her in 1960 to give up acting. and dedicate himself to taking care of them. His last character from that period was that of Marion’s officemate (Janet Leigh), the one who offers to share tranquilizers, in Psychosis (1960).
Patricia Hitchcock would return to acting for pleasure, with her grown daughters, in two telefilms, Ladies of the corridor (1975) and Six characters in search of author (1976), adaptation of Pirandello’s work transferred to the world of television, and in the film Skateboard (Skateboard super-stars) (1978). In an interview in The Washington Post In the eighties, Pat Hitchcock said that his father was opposed to nepotism, and that was why he did not work on any more of his father’s films. Yes he collaborated in the magazine Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and in 2003 he co-wrote with Laurent Bouzereau the biography of his mother Alma Hitchcock: The Woman Behind the Man, in which he vindicated Alma Reville and underlined her influence on the decisions and work of Alfred Hitchcock.