Pat Hitchcock, the only child of legendary British film director Alfred Hitchcock, died Monday, her daughter said. She was 93.
Pat Hitchcock appeared in several of the films directed by her father including “Psycho,” “Strangers on a Train” and “Stage Fright,” Variety reported. In “Psycho,” she played Janet Leigh’s office mate.
In “Psycho,” Hitchcock played Janet Leigh’s office co-worker Caroline, who offers to share her tranquilizers. In “Strangers on a Train,” she played Barbara Morton, the sister of Ruth Roman’s character, Anne Morton. That was Pat Hitchcock’s most prominent character, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I wish he had believed in nepotism,” Pat Hitchcock told The Washington Post in a 1984 interview. “I’d have worked a lot more.”
“But he never had anyone in his pictures unless he believed they were right for the part,” Pat Hitchcock told the newspaper. “He never fit a story to a star or to an actor. Often I tried to hint to his assistant, but I never got very far. She’d bring my name up, he’d say, ‘She isn’t right for it,’ and that would be the end of that.”
Pat Hitchcock did appear in 10 episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” according to Variety. She said she appeared on the show from 1955 to 1960, “whenever they needed a maid with a British accent,” according to the Post.
Her other television credits included roles in “Suspense,” “Suspicion,” “My Little Margie,” “Matinee Theatre” and “The Life of Riley.”
She also appeared in movies such as “The Case of Thomas Pyke” and a bit part in “The Ten Commandments,” the website reported.
Pat Hitchcock was the daughter of Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter-film editor Alma Reville, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was born in July 7, 1928, in London, and in 1939, their family moved to Los Angeles, the website reported.
Pat Hitchcock made her stage debut on Broadway in “Solitaire”(1942) and “Violet (1944), according to Variety. She also co-authored her mother’s biography, “Alma Hitchcock: The Woman Behind the Man” with Laurent Bouzereau, the website reported. She also wrote for her father’s “Mystery Magazine.”
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