Obituary

Hitchcock's daughter wished she had acted in more of his films

Pat Hitchcock (right), daughter of Alma and Alfred Men. Hitchcock (both above), died last Monday. PHOTO: ALFRED HITCHCOCK OFFICIAL/INSTAGRAM

LOS ANGELES • English actress Pat Hitchcock, who acted in several of her famous father's films, such as Stage Fright (1950), Strangers On A Train (1951) and Psycho (1960), died last Monday at her home in Thousand Oaks, California. She was 93.

The death was confirmed by her daughter Tere Carrubba.

Patricia Hitchcock was born on July 7, 1928, in London. Her mother, Alma (Reville) Hitchcock, was a film editor who played a critical role as a writer, adviser and story consultant to her father, director Alfred Hitchcock.

Pat Hitchcock visited her father's movie sets in England and moved with her parents to the United States in 1939 after her father received an offer from producer David Selznick to direct Rebecca (1940).

The move came just after the start of World War II in Europe.

She made her Broadway debut at 13 in playwright John Van Druten's 1942 comedy Solitaire, playing the central role of Virginia, a rich girl who befriends a hobo.

She was recommended for the role by actress Auriol Lee, who had appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's film Suspicion (1941) the year before.

She had roles in two other Broadway shows: Violet (1944) and The High Ground (1951).

By then, she had already been on screen in Stage Fright as a school friend of Jane Wyman, who played an aspiring actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, which Pat Hitchcock was attending at the time. She would graduate in 1950.

She then appeared in Strangers On A Train, playing the sister of the woman the protagonist wants to marry.

The role was perhaps her most notable in a modest career that included another role in Psycho, in which her character, Caroline, is a co-worker of Marion, played by actress Janet Leigh.

After Strangers On A Train, Pat Hitchcock was seen mostly on television.

She had roles in sitcoms My Little Margie and The Life Of Riley and in anthology series like Matinee Theater, Playhouse 90 and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a series of mysteries and thrillers that featured her father's droll on-screen introductions.

Her father died at 80 in 1980, while her mother died two years later at 82.

Pat Hitchcock said she wished she could have acted in more of her father's pictures. But that wish went unfulfilled.

"I would have loved it if he had believed in nepotism," she told the BBC in 1997.

"But he only cast people if he thought they were absolutely right for the part. I could have told him a lot of parts I would have liked to have played, but he didn't believe it."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2021, with the headline Hitchcock's daughter wished she had acted in more of his films . Subscribe