JERICHO, New York, April 25, 2001 – Acclaimed film director Alfred Hitchcock, who worked with some of the most beautiful actresses in film, had his own leading lady, his wife Alma Reville Hitchcock. Their marriage and collaboration on more than a dozen films in Hitchcock’s oeuvre of work will be profiled in the popular, half-hour series, GREAT ROMANCES on Monday, June 4 at 8:30 PM (ET) on WE: WOMEN’S ENTERTAINMENT. The series recounts legendary love affairs of prominent public figures.
Through film clips, exclusive interviews, never-before-seen newsreels and photos, GREAT ROMANCES profiles the relationship between the legendary director and his wife, muse, collaborator and soul mate, Alma Reville.
Alfred Hitchcock was born the son of a poultry dealer and fruit importer. At a Jesuit school, London’s St. Ignatius College and the School of Engineering and Navigation, he studied mechanics, electricity, acoustics and navigation. He then worked for a telegraph company and took art courses at the University of London. In 1920, he entered the film industry as a designer of titles for Hollywood’s Famous Players. When the studio was taken over by a British production company, he became an assistant director, working also as screenwriter and art director in several films. Hitchcock, whose first assignment as a director at the Famous Player’s Studio in London, met Alma Reville, a film editor and script girl, in the early 1920’s. In 1926, Hitchcock directed THE LODGER, which received commercial success. That same year, he and Alma were married. His first American film, REBECCA in 1940, won the Best Picture Academy Award