Pat Hitchcock, Actress and Daughter of Alfred Hitchcock, Dead at 93

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Pat Hitchcock, the only child of Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Alma Reville, died Monday. She was 93.

Pat Hitchcock was an actress in the movies and on Broadway. Her daughter confirmed Hitchcock’s death to the Hollywood Reporter. Katie Fiala said her mother died at her home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The youngest Hitchcock gave an interview to the Washington Post back in 1984 to talk about her life. And she also talked about her famous parents — Hitchcock, the famous British director and her mother the screenwriter.

Pat Hitchcock joked that any time her dad “needed a maid with an English accent,” she was available.

Pat Hitchcock Was Married in 1952 and Limited Her Acting to Raise Her Children

She married Joseph O’Connell, a businessman, in 1952. By 1955, she was pregnant with her first of three daughters. She was up for a part on a TV show. But instead of acting, she chose to focus on her family.

She inherited the rights to five of her dad’s classic movies that were reissued in the United States and in Europe. They were “Rope” (1948), “Rear Window” (1954), “The Trouble With Harry” (1955), “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956) and “Vertigo” (1958).

Pat Hitchcock was born in England. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1939 when David O. Selznick hired her dad to direct Rebecca (1940).

She told the Washington Post: “I was brought up … as an English child, so I knew what was expected, and I pretty much always did it. You didn’t speak unless spoken to, but it didn’t bother me or have any repercussions. I didn’t know anything else.

Father and Daughter Hitchcocks

She said she enjoyed a terrific relationship with her legendary dad.

“I was very close to my father, she said. “He used to take me out every Saturday, shopping and to lunch. On Sundays, he took me to church regularly, until I could drive. Then I’d drive him to church regularly. It’s because of his diligence that my religion is so strong today.”

Later, in 2004, she opened up more about her dad and her career for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television. Hitchcock said working with her dad was fairly normal.

“There wasn’t anything unusual about it,” Pat Hitchcock said. “Just like with (any other actor or director), we would discuss the scene and do it. We didn’t try out stuff.”

The youngest Hitchcock appeared in three of her father’s films. They were “Stage Fright” (1950), “Stranger on a Train” (1951) and “Psycho.” The movie Psycho probably was the best-known of her movies. She appeared in the first part of the movie. She played an office worker named Caroline, who offered tranquilizers with Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh.

Pat Hitchcock played a role in The Mudlark (1950). And she had an uncredited part in The Ten Commandments, the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille movie that’s now shown annually on network TV to celebrate Easter weekend.

She also appeared in several episodes of the 1950s era TV series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”

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