Patricia Hitchcock O’Connell was the only child to Alfred Hitchcock. She was an actor and a performer who made a memorable performance in her father’s “Strangers on a Train”. She also championed his work over the years.
Tere Carrubba, Hitchcock’s daughter, said that Hitchcock passed away Monday night in Thousand Oaks, California. According to Carrubba, she died from natural causes.
Carrubba, one the three Patricia Hitchcock daughters, said that Carrubba was “always really good at protecting my grandparents’ legacy and making sure they are always remembered.” “It’s a sort of an end to an era now they’re all gone.
Many know her as Pat Hitchcock. She was born to Alfred Hitchcock (London) and Alma Reville Hitchcock (London). She spent most of her adult life working in the family business. Alfred Hitchcock, her father, directed classics like “The 39 Steps,” and “The Lady Vanishes.” She moved to California with David O. Selznick, a multipicture agreement. He rose to fame as the “Master of Suspense” and Alma, his trusted adviser. Alma, a former editor, helped him to evaluate screenplays and story ideas.
Pat Hitchcock, a 1999 Guardian contributor, stated that “My mother had more to do with films than she has ever been acknowledged for”
Pat used to visit her father’s film sets, and she was already acting on stage and in school plays by her teens, including “Solitaire” on Broadway. Her father, who was a British actor, contacted Pat and offered her a part in his new film “Strangers on a Train”, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel. Farley Granger and Robert Walker were the stars of the 1951 production. They played two strangers who met on a train. Walker believes they agreed to a double homicide: Granger will kill Walker’s mother, Granger will kill Walker’s father. Pat Hitchcock portrays Ruth Roman, Granger’s sister.
The director used to make a clown face of her at home while she was asleep. He anticipated her surprise when she woke up the next day and saw a mirror. He bet her $100 that she would not ride a Ferris wheel on set during “Strangers on a Train” because he knew her fear of heights. She refuted a 1983 story by Andrew Spoto, “The Dark Side of Genius”, that she was left terrified and stranded for one hour.
She told the Chicago Tribune that the lights were turned off and they pretended they were leaving — for 35 seconds. Then they switched the lights back on and they went away.” “The only thing that’s’sadistic is that I didn’t get the hundred dollars.”