"'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' really brought my father to the public because they got to see him. Often a writer would turn in a script for one of his lead-ins, and Norman Lloyd, the Associate Producer, would say, 'Hitch will never say this!' But he loved it. He got to show his sense of humor, and he used to say, 'if you didn't have a sense of humor about anything that happened in life, you may just as well quit.'"
About This Interview
In her one-hour Archive interview, Pat Hitchcock O'Connell shares her memories of her early life in the United Kingdom and moving to the United States as a child in the wake of World War II. She recalls her early visits to the movie sets of her father, Alfred Hitchcock, her education at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and her stage career at both the La Jolla Playhouse and on Broadway. She describes appearing in her father's films "Stage Fright" and "Strangers on a Train," where she befriended actors Marlene Dietrich and Robert Walker. She shares her experience in live television on CBS's Playhouse 90, as well as parts she played on network radio programs. Hitchcock O'Connell talks about Alfred Hitchcock Presents, her father's classic anthology series on which she played multiple parts over the years, and speaks of acting in the feature film "Psycho," a film on which Alfred Hitchcock used the crew from his television show to cut costs. Finally, she recalls several actors with whom she worked over the years, and shares how she'd like to be remembered. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview on June 29, 2004 in Westlake Village, California.