Alma Reville

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Alma Reville
Alma Reville.jpg
Born Alma Lucy Reville
(1899-08-14)14 August 1899
Nottingham, England
Died 6 July 1982(1982-07-06) (aged 82)
Bel Air, Los Angeles, California
Cause of death
Natural causes
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, film editor
Spouse(s) Alfred Hitchcock
(m.1926–1980; his death)
Children Patricia Hitchcock (born 1928)
Parent(s) Matthew Edward Reville (father)
Lucy Owen (mother)

Alma Lucy Reville, Lady Hitchcock (14 August, 1899 – 6 July 1982) was an English film director, screenwriter, and editor.[1] She is best known for her work with Alfred Hitchcock, whom she married in 1926.[1]

Life and work[edit]

She was born in Nottinghamshire, England, the second daughter of Matthew Edward and Lucy Reville (née Owen).

She is best known as the wife and collaborator of Sir Alfred Hitchcock, whom she met while they were working together at Paramount's Famous Players-Lasky studio in London, during the early 1920s. A talented editor, Alma worked on British films with such directors as Berthold Viertel and Maurice Elvey, though her main focus was her husband’s work. Cinema was the couple’s passion. She converted to Roman Catholicism from Protestantism before their marriage.[2] Alma was just one day younger than her husband.

They married on 2 December 1926 at Brompton Oratory in London. Their daughter Patricia Hitchcock was born on 7 July 1928. Alma became Hitchcock's collaborator and sounding board, with a keen ear for dialogue and an editor's sharp eye for scrutinising a film's final version for continuity flaws so minor they had escaped Hitchcock's own notice and that of his crew. It was Reville who noticed Janet Leigh inadvertently breathing after her character's fatal encounter with Norman Bates' mother in Psycho (1960), necessitating an alteration to the negative.

Alma Reville died of natural causes, at the age of 82, two years after Hitchcock's death. She had suffered from breast cancer some years before her death, but made a full recovery from the illness. She is buried in Los Angeles, California.

She was played by Imelda Staunton in The Girl (2012),[1], and by Helen Mirren in Hitchcock (2012).[1] Staunton was nominated for a BAFTA and a Primetime Emmy for her performance, while Mirren was nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.

Selected filmography[edit]

Screenwriter

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Anderson, John (16 November 2012). "Alfred Hitchcock’s Secret Weapon Becomes a Star". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Adair, Gene. Alfred Hitchcock: Filming Our Fears. Oxford University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-19-511967-3

Further reading[edit]

  • Alma Hitchcock: The Woman Behind the Man by Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell and Laurent Bouzereau (Berkley, 2003)

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