Hitchcock in 1996
Patricia Alma Hitchcock
July 7, 1928
Joseph E. O'Connell, Jr.
(m. 1952; died 1994)
|Parent(s)||Alfred Hitchcock |
Patricia Alma O'Connell (née Hitchcock; born July 7, 1928), commonly known as Pat Hitchcock, is an English-born American actress and producer. She is the only child of English director Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville, and had small roles in several of his films, starting with Stage Fright (1950).
Hitchcock was born in London in 1928, the only child of film director Alfred Hitchcock and film editor Alma Reville. The family moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1939. Once there, Hitchcock's father soon made his mark in Hollywood.
As a child, Hitchcock knew she wanted to be an actress. In the early 1940s, she began acting on the stage and doing summer stock. Her father helped her gain a role in the Broadway production of Solitaire (1942). She also played the title role in the Broadway play Violet (1944).
In early 1949, her parents arrived in London to make Stage Fright, Hitchcock's first British-made feature film since emigrating to Hollywood. Pat did not know she would have a walk-on part in the film until her parents arrived. Because she bore a resemblance to the star, Jane Wyman, her father asked if she would mind also doubling for Wyman in the scenes that required "danger driving".
She had small roles in three of her father's films: Stage Fright (1950), in which she played a jolly acting student named Chubby Bannister, one of Wyman's school chums; Strangers on a Train (1951), playing Barbara Morton, sister of Anne Morton (Ruth Roman), Guy Haines's (Farley Granger) lover; and Psycho (1960), playing Janet Leigh's character's plain-Jane office mate, Caroline, who generously offers to share tranquilizers that her mother gave her for her wedding night.
Patricia had a small uncredited role as an extra in her father's 1936 Sabotage. She and her mother, Alma Reville, are in the crowd waiting for, then watching, the Lord Mayor's Show parade.
As well as appearing in ten episodes of her father's half-hour television programme, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Hitchcock worked on a few others, including Playhouse 90, which was live, directed by John Frankenheimer. Acting for her father, however, remained the high point of her acting career, which she interrupted to bring up her children. (Hitchcock has a small joke with her first appearance on his show – after saying good night and exiting the screen, he sticks his head back into the picture and remarks: "I thought the little leading lady was rather good, didn't you?")
She married Joseph E. O'Connell, Jr., 17 January 1952, at Our Lady Chapel in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. They decided to have their wedding there because Hitchcock had many friends on the East Coast and O'Connell had relatives in Boston. They had three daughters, Mary Alma Stone (born 17 April 1953), Teresa "Tere" Carrubba (born 2 July 1954), and Kathleen "Katie" Fiala (born 27 February 1959). Joe died in 1994. She currently lives in Solvang, California.
For several years, she was the family representative on the staff of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. She supplied family photos and wrote the foreword of the book Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco by Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal, which was published in 2002. In 2003, she published Alma Hitchcock: The Woman Behind the Man, co-written with Laurent Bouzereau.
|1950||Stage Fright||Chubby Banister|
|The Mudlark||Servant (Bit Part)||Uncredited|
|1951||Strangers on a Train||Barbara Morton|
|1956||The Ten Commandments||Court Lady||Uncredited|
|1960||Psycho||Caroline||Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|1978||Skateboard||Mrs. Harris||Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|1955||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Diana Winthrop||Season 1, "Into Thin Air" (30 October 1955) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|1956||Margaret||Season 1, "The Older Sister" (22 January 1956) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|Ellie Marsh||Season 1, "The Belfry" (13 May 1956) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|1957||Polly Stephens||Season 3, "I Killed the Count", Part 1 (17 March 1957) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|Saleslady||Season 3, "The Glass Eye" (6 October 1957) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|Nancy Mason||Season 3, "Silent Witness" (3 November 1957) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|1958||Aileen||Season 3, "The Crocodile Case" (25 May 1958) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|1959||Pat||Season 4, "The Morning of the Bride" (15 February 1959) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|1960||Dorothy||Season 5, "The Cuckoo Clock" (17 April 1960) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|
|Rose||Season 5, "The Schartz-Metterklume Method" (12 June 1960) Credited as Pat Hitchcock|