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Boston Globe (13/Jul/1982) - Alfred Hitchcock's widow, Alma, at 82



Alfred Hitchcock's widow, Alma, at 82

Alma Reville Hitchcock, a screenwriter and widow of director Alfred Hitchcock, has died of undisclosed causes at the age of 82.

Mrs. Hitchcock had a stroke years ago and was in deteriorating health since before Hitchcock's death in 1980 at the age of 80.

She died in her home the morning of July 6. Memorial services were held July 9.

The slight and imaginative woman was born Aug. 14, 1899, one day after her husband's birth. She worked with Hitchcock from the beginning of his film career, starting as a script girl and eventually helping write and edit some of his movies.

She took writing credit for "Suspicion," "Shadow of a Doubt," "The Paradine Case," and "Stage Fright." Her other scripts included "The Constant Nymph," "After the Verdict" and "It's in The Bag."

She also worked in various capacities on "The Thirty-Nine Steps," "Young and Innocent" and "The Lady Vanishes."

Born in London as Alma Reville, she entered the movie business four years before her future husband did as a cutter at the London Film Company.

She met Hitchcock on her first assignment after she moved to the Famous Players-Lasky's London studio in 1922. They both worked on Donald Crisp's "Keeping Up Appearances."

The two were married four years later, after she helped him in his directing debut, "The Pleasure Garden" in Munich in 1924.

Mrs. Hitchcock is survived by her daughter, Patricia O'Connell, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.