Hitchcock Chronology: 1979
Month by Month
- 4th - New York's WNYC radio station broadcasts an interview with Hitchcock as part of their "International Literary Report" series.
- 30th - Hitchcock's older sister Ellen Kathleen dies.
- 7th - Hitchcock receives the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Ingrid Bergman. Due to concerns about his health, Hitchcock pre-records his acceptance speech in the afternoon and this footage is spliced together with the evening's speech into the final TV broadcast version.
- 8th - Hitchcock's old friend Victor Saville, who had recently attended the director's AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, dies. Several sources regard Saville's death as a contributing factor to Hitchcock deciding to abandon any attempt to make The Short Night and to shut down his bungalow office at Universal.
- 23rd - Actor Michael Wilding, who starred in Under Capricorn and Stage Fright, dies aged 66.
- 28nd - Actor Frederick Stafford, who starred in Topaz, dies in a plane crash, aged 51.
- Ingrid Bergman pays Hitchcock a final visit — "He took both my hands and tears streamed down his face and he said, 'Ingrid, I'm going to die,' and I said, 'But of course you are going to die sometime, Hitch ... we are all going to die.' And then I told him that I, too, had recently been very ill, and that I had thought about it, too. And for a moment the logic of that seemed to make him more peaceful."
- 22nd - Actor Frederick Piper, who appeared in The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, Sabotage, Young and Innocent and Jamaica Inn, dies aged 76.
- 11th - Composer Dimitri Tiomkin, who worked with Hitchcock on Shadow of a Doubt, Strangers on a Train, I Confess and Dial M for Murder, dies aged 85.
- 31st - Hitchcock becomes Sir Alfred Hitchcock in the Queen's New Year Honours List, receiving an honourary knighthood. He had previously declined a CBE in 1962.
Notes & References
- Radio listing in the New York Times (04/Jan/1979).
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 743
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, 739
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, pages 742-43
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 742
- The Globe and Mail (31/Dec/1979) - Queen knights Hitchcock in New Year Honors List
- The Guardian: Some who turned the offer down