Hitchcock Chronology: 1980
Month by Month
- Too infirm to travel to London to receive his honourary knighthood directly from Queen Elizabeth II, the British Consuls-General of the United Kingdom to Los Angeles, Thomas Aston, makes a formal presentation to Hitchcock at his office at Universal in front of the press. When asked, "What does a knight do?", the director replies, "The first obvious thing he does, is go out into the night."
- With his health failing in early April, Hitchcock takes to bed at his Bel Air home.
- 29th - Alfred Hitchcock dies of renal failure at 9:17am at his Bel Air home.
- 3rd - A requiem mass is held at Westminster Cathedral in London for Alfred Hitchcock. Amongst the attendees are Sidney Bernstein, Ingrid Bergman, Ann Todd, Elsie Randolph, Anna Neagle, Joan Harrison, Barry Foster and George Perry.
- 29th - In an article published in the Boston Globe, composer John Williams spoke about working with Hitchcock on Family Plot (1976), "I wasn't excited about that particular picture, but I wanted to work with Hitchcock, and it turned out to be his last film. He didn't want any thick, heavy scoring. 'Just remember this,' he said to me, 'murder can be fun.'"
Notes & References
- Boston Globe (04/Jan/1980) - Names & Faces
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page744
- The hospital is now the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Wikipedia)
- Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, pg 745
- The Times (04/Jun/1980) - Tribute to a master of the macabre
- Boston Globe - "Where is John Williams Coming From?" (29/Jun/1980)