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The Globe and Mail (03/May/1980) - Movie stars pay respects to Hitchcock



Movie stars pay respects to Hitchcock

Hollywood movie stars yesterday paid their final respects to the master of suspense, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, at a requiem mass for the film director.

Karl Malden, Mel Brooks and his wife Anne Bancroft, Janet Leigh, who appeared in one of Hitchcock's most famous films, Psycho, Louis Jordan, Eva Marie Saint and Tippi Hedren, who appeared in two Hitchcock movies, were in the congregation.

Hitchcock's widow, Alma, who has been in poor health, was brought into the Church of the Good Shepherd, in the elite Beverly Hills district of Los Angeles, for the mass.

The British-born Sir Alfred, who made more than 50 films and was knighted last January, died Tuesday at his home here at the age of 80.

There was a laugh raised among the packed congregation when the Jesuit priest, Father Tom Sullivan, said: "Sir Alfred told me the Jesuits scared the dickens out of him when he was a boy and so he decided to scare the dickens out of the rest of the world." He described Hitchcock as a "rotund, little Christian gentleman" and said: "We will continue to pray for Hitch."