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Hitchcock: Before and After Hollywood: Alma Reville

 
Alma Reville
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1899 - 1982 (aged 82)
Hitchcock died two years earlier.
 
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, film editor
 
 
Alma Lucy Reville, was an English screenwriter and editor, writer of many of Alfred Hitchcock's scripts, including Shadow of a Doubt, Suspicion and The Lady Vanishes, as well as scripts for other directors, including Henrik Galeen, Maurice Elvey and Berthold Viertel. Reville's filmography is extensive with writing credits on many films that were among the biggest of their time.
 
She was born in Nottingham (One day after her future husband). The family moved to London when Reville was young, when her father got a job at Twickenham Film Studios.
 
Reville often visited her father at work and eventually got a job there as a tea girl. At 16, she was promoted to the position of cutter, which involved assisting directors in editing the motion pictures.
 
Of editing, she wrote 'the art of cutting is Art indeed, with a capital A, and is of far greater importance than is generally acknowledged'. She continued to work there as a script writer and director's assistant. These roles enabled her to become involved with a part of film-making that very few women had access to at the time.
 
Reville met Alfred Hitchcock while both worked at Paramount's Famous Players-Lasky, an American motion picture company in Islington. The pair were married on 2 December 1926 at Brompton Oratory in London after Reville converted to Roman Catholicism from Protestantism, apparently at the behest of Hitchcock's mother.
 
In 1928, when they learned that she was pregnant, the Hitchcocks purchased "Winter's Grace", a Tudor farmhouse set in 11 acres on Stroud Lane, Shamley Green, Surrey, for £2,500. Their daughter and only child, Patricia Alma Hitchcock, was born on 7 July that year.

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