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Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in the East London area of Leytonstone He was the youngest son of William and Emma Whelan Hitchcock His strict Irish Catholic upbringing and education at the Jesuits St Iganatius College is apparent in many of his films At the young age of 16 he left to study engineering and navigation at the University of London Three years later he was hired as an estimator at Henley Telegraph Company Hitchcock began to study art in the evenings and eventually transferred to the advertising department at the company Hitchcock was always drawn to the silver screen He read every technical film magazine he could get his hands on Upon learning that Famous Players Lasky Paramount was opening a studio in London Hitchcock submitted a portfolio of his work He was hired as a title designer for the silent films His passion for films and eagerness to learn led him to apply for the job of Assistant Director which gave him the experience of film making from every angle His directorial debut was in 1922 on the film Number 13 The two-reeler was never completed Hitchcock met his future wife Alma Reville who also worked for the company during the making of the film They were married in December 1926 at Brompton Oratory Almas keen sense to detail made a creative partnership made in heaven She oversaw initial script development through final post-production It was Alma who noticed Janet Leighs dead body twitch in Psycho which was immediately corrected In 1928 their daughter Patricia was born She later appeared in three of her fathers films Stage Fright 1950 Strangers on a Train 1951 and Psycho 1960 The first film to bear the mark Directed by Alfred Hitchcock was The Pleasure Garden 1925 The young Hitchcocks uncanning wit and cinematic flare comes forth in this film In 1926 his second film The Mountain Eagle released as Fear O God
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