His legend transcends through time. Sir Alfred Hitchcock is inarguably one of the best filmmakers in the industry. His genius is revered by critics. He was knighted by the Queen. With that he also had his reputation lambasted even by his actresses.
For all the most successful films he created in his career, there was one consistent element that could not be removed. The famed director always preferred blondes. That’s because according to the director himself, blonde women “made the best victims”.
His unforgettable heroines were blondes. And his blondes have successfully established the cliche blonde look and attitude that these days have. Alfred Hitchcock’s blonde coveys aloof sophistication.
Years before Tippi Hedren infamously revealed her experience with the director, her coiffed bouffant was synonymous to an unshakable elegance in the film The Birds. Janet Leigh’s champagne crop was even graceful during the bloody shower scene in Psycho. Grace Kelly’s do captured not only the thief’s attention in the film To Catch A Thief, but also everyone else’s. It was the same in Rear Window with her golden, pale bob combined with her natural icy passion. Kim Novak in Vertigo successfully drove the leading man to madness when she showed up as the platinum doppelganger.
Indeed, Hitchcock’s blondes have become so iconic that suspense films these days must cast beautiful blonde women for it to become a hit.