From Kim Novak to Janet Leigh: A Look at Alfred Hitchcock’s Best Leading Ladies
In honor of ‘Hitchcock,’ we’ve rounded up 11 of the filmmaker’s iconic leading ladies. Get ready to scream!
We got our first look at Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel as Janet Leigh and Vera Miles about a month and a half ago—and now it’s finally here! What, you ask? Why, Hitchcock, of course! Based on the non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, Hitchcock stars Anthony Hopkins as the famed film director and focuses on his relationship with his wife, Alma Reville (the incomparable Dame Helen Mirren), during the time in which he was shooting what would become his most well-known film. ScarJo and Jessica co-star as the leading ladies who played Psycho’s Marion and Lila Crane. Catch the trailer here:
Iiiiiiinteresting, no? In honor of the film’s release, we’ve rounded up 11 of Hitchcock’s best leading ladies. From thieves to heroines and from victims to vixens, get ready to live life in the fast lane. Be sure to catch Hitchcock in theaters this weekend!
1. Madeleine Carroll – The 39 Steps (1935), Secret Agent (1936)
Madeleine Carroll is recognized as one of the most beautiful women in film and known for her aristocratic good looks—but she’s more than just a pretty face. The actress first captured Hitchcock’s attention in the ‘30s, starring first as one of his earliest trademark cool, intelligent blondes in The 39 Steps and later as a lady spy in Secret Agent. She also worked in field hospitals as a Red Cross nurse during World War IIand donated her chateau in France to more than 150 orphans. What a gal!
2. Margaret Lockwood – The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Remember that old urban legend about the girl whose mother falls ill while they’re traveling abroad? You know, the one where the girl goes off in search of a doctor for her mother, only to find upon her return to their hotel that not only is her mother is no longer there, but even more disturbingly, the hotel’s staff deny that she ever stayed there? That’s The Lady Vanishes in a nutshell, although Margaret Lockwood’s Iris merely makes the acquaintance of the elderly governess Miss Froy before the governess disappears. Margaret made her stage debut at the tender age of 12 and studied at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Up next: Ingrid Bergman and more!