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!
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3. Joan Fontaine – Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941)

Joan Fontaine

After earning an Oscar nomination for Hitchcock’s adaptation of the spooky Daphne de Maurier gothic novel Rebeccca, Joan Fontaine went on to win the coveted award for the following year’s Suspicion—the only Hitchcok-directed performance ever to win an Oscar. I believe the phrase we’re looking for is, “How do you like them apples?”

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4. Ingrid Bergman – Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), Under Capricorn (1949)

Ingrid Bergman

One of Hitchcock’s most frequent collaborators, Ingrid Bergman starred in three of the director’s films in the ‘40s: In Spellbound, she played a psychoanalyst at a Vermont mental hospital who notices something suspicious about the hospital’s new director; in Notorious, she took on the role of the daughter of a Nazi spy recruited by the US government to infiltrate an organization of Nazis who have relocated to Brazil following the war; and she got corseted for the historical costume drama Under Capricorn. Under Capricorn didn’t fare so well at the box office, mostly due to the fact that the public thought it was going to be another taut Hitchcock thriller—only to find that it was in fact about a domestic love triangle.

5. Grace Kelly – Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), and To Catch a Thief (1955)

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly was at the height of her stardom in the ‘50s, when she made a splash in three Hitchcock classics. From victim to heroine to accomplice, her roles in Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief became some of her most well-known work. Shortly after these hits, however, she wed Prince Rainier and became Princess Grace of Monaco, retiring from Hollywood at the ripe old age of 26. Royalty calls!

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