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Originally posted 04/03/2014 08:20AM
She lit up movie screens and record charts in the '40s, '50s and '60s, and – as she turns 90 on April 3 – Doris Day remains one of America's Sweethearts.
Originally posted 02/13/2014 01:15PM
She was a major box-office draw in the '50s, even topping the box-office standing of Marilyn Monroe, and Thursday, the day before Valentine's Day, marks the 81st birthday of Kim Novak.
Speaking to LIFE.com recently, the star of Alfred Hitchcock's critically revered Vertigo, as well as Picnic, Pal Joey, The Man with the Golden Arm and other screen landmarks of her era, recalled her photo shoot for the magazine's cover story of nearly 60 years ago.
"I hoped to show the world my soul," said Chicago's former Marilyn Pauline Novak, whose sultry voice is still very much intact, as evidenced by a highly revealing Turner Classic Movies interview that aired last year. (She told TCM host Robert Osborne that she expected her favorite leading man, Jimmy Stewart, to be waiting for her at the Pearly Gates, when her time comes.)
Originally posted 12/15/2013 08:45PM
Hollywood stalwart Joan Fontaine, best known for her roles in director Alfred Hitchcock's 1939 Rebecca and her Best Actress Oscar-winning role in his 1940 film Suspicion, died Sunday at her northern California home, according to several reports. She was 96.
Details of her death were not immediately available.
In addition to playing a mousey spouse in both the Hitchcock films, first alongside Laurence Olivier and then to Cary Grant, Fontaine's other well-known movies included 1943's The Constant Nymph, which got her a third Oscar nomination, 1944's Jane Eyre with Orson Welles, 1952's Ivanhoe with Robert Taylor, and 1957's controversial Island in the Sun with Harry Belafonte.
Originally posted 05/30/2013 08:20AM
He's remembered as the Master of Suspense, the commanding director of such classic thrillers as Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo and Rear Window, but Alfred Hitchcock was also a patriot, and, in surprising news, a photojournalist.
In a 1942 photo essay the London-born Hitch did for Life magazine – and now appearing on LIFE.com (click here) – the respected filmmaker "directs" a riveting picture story about how wartime rumors can dangerously grow in small-town America.
"Between 1940 and 1945, Hitch made films for England's Ministry of Information as well as several excellent movies featuring plots that centered on the war," it is explained in the text accompanying the 18 photos.
Originally posted 11/06/2012 12:50PM
Scarlett Johansson is a scream as Psycho star Janet Leigh in her new film, Hitchcock, which tells the story of the making of the classic horror movie in 1959.
Filming Pyscho's iconic shower scene had its challenges, Johansson 27, tells V magazine in a new interview.
"We only had the luxury to shoot the scene for a day, and everybody was feeling very nervous because it involved water and nobody wants the actor to get wet," she says. "They were concerned with modesty and all these things – but I don't care about any of that stuff and Janet Leigh never did either.
Originally posted 10/07/2012 10:35AM
To star in the upcoming Hitchcock, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel had to channel classic Hollywood glam – well, at least one of them.
In the film, which tells the story of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock's life and marriage at the time he was making his 1960 horror classic Psycho, Johansson, 27, and Biel, 30, play the parts of that film's leading ladies, Janet Leigh and Vera Miles, respectively.
"When we took that still of Scarlett behind the wheel and put it up against the still of Janet behind the wheel in Psycho, it was eerie," says Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi. "The extent to which Scarlett was able to channel Janet [was] a real surprise. She brought it in such a way that no one really anticipated."
As for Biel, embodying Miles – a longtime Hitchcock collaborator who had infuriated the mercurial auteur when she dropped out of his Vertigo to have a baby – proved more of a stretch.
Originally posted 04/18/2012 04:05PM
Sir Anthony Hopkins won an Oscar for playing one of the biggest psychos of all time, Hannibal Lecter, in 1991's The Silence of the Lambs.
Now he's playing the man who directed the movie that had all of America screaming, Alfred Hitchcock, at the time the Hollywood legend was making his classic 1960 film Psycho.
Here, in this first look from the movie Hitchcock, which began shooting last Friday (Hitch would have loved the date, Friday the 13th), Hopkins, 74, is seen as the bald, portly and droll 60-year-old.
Originally posted 03/02/2012 11:05AM
Movie history proved golden at this year's Oscars – what with the winning The Artist and Hugo, as well as the nominated My Week with Marilyn – so, what's next?
How about a look-back to Tinseltown's glorious and goriest past with Scarlett Johansson and Anthony Hopkins, who are set to costar in the upcoming Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, reports Variety.
Johansson will play leading lady Janet Leigh, who took the screen's most famous shower in the 1960 classic of its genre. James D'Arcy (Madonna's W.E.) will play Anthony Perkins, whose acting career never quite recovered after he was typecast as Norman Bates, a motel owner with something of a mother complex.
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