Hitchcock’s preference for sophisticated icy blondes is well-known. He claimed that audiences would be suspicious of brunettes, but I think this quote shows a truer insight into his cinematic genius:
Blondes are blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints
My favourite Hitchcock blonde has always been Grace Kelly – partly because I love the movie ‘To Catch a Thief’ – it’s not as disturbing as a lot of his movies and makes for wonderful, witty, glamorous viewing. Here’s a run-down of my favourite Hitchcock blondes – I know I haven’t included them all, but I think these are probably the most iconic. Who’s your favourite?
Grace Kelly made three films with Hitchcock: Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954, with Jimmy Stewart) and To Catch a Thief (1955, pictured below with Cary Grant).
Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman starred in three Hitchcock films “Spellbound” (1945), “Notorious” (1946), and “Under Capricorn” (1949).
Tippi Hendren, whose relationship with Hitchcock was recently the subject of the BBC drama The Girl, starred in 2 Hitchcock movies: The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964)
Novak is probably best known for the dual role she played in Vertigo (1958) opposite James Stewart playing both female characters (below).
Eva Marie Saint
Saint played the role of Eve Kendall in North by Northwest with Cary Grant in 1959.
Famous for that shower scene in Psycho, Janet Leigh is probably one of the most well-known images of a Hitchcock blonde. Psycho was her only Hitchcock movie in 1960.