How Alfred Hitchcock Became the Master of Suspense

Growing Up

Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899, in Leytonstone, Essex. He became a renowned director, but he didn’t have the most glamorous upbringing. Little Alfred struggled with obesity throughout his life, as a result of a glandular condition. His parents were extremely strict, and the young boy spent a lot of time alone, drawing maps and inventing games.


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When Hitchcock was a young teen, he lost his dad. At 15, he went to study at the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation, which qualified him to become a draftsman. He got a job working at a telegraph company, and he developed a huge interest in cinema (which was a new thing). Every day after work, he would educate himself about film by watching them and studying cinema trade newspapers.

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