Hitchcock’s Blondes

I really loved this and found it to be a great listen on audiobooks. It was doubly great as it a) gave me something to listen to and taught be a lot and b) gave me loads of films I need to watch – despite being a pretty big movie buff, I realized there’s so much I haven’t seen. I just found this book so interesting and would get really excited any time I put it on to listen. It is is not only a biography of Alfred Hitchcock but also the glamorous (always blonde!) actresses that he cast in his films. Somehow in just one book we learn about his life, all of these women’s lives, and of course the films they starred in. Hitchcock was obsessed with “his” blondes but they’ve rarely been at the center of his story. We get to know June Howard-Tripp, Madeleine Carroll, Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Janet Leigh, Kim Novak, Eva Marie Saint, and Tippi Hedren. I was utterly fascinated. Especially with the bits about Grace Kelly and Janet Leigh. I will say that I thought he was unfair to Tippi Hedren but I don’t know very much and have only ever listened to her memoir so am probably a bit biased toward her. It is a fun read or listen and I felt like I learned so much (and have so many movies to watch!).