Tributes Paid to Patricia Hitchcock, Daughter of Alfred Hitchcock, as She Dies Aged 93

Actress Patricia Hitchcock, the only child of legendary British director Alfred Hitchcock, has died at the age of 93.

The stage and screen star's youngest daughter, Amblin executive Katie Fiala, told The Hollywood Reporter that her mother passed away on Monday at her home in Thousand Oaks, California.

London-born Hitchcock, who portrayed Barbara Morton in the 1951 classic film Strangers on a Train—directed by her father—was also the daughter of film screenwriter Alma Reville, Alfred Hitchcock's wife of 54 years.

As news circulated of Patricia Hitchcock's death, a host of well-wishers took to Twitter to share tributes.

Filmmaker Daniel Raim wrote: "RIP Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell. I was blessed that she agreed to executive produce my first documentary about Robert Boyle, her father's longtime production designer."

Novelist Brian Rowe also paid tribute, stating: "RIP Pat Hitchcock, daughter of Alfred, tremendous actress in her own right. It was a privilege to meet her and talk to her 20 years ago when she attended the Reno Film Festival. I will never forget the wonderful conversation we had!"

"So sad to hear that the news that Pat Hitchcock has passed away," said @kategabrielle. "To me she was always the highlight of every film she was in, and her Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode 'Into Thin Air' is one of my absolute favorites. She just seemed like such an incredibly sweet person."

RIP Patricia Hitchcock O’Connell. I was blessed that she agreed to executive produce my first documentary about Robert Boyle, her father‘s longtime production designer. Below is François Truffaut‘s dedication to Patricia for his book “Hitchcock/Truffaut.” 💛 pic.twitter.com/4jv5eAu3tq

— Daniel Raim (@DanielRaim) August 11, 2021

RIP Pat Hitchcock, daughter of Alfred, tremendous actress in her own right. It was a privilege to meet her and talk to her 20 years ago when she attended the Reno Film Festival. I will never forget the wonderful conversation we had! pic.twitter.com/6n44M3LqJ9

— Brian Rowe 🏳️‍🌈🍿🎃 (@mrbrianrowe) August 11, 2021

"So sorry to hear about the passing of Patricia Hitchcock," echoed @classicfilmgeek. "She was so memorable and spunky in Strangers on a Train and did such a good job maintaining her father's legacy."

Remembering the effect of Hitchcock's screen work, @HollywoodComet recalled: "As a kid with glasses, I loved seeing Patricia Hitchcock in STRANGERS ON A TRAIN wearing glasses, looking pretty and being funny."

Also sharing a personal anecdote, @tysonarmstrong tweeted: "When I was in high school my friend and I exchanged birthday gifts and we had gotten each other the exact same thing—a signed headshot of Patricia Hitchcock! She was very sweet and wrote us a note saying she's glad we were enjoying her father's films."

Hitchcock, who appeared in 10 episodes of CBS' Alfred Hitchcock Presents from between 1955 and 1960, moved with her family from the U.K. to Los Angeles in 1939, after her father accepted David O. Selznick's offer to direct the 1940 film Rebecca.

So sorry to hear about the passing of Patricia Hitchcock. She was so memorable and spunky in Strangers on a Train and did such a good job maintaining her father’s legacy. pic.twitter.com/8kznAP9I2n

— Samantha Ellis 💕 (@classicfilmgeek) August 11, 2021

So sad to hear that the news that Pat Hitchcock has passed away. To me she was always the highlight of every film she was in, and her Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Into Thin Air" is one of my absolute favorites. She just seemed like such an incredibly sweet person. pic.twitter.com/MCb4hQAhiz

— Kate Gabrielle (@kategabrielle) August 11, 2021

"I was brought up rather as an English child, so I knew what was expected, and I pretty much always did it," she told The Washington Post in a 1984 interview. "You didn't speak unless spoken to, but it didn't bother me or have any repercussions. I didn't know anything else.

"However, my father didn't believe in punishment. When I did something wrong, he would reason with me. Sometimes I wish he would have screamed more. He'd say, 'Do you realize how you've hurt your mother and me?' Of course, I'd want to go through the floor.

"I was very close to my father. He used to take me out every Saturday, shopping and to lunch. On Sundays, he took me to church regularly, until I could drive. Then I'd drive him to church regularly. It's because of his diligence that my religion is so strong today."

Elsewhere in the interview, Hitchcock said that she wished her father "had believed in nepotism. I'd have worked a lot more."

When I was in high school my friend and I exchanged birthday gifts and we had gotten each other the exact same thing - a signed headshot of Patricia Hitchcock! She was very sweet and wrote us a note saying she’s glad we were enjoying her father’s films. https://t.co/K9WKKN9gcO

— Tyson Armstrong (@tysonarmstrong) August 11, 2021

As a kid with glasses, I loved seeing Patricia Hitchcock in STRANGERS ON A TRAIN wearing glasses, looking pretty and being funny.
Remembering Patricia Hitchcock, who has passed away at age 93. https://t.co/reJIjOFQWc pic.twitter.com/5LRrQvF4S0

— Jessica Pickens (JP) (@HollywoodComet) August 11, 2021

"But he never had anyone in his pictures unless he believed they were right for the part," she went on. "He never fit a story to a star or to an actor. Often I tried to hint to his assistant, but I never got very far. She'd bring my name up, he'd say, 'She isn't right for it,' and that would be the end of that."

Hitchcock, who also appeared in the 1960 hit Psycho, lost her father in April 1980, when he died of kidney failure at age 80—two years before her mother would pass away at 82.

Her husband, businessman Joseph O'Connell Jr., with whom she tied the knot in 1952 and had three daughters, passed away after suffering a heart attack in 1994.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, she leaves behind her daughters, Mary, Tere and Katie; grandchildren Kelly, Caitlin, Trisha, Kate, Samantha and Chris; and great-grandchildren Ava, Joey, Maddie, Scarlett, Cole, Charlotte, Whitley and Jamie.

Patricia Hitchcock dies aged 93
Pat Hitchcock O'Connell attends the Inaugural Alfred Hitchcock Legacy Tribute Gala at The Globe Theatre on November 7, 2009 in Universal City, California. The actress has passed away at the age of 93, it was revealed this week. Brian To/FilmMagic