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4 birthday surprises about Alfred Hitchcock

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One of the greatest filmmakers of all time would have turned 111 today, and though youngsters viewing his films today might not be impressed they have him to thank for many of the elements of the psychological thrillers they enjoy today

To honor the “Master of Suspense” here are four things you might not know about Alfred Hitchcock as compiled by Stacy Conradt at Mental Floss.

1. He had lots of phobias (including eggs and jail cells!)

Hitchcock had a lot of fears. The most unusual of these phobias was probably his fear of breakfast foods. More specifically: chicken eggs. The oozy yellow yolks, specifically, freaked him out. He once said,

”I’m frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes . . . have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid? Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I’ve never tasted it…”

2. He was one of the first to make cameo appearances.

Sir Hitchcock has 52 major films that have survived (one of his silent films from 1927 has been lost) and he makes cameo appearances in 37 of them. They are always extremely tiny parts – sometimes he’s even just in crowd shot…

Full story at Mental Floss.

Movie legends.

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