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July 21, 1999

Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates Alfred Hitchcock Centennial

Universal City, CA -- Universal Studios Hollywood will dedicate a permanent monument to Alfred Hitchcock on Tuesday, July 27 in conjunction with the centennial birthday of the late master filmmaker, whose legacy is an integral part of Universal's history.

Two of Hitchcock's celebrated leading ladies, Tippi Hedren and Janet Leigh, will be joined by Pat Hitchcock O'Connell, the late director's daughter, and Universal Studios Hollywood president and chief operating officer, Bob Brisco in dedicating a bronze bust of filmmaker, which will be prominently displayed near the Universal Studios Hollywood entrance.

Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 in London, England. Over his 50 year career, he not only became the undisputed "Master of Suspense," but also one of the most recognizable filmmakers in the industry's history.

Hitchcock first worked at Universal in the 40's, while making "Saboteur" and "Shadow of a Doubt" and went on to make such classics as "Rope" (the first Technicolor film), and dozens of other titles including "The Birds," "Marnie," "Torn Curtain," "Topaz," "Frenzy," "Family Plot" and his tour de force, "Psycho." In addition, his successful television series in the mid-50's helped make him an instantly recognizable figure. The series, which ran for ten years, is one of the longest-running series in television history.

In celebration of the anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's centennial (which falls on Friday, August 13), Universal Studios will honor his memory throughout 1999 with a series of special events around the world as well as re-releases and reinterpretations of his work on film, television, video, music, online, consumer products and events at Universal theme parks.