A new book by Scottish author Brian Hannan cast doubts on the widespread media reports that Hitchcock tried to ruin his leading lady’s career after she spurned his advances. In this new book Hitchcock’s Hollywood Hell, published by Baroliant Press, the author refutes claims that the director was vindictive enough to block other directors from hiring his star, saying that ‘Hitchcock took an enormous risk’ and ‘Hollywood did not bite’. Hannan persuasively argues a more tangled scenario of Hollywood business, box office returns and the leading lady’s age as reasons for the break in contract. This echoes other reports, most notably by Laura Truffaut, Francois Truffaut’s daughter, which has also refuted the allegations.
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