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What really happened when Hitch met “The Girl” for the first time?

Jerry Adler, the production coordinator on Alfred Hitchcock Presents was asked by Hitchcock in October 1961 to find ‘The Girl’ he saw in the ‘Sego’ television commercial and bring her to meet Hitch. Now for the first time he tells the true story – and it’s very different to how it’s shown in HBO’s The Girl. Mr Adler was interviewed on August 27th, 2013 in Los Angeles, California:

“Hitch called me one morning, and said I’ve seen this girl in a TV commercial, I’d like you to find her. So I called over to my agency people, I found her and called her, I guess it was a Thursday. I said there’s a producer who’s interested in you, do you have a reel? She brought her portfolio over on Friday morning on the Universal lot, so she knew I was for real, and I wasn’t working in some little storefront somewhere.

I sent the reel over to Hitch at Paramount. He called me first thing on Monday morning and said take her over to see his agent Herman Citron at MCA, because I think I’m going to sign this girl. I thought, him with the blonde actresses, Vera Miles, Grace Kelly, he’s going to make another star out of a blonde. The Svengali. Whatever it was, I didn’t reveal anything to her until we walked into Herman’s office. He was on the phone talking about Shirley MacLaine. The first thing Herman said when he got off the phone to her was “Well, You’ve impressed Mr. Hitchcock.”

I drove her over to Paramount where I introduced her to Hitch. We had lunch in his office.  I doubt it very much it was like what was shown in the HBO movie. I think Peggy (Robertson) was in the room, I remember there was some conversation about Edith Head doing her costume. I highly doubt the conversation was like what we saw in that movie. I don’t believe a word of it and I was there the whole time. He’s too classy a guy to say something like that then (ie; dirty limericks). Never would have that man have that kind of suggestive conversation.  I don’t think Hitch looked at this girl in the Sego commercial and said I want to sleep with her, it doesn’t make sense in any shape or form.

Subsequently I don’t think she was much of an actress. If she had something it would have overshadowed what was going on and made her in demand.”

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One response to “What really happened when Hitch met “The Girl” for the first time?

  1. Manuela ⋅

    I’ve been a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock since I’ve seen “Psycho” many years ago. I admire his work very much and have nearly all his films on DVD.

    One cannot copy or imitate Alfred Hitchcock. He will always remain the master and every cheap imitation (by whom whatsoever) will only be trash. “The Girl” and “Hitchcock” prove it in full clarity.

    The rumours spred by Tippi Hedren annoy me enormously because the accused can’t defend himself because he is dead.
    Whatever happened to Hedren – we have only her words and no further proof. Strangely she told her stories only after the death of Alfred Hitchcock and to a writer who longed for gossip to sell his biography about the famous director.

    That she believes in all seriousness the man who brouhgt her
    (the previous model with no acting training) with two major film roles to world fame had ruined her career only sounds of bitterness. Certainly no one would still speak of Hedren today if it were not for “The Birds” and “Marnie”.

    When an woman thinks she’s so talented that she desperately seeks a career as an actress, than she goes her way on her own against all alleged odds.
    Why didn’t she sue the “monstrous” director for sexual harassment? Why didn’t she sue herself out of this supposedly terribly constricting contract?
    She can’t seriously think that one single man had destroyed her career. Controlled Alfred Hitchcock whole Hollywood and the rest of the moviemaking world? Why didn’t one of these directors alleged desperately wanting to work with Hedren come to help the poor, desperate woman?

    And even if her director had made an indecent proposal: whould Hedren still speak about it today if it hasn’t been Alfred Hitchcock but instead a less famous director or a better looking one?

    Strangly only she and Diane Baker (probarly the two actresses ever worked with Hitchcock with the less successful careers) are the only ones that spread such rumours.
    Nothing could be heared like this by Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Vera Miles or Doris Day.
    Could it be possible that telling gossip is much more easier than confessing that their own acting abilities are limited and thats why their career went nowhere.

    Alfred Hitchcock will remain for ever the most brilliant director of all time. And that is a fact and no gossip or rumour.

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