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.”