University Professor Camille Paglia Takes on Hitchcock's Obsession with Blondes in 'Sunday Times Magazine'

Article highlighting legendary director's relationships with his leading ladies coincides with retrospective of his films, where Paglia will speak

July 17, 2012

"Mad About the Girl," an article written by University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies Camille Paglia highlighting legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and his obsession with blondes, appeared in the July 15, 2012, issue of the Sunday Times Magazine in London.

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Featured are actress Tippi Hedren (left), who Hitchcock became infatuated with during the making of "The Birds"; Sienna Miller, who plays Hedren in the movie "The Girl," which is about his obsession; Grace Kelly in "To Catch a Thief"; Janet Leigh in "Psycho"; and Kim Novac in "Vertigo."

In addition to the article, Paglia will speak on Saturday, August 18 at "The Genius of Hitchcock: Celebrating Cinema's Master of Suspense," the British Film Institute's (BFI) five-month long Hitchcock retrospective being held through October in London. 

Paglia is the author of numerous best sellers, including The Birds, a study of Hitchcock published in 1998 by BFI Film Classics; Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson; and Sex, Art, and American Culture. Her new book, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars, is set to be published on October 16, 2012.

A frequent contributor and critic on art, literature, popular culture, feminism, politics and religion for publications around the world, Paglia's varied opinion pieces include the Sunday Times Magazine cover story, "Lady Gaga and the Death of Sex," and her 1990 New York Times op-ed piece, "Madonna – Finally, a Real Feminist," which was selected as one of the newspaper's most significant in the past 40 years.

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