Hitchcock gets chair at USC

The family of Alfred Hitchcock and the USC School of Cinema-Television will honor the director with an endowed chair in the film department.

The Alma and Alfred Hitchcock Endowed Chair, supporting a prominent cinema or television professor specializing in Hitchcock’s films, will be dedicated Wednesday at a private reception. Film historian Drew Casper will be installed as the first chairholder.

Famous for films such as “Vertigo” and “Rear Window,” Hitchcock has been acknowledged as one of the masters of suspense. He directed more than 50 films and numerous TV programs, and though receiving six Oscar noms and making the Emmy shortlist four times, Hitchcock never won either of those awards. He had received the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Award for Lifetime Achievement, the AFI’s Award for Lifetime Achievement and a knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.

Hitchcock died in 1980.

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