Without Alfred Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville, the shower scene from Psycho would have been less intense. During editing, she found frames where Janet Leigh could be seen breathing. She also convinced Alfred, who insisted the scene have no music and refused to listen to the score, to watch the cut with the music, and it went on to become one of the most iconic scenes in Hollywood history.
When he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1979, Hitchcock acknowledged her influence on his work and life, saying, “I ask permission to mention by name only four people who have given me the most affection, appreciation, and encouragement, and constant collaboration. The first of the four is a film editor. The second is a scriptwriter. The third is the mother of my daughter, Pat. And the fourth is as fine a cook as ever performed miracles in a domestic kitchen. And their names are Alma Reville.”