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Hitchcock heroines

We look back at the female leads in some of Alfred Hitchcock's most iconic films.

Over his long career as one of Hollywood's most celebrated directors, Hitchcock worked with a host of legendary actresses - often securing their status as household names. He was obsessed with nurturing his own image of female beauty and sexuality on-screen, favouring mysterious and elegant personalities such as Grace Kelly.

However his relationship with his female co-stars was far from straight forward; Tippi Hedren claimed he effectively ruined her career after she ignored his advances on Marnie and the portrayal of women as tortured, degraded characters in his films has attracted much criticism over the years - as has accusations that he was a misogynist and treated actors "like cattle." But others among his female co-stars, such as Ingrid Bergman and Eva Marie Saint, admired and adored Hitchcock, claiming he was both a genius and a joy to work with.

Do you have a favourite Hitchcock heroine? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below

Photos: Rex Features

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