On April 29, 1974, a dazzling array of boldface personalities came to pay homage to the world’s most prominent film director at Lincoln Center in New York. They included Princess Grace (Grace Kelly), French director Francoise Truffaut, Joan Fontaine, Janet Leigh and Teresa Wright. Twelve years earlier Truffaut, then 30, conducted a weeklong interview with Hitchcock, 63, that resulted in a book, Hitchcock, that influenced a generation of filmmakers.
Hitchcock directed Grace Kelly in three movies: Dial M for Murder (Ray Milland), Rear Window (James Stewart), and To Catch a Thief (Cary Grant). He died in 1980 at age 80.