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Beauty Icon: Hitchcock Blondes

Anny Ondra in Blackmail (1929)
Hitchcock's first talkie (he also made a silent version, which many critics believe to be superior) starred this sweet-faced Czech actress as Alice White, who fends off a would-be rapist, killing him with a bread knife—no small feat! The second-act conflict: She's being blackmailed by a witness to the crime, not to mention the fact that the Scotland Yard detective assigned to her case happens to be her boyfriend.

Photo: BIP / The Kobal Collection