Hitchcock became known for his alleged observation, "Actors are cattle".
He was infamous with cast and crews for his practical jokes. [...] Usually, he found out about somebody's phobias, such as mice or spiders, and in turn sent them a box full of them.
When filming the final attack scene in "The Brids", lead actress Tippi Hedren was assured that the crew would use mechanical birds. Instead, Hedren endured five solid days of prop men, protected by thick leather gloves, flinging dozens of live gulls, ravens and crows at her (their beaks clamped shut with elastic bands). In a state of exhaustion, when one of the birds gouged her cheek and narrowly missed her eye, Hedren sat down on the set and began crying.