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The Contenders: Vera Farmiga cozies up to 'Bates Motel'
The Contenders: Vera Farmiga cozies up to 'Bates Motel'

Vera Farmiga remembers vividly how she came to see Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" for the first time. Had she known she would someday play Norman Bates' mother in A&E's prequel series "Bates Motel," she might have paid the picture closer attention. At the time, she was too preoccupied with another great director to give that classic Hitchcock thriller the scrutiny she since has. "Other than maybe the shower scene," Farmiga admits, "I didn't see all of 'Psycho' till I was on set shooting 'The Departed.' Marty Scorsese made me. At first I nodded and considered bluffing him. Then I realized that whenever he refers...

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