She was strained by Hitchcock's controlling manner, and declined further work with him after Marnie. "It grew to be impossible. He was a very controlling type of person, and I guess I'm not about to be controlled." Ending their professional relationship on a sour note, she remarked "He said, 'Well, I'll ruin your career.' And he did." Producers who wished to hire her for acting roles had to go through Hitchcock, who would inform them that "she isn't available."