Tippi Hedren

Actress; Animal Welfare Activist
Born Jan 19, 1930

Nathalie Kay "Tippi" Hedren is an American actress and former fashion model. She is widely known for her roles in the Alfred Hitchcock films The Birds and Marnie (in which she played the title role), and her efforts in animal rescue at Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre (320,000 m) wildlife habitat which she founded in 1983.… Read More

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1930 Birth Born on January 19, 1930.
1935 5 Years Old For much of her career, Hedren's year of birth was misreported as 1935.


1952 22 Years Old In 1952, Hedren met and married 18-year-old future advertising executive Peter Griffith. Their daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, was born on August 9, 1957. They were divorced in 1961.


1961 31 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1961, after seven years of marriage to the actor Peter Griffith, Hedren divorced and returned to California with her daughter, Melanie Griffith, and rented an expensive home in Sherman Oaks. "I thought I could continue my career as it had been in New York. … Read More
1964 34 Years Old On September 22, 1964, Hedren married her then-agent Noel Marshall, who later produced three of her films; they divorced in 1982.
1966 36 Years Old …  In 1966, Hitchcock finally sold her contract to Universal Studios after Hedren appeared in two of their TV shows, Kraft Suspense Theatre (1965) and Run for Your Life (id.). … Read More
1968 38 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1968, she signed on to do the American Civil War drama Five Against Kansas with Farley Granger and Jeffrey Hunter but the project was never realized.


1970 40 Years Old From 1970-1971, she guest-starred twice on The Courtship of Eddie's Father. … Read More
1973 43 Years Old 1 More Event
Marnie was the second and last collaboration between Hedren and Hitchcock. In 1973, she admitted that a major life-style difference caused a split in their relationship. "He was too possessive and too demanding. … Read More
1978 48 Years Old …  In 1978, a big flood destroyed the movie sets and killed three of the lions. … Read More


1981 51 Years Old Roar was released worldwide in 1981 with the exception of the United States because, according to Hedren, "The United States distributors wanted the lion's share of the profits, and we thought it ought to go to the beautiful animals that made the movie." … Read More
1982 52 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1982, she co-starred with Leslie Nielsen in Foxfire Light.
1983 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, author Donald Spoto published his second book about Hitchcock, The Dark Side of a Genius, in which Hedren agreed to talk about her relationship with the director in detail for the first time. … Read More
1985 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1985 pilot episode of The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents, she made a brief appearance as a waitress in a bar who berates a customer, played by her daughter Melanie Griffith.


1990 60 Years Old In 1990, she had a non-speaking, minor part as a wealthy widow romanced by Michael Keaton in the film Pacific Heights (1990), which also starred her daughter. … Read More
1994 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Hedren lamented that, "People think that I'm no longer interested in acting and only interested in working with the animals. … Read More
1996 - 2004 4 More Events
2006 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Hedren was a cast member of the short-lived primetime soap opera Fashion House with Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild and continued to guest-star in television series such as The 4400 (2006) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008). … Read More
2008 78 Years Old 1 More Event
Watts dressed up as Hedren's title character from Marnie for a photo shoot for March 2008 issue of Vanity Fair.
2012 82 Years Old In 2012, The Girl, an HBO/BBC film about Hedren and Hitchcock's relationship, based on Donald Spoto's 2009 book, Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies, was released. … Read More
2014 84 Years Old 1 More Event
Hedren's work with the Vietnamese-Americans was the subject of Happy Hands, directed by Honey Lauren, which won Best Documentary Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival in 2014.
2015 85 Years Old 1 More Event
Roar was later re-released in 2015 but Hedren declined to discuss it as she felt that promotion for the film was filled with "inaccuracies".
2016 86 Years Old She also wrote her second book titled Tippi: A Memoir that is scheduled to be released in November, 2016.
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