Tippi Hedren
Actress; animal welfare activist
Tippi Hedren
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.
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Tippi Hedren on Doris Day, Les Brown and 'Sentimental Journey'
Wall Street Journal - 2 months
Hitchcock star Tippi Hedren (“The Birds”) recalls young love and Les Brown’s version of “Sentimental Journey,” with Doris Day singing.
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Best Films Books Of 2016
Huffington Post - 3 months
It’s been a surprisingly good year for film books. Whether you are into biographies, film history, pictorials, “making of” books, or critical studies, there was something for just about everyone. This year’s list may top last year’s, which was also bountiful. As a matter of fact, there were so many worthwhile books in 2016 that I was forced to split this article into two pieces. In the coming days, I will post another article with just as many recommendations, if not more. A House Divided With Newt Gingrich’s call for a new House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), there may be no relevant book than Hollywood Divided: The 1950 Screen Directors Guild Meeting and the Impact of the Blacklist (University Press of Kentucky) by Kevin Brianton. This new title centers on a now legendary meeting held by the Screen Directors Guild in 1950 (at the height of the anti-communist “Red Scare”) to consider the adoption of an industry loyalty oath. Among those present at the meeti ...
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Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir
Reuters.com - 4 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Tippi Hedren graphically chronicles in a new memoir incidents in which she says she was sexually assaulted and harassed by famed British director Alfred Hitchcock during her star turns in "The Birds" and "Marnie."
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Dakota Johnson Sticks Up For Mom, Bashes 'Brutal' Hollywood
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Dakota Johnson -- daughter of 58-year-old actress Melanie Griffith and granddaughter of 85-year-old actress Tippi Hedren -- sees only black and white when it comes to ageism in Hollywood. The star of Fifty Shades of Grey, featured on the February cover of British Vogue, said the entertainment industry was "f___ing brutal" when it comes to its treatment of older women. Johnson, 26, asked “Why isn’t my mother in movies? She’s an extraordinary actress! Why isn’t my grandmother in movies?" She said that "No matter how tough you are, sometimes there’s the feeling of not being wanted. It’s absurd and cut-throat." Other actors, too, have lamented the lack of roles for older women and men. A research paper found that a "broader range of images exists for older women in the real world than does for those in the reel world." But while we're waiting for the universe to catch up with us, it's nice to see some daughterly love and shared outrage! Also on HuffPost:     -- This ...
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Lost Scenes From <i>A Charlie Brown Christmas</i>
Huffington Post - about 1 year
- Lucy tries primal scream therapy; raises fee to six cents - Schroeder goes "electric," Pete Seeger chases after him with an axe - Russians launch surprise first strike, Linus and Lucy catch nuclear ash on their tongues - Snoopy's Sopwith Camel is shot down over Hanoi; he later writes bestseller It Was a Dark and Stormy Tet - Woodstock lands on monkey bars, then attacks Tippi Hedren - Christmas play is cancelled; instead, Charlie Brown stages The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade - Original Dolly Madison snack cakes genetically engineered by Monsanto - Violet trips on LSD-laced gingerbread men, thinks she's Mary Worth - Pig-Pen joins commune, studies soil erosion - When Peanuts gang skates, Charlie Brown is haunted by psychic vision that the ice is gonna break - Adults' "wah wah" voices changed to Gershon Kingsley's Popcorn ...
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Melanie Griffith Enjoys Family Night Out With Her Daughters And Mother
Huffington Post - over 1 year
It was a family affair for Melanie Griffith as she attended the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards on Monday night with her daughters, Dakota Johnson and Stella Banderas, and mother Tippi Hedren.  The ladies, who represent three generations of women in Hollywood, made sure to coordinate their looks for the event and opted for classic black ensembles.  Johnson, who picked up the Calvin Klein Emerging Star Award, wore a satin Calvin Klein gown with a plunging neckline and jewelry by Jacob &amp; Co., while her mother opted for a wide-legged black jumpsuit.  Griffith's younger daughter went a little more casual with a skirt and sweater combo, but added some glamour with a pop of red lipstick. Hedren also looked chic in a little black dress, which she layered under a black blazer. Other stars in attendance for the event were Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz (with Twin Shadow) and Nina Dobrev, all of whom were dressed in Calvin Klein.   Also on HuffPost:  For a co ...
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Two very different tales about fingernails
Houston Chronicle - almost 2 years
Recently I’ve run across two stories about a subject you’ve probably never even thought about: the manicure industry. Not surprisingly, the news is both good and bad. First, the good. After the fall of Saigon 40 years ago, the actress Tippi Hedren (“The Birds”) visited a Vietnamese refugee camp in California. She had an idea: […]
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On Being Inspired by Classic Movies at the TCM Classic Film Festival
Huffington Post - about 2 years
What makes something a classic? It's a question worth asking as Hollywood devotes ever more of its resources to remaking movies, TV shows, and comic books from the past as the majority of our movie content today. Not that we mind the odd sequel (we're definitely looking forward to Spectre and Star Wars) - but 2015 will see an unprecedented number of sequels and remakes, including new installments in the Mad Max, Mission Impossible, Jurassic Park, Terminator, Avengers, and Fast and Furious franchises. If you want a break and would like to see some movies that are truly unrepeatable and non-franchisable, we suggest you check out the upcoming 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival, returning to historic Hollywood from March 26th to March 29th, 2015. It's a marvelous chance to see some of the world's classic movies the way they were meant to be seen: on the big screen, and often with their original creators in attendance. The classic movies shown at the TCM Classic Film Festival are in ...
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Fashion Kills!
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"I can afford a blemish on my character, but not on my clothes," says Shelby Carpenter, played by Vincent Price in Laura, Otto Preminger's 1944 film. When actors are questioned about the process of getting into character they invariably cite that the right pair of shoes or gloves, a strict corset or a comfy cardigan will help them shape and inhabit their fictional persona far greater than any notes from the director. In Dressing Dangerously: Dysfunctional Fashion in Film, a new book by Jonathan Faiers, the author explores this knife-edge relationship between fashion and film, and documents the tiny sartorial details that can tailor the narrative as much as the script. Faiers' own narrative covers and uncovers every area of the screen wardrobe. There is the iconic trench coat as worn by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys, the symbolic red dress that brands Bette Davis a 'scarlet woman' in Jezebel, the 'wages of sin' fur coat coveted by Doris Day ...
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Large Appliance Attacks on Directors: Michael Bay Just the Latest
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As you may have heard, Hollywood director Michael Bay was attacked on the set of Transformers 4 by a man wielding a large air conditioner unit. Bay evaded the attacker and narrowly escaped injury. Though rare, the incident is far from the only case of large appliances being used to attack film directors. Since the earliest days of film, such directors as D.W. Griffith were routinely attacked on set by large blocks of ice, frequently from film critics, fans and crew members. As appliances became electrified and silent film turned to the talkies, the odd tradition evolved into heavy electric and gas appliances. In 1963, Tippi Hedren hired a teamster to attack Alfred Hitchcock on the set of The Birds with a large oven. The event, which left Hitch with a small scar on the nape of his neck, led the Directors Guild of America to institute "Hedren Appliance Protocols" to monitor large appliance attacks on directors. Despite the DGA rules, such attacks have continued, though more sporad ...
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Actress Tippi Hedren reveals her award-winning off-camera role post-Vietnam War
Fox News - over 3 years
Tippi Hedren is recognized among moviegoers for her starring role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller “The Birds,” but to many Vietnamese immigrants, she’s better known as a great American hero.
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First NIghter: Basil Twist in Manhattan, IPA in Brooklyn
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Anyone looking around New York City for something to do this weekend might want to check out the Japan Society in Manhattan and/or the Brooklyn Museum. Basil Twist's Dogugaeshi, at the Japan Society, is not so much a puppet show--as Twist fans will suspect--as it is a series of mesmerizing projections designed by Peter Flaherty. Commissioned 10 years ago by the Society to bring in a piece, Twist instantly remembered being captivated by dogugaeshi--the name designating, as the program explains, "the stage mechanism that serves as a background to traditional Japanese folk puppet theater." Part of the tradition is the opening of doors behind which are other doors. The effect of doors opening to reveal other doors is that the promise of something revealed is not immediately fulfilled. (Life as a continuing, tantalizing mystery is the notion.) Intrigued by dogugaeshi, Twist builds on it, first by puling aside curtains to a screen on which intricately designed two-part doors glide ...
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8 Things To Know About Dakota Johnson
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Dakota Johnson was thrust into the spotlight this week when the 23-year-old actress was cast as Anastasia Steele in the film adaption of E L James' erotic best-seller "50 Shades Of Grey," after a months-long search. In case you're not familiar with Johnson, we've created a handy cheat sheet. 1. As the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, she's Hollywood royalty. 2. Her first film role was as Griffith's daughter in the 1999 film "Crazy in Alabama." 3. Her grandmother is Hitchock muse Tippi Hedren. 4. She was signed to IMG when she was 18 and has modeled for Uniqlo, Oliver Peoples and Mango. 5. She had a small part in "The Social Network" and shared this memorable scene with Justin Timberlake. 6. She starred as a young single mom on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Ben and Kate." 7. She served as Miss Golden Globe in 2006. 8. Of growing up in a famous family, she told "Access Hollywood" in 2012, "I got to experience a lot of things that a lot of people never get to do. There w ...
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'That English Bastard'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" is the first feature film Billy Bob Thornton has written and directed in 12 years, and its new trailer finds the Oscar winner donning a thick Southern accent as an Alabama native. "Car," set in the late 1960s, depicts a multi-generational family that clashes when their British counterparts -- one of whom is referred to as "that English bastard" -- call to inform them of the death of their matriarch. Robert Duvall plays the head honcho of the Alabama family, while John Hurt leads the London clan. Thornton, Kevin Bacon and Robert Patrick play the three Southern siblings, with Tippi Hedren, Frances O'Connor and Robert Stevenson rounding out the cast. Co-written by frequent Thornton collaborator Tom Epperson, "Car" hits theaters Sept. 13. Will it net Thornton a second screenplay Oscar, following his win for 1996's "Sling Blade"? Watch the trailer and weigh in.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tippi Hedren
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 86
    She also wrote her second book titled Tippi: A Memoir that is scheduled to be released in November, 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 85
    In a 2015 interview with ABILITY Magazine, Hedren emphasized that there is no human contact with the animals and that all of the cats are spayed and neutered, since they are being raised in captivity.
    More Details Hide Details She took in and cared for Togar, a lion that belonged to Anton LaVey, after he was told by San Francisco officials that he couldn't keep a fully grown lion as a house pet. Shambala became the new home for Michael Jackson's two Bengal tigers, Sabu and Thriller, after he decided to close his zoo at his Neverland Valley Ranch in Los Olivos. Thriller died in June 2012 of lung cancer. On December 3, 2007, Shambala Preserve made headlines when Chris Orr, a caretaker for the animals, was mauled by a tiger named Alexander. Several documentaries have focused on Shambala Preserve, including the 30-minute Lions: Kings of the Serengeti (1995), narrated by Melanie Griffith, and Animal Planet's Life with Big Cats (1998), which won the Genesis Award for best documentary in 1999. The animals at the preserve served as the initial inspiration for the life's work of artist A.E. London, who started her career working for Hedren.
    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".
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  • 2014
    Age 84
    CND and Beauty Changes Lives Foundation (BCL) have announced the BCL CND Tippi Hedren Nail Scholarship Fund to support professional nail education and will be administered starting January 1, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Hedren suffered from severe and persistent headaches for a long time and therefore was unable to accept several projects, including a television series produced by and starring Betty White. After she got a titanium plate put in her neck, she improved and then agreed, with the blessing of her doctor, to take the part of a dying woman in the soap opera Fashion House. While she was rehearsing a scene, a gallon of water fell from the ceiling onto her head. The headaches returned after the incident and persisted. Hedren filed a suit to receive recompense following her inability to work. Hedren's lawyer, Joseph Allen, made a mistake in his discussions with the defendants that allowed them to block him from filing suit. Hedren sued Allen for malpractice. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Hedren had been awarded a $1.5 million settlement, including $213,400 for past lost earnings and $440,308 for future lost earnings, against her former lawyer. Hedren was hurt by the report as she had not collected the award. She gave an interview to explain that her former lawyer does not have the money to pay her, and discussed how the report put her in a difficult situation as her Foundation is in dire need of funds. She explained that she has to raise $75,000 monthly just to keep it going. "Chances are I won't ever even see the money, and that what hurts so badly, that in all of this pain and suffering that publication ran with a swift and not researched story, which told people around the world who have been so gracious and thoughtful about sending donations, that I no longer needed them."
    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 82
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When she was first told about the project, Hedren said she had mixed feelings about it, "To be still alive and have a film made about you is an awesome and incredibly frightening experience." Hedren and Hitchcock were respectively portrayed by Sienna Miller and Toby Jones. Although she was thrilled with the choice of Miller, Hedren was worried she would not be portrayed "as strong a character as I was–and still am. I had to be extremely strong to fight off Mr. Hitchcock." She described the moment she saw the film as "probably one of the most involved, emotionally tense 90 minutes that I have ever lived." Upon the film's release, Hedren said although she believed the film accurately portrays Hitchcock's behavior towards her, the time constraints of a 90-minute film prevented telling the entire story of her career with him. "It wasn't a constant barrage of harassment. If it had been constantly the way we have had to do it in this film, I would have been long gone." She recalled there were times she described as "absolutely delightful and wonderful”, and insisted that “Hitchcock had a charm about him. He was very funny at times. He was incredibly brilliant in his field." The film was controversial, as others who knew and worked with Hitchcock responded to it negatively. Kim Novak, who worked on Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), disputed Hitchcock's portrayal as a sexual predator in The Girl: "I never saw him make a pass at anybody or act strange to anybody.
  • 2008
    Age 78
    In September 2008, Hedren told The Sunday Times "I’m waiting for someone to sweep me off my feet.”
    More Details Hide Details Hedren played a role in the development of Vietnamese-American nail salons in the United States. In 1975, while an international relief coordinator with Food for the Hungry, she began visiting with refugees at Hope Village outside Sacramento, California. When she learned the women were interested in her manicured nails, she employed her manicurist to teach them the skills of the trade and worked with a local beauty school to help them find jobs.
    Watts dressed up as Hedren's title character from Marnie for a photo shoot for March 2008 issue of Vanity Fair.
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  • 2006
    Age 76
    A Louis Vuitton ad campaign in 2006 paid tribute to Hedren and Hitchcock with a modern-day interpretation of the deserted railway station opening sequence of Marnie.
    More Details Hide Details Her look from The Birds (1963) inspired designer Bill Gaytten to design for John Galliano Pre-Fall 2012 collection. Naomi Watts stated that her character interpretation in Mulholland Drive (2001) was influenced by the look and performances of Hedren in Hitchcock films. Watts and Hedren both appeared in I ♥ Huckabees (2004) but didn't share any scenes together. Off-screen, the film's director David O. Russell introduced them both, and Watts said of Hedren: "I was pretty fascinated by her then, because people have often said we're alike."
    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).
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Hedren and her daughter Griffith guest-starred together on an episode of Raising Hope. That same year, she was thrilled to appear in Free Samples, an indie film where she had a supporting role as an old movie star. In 2013, she made an appearance as herself in the fourth season finale of Cougar Town.
  • 2004
    Age 74
    In 2004, however, she acknowledged that she was actually born on January 19, 1930 (which is confirmed by her birth registration information at the Minnesota Historical Society) in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Bernard Carl and Dorothea Henrietta (née Eckhardt) Hedren.
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  • 2002
    Age 72
    Hedren was engaged to veterinarian Martin Dinnes from 2002 until their breakup in mid-2008.
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  • 1999
    Age 69
    After appearing in a number of little-exposed films between 1999 and 2003, Hedren had a small but showy role in the 2004 David O. Russell comedy, I Heart Huckabees, as a foul-mouthed attractive older woman who slaps Jude Law in an elevator.
    More Details Hide Details She felt that the director, who had a reputation for being difficult, was "totally crazy" but also, "very interesting. I was able to work well with him". She also added it was a strange experience as, "While we were filming, I thought, "How is he going to edit this?" Because all of a sudden, he’d be like, "Now I’m going to do it this way," and you’d think, "How is he going to edit this? How is this going to work?" But he made it work."
  • 1996
    Age 66
    In 1996, she played an abortion rights activist in Alexander Payne's political satire Citizen Ruth with Laura Dern.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, she co-starred alongside Billy Zane and Christina Ricci in I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, a film she felt was "incredible". "I must say I really love that film. It was a unique kind of film to do also, because of the fact that it had no dialogue in it. It was very, very different". That same year, she guest-starred in a special episode titled "Psychodrama" of the television series, Chicago Hope, that paid tribute to the Hitchcock movies. Hedren's character, Alfreda Perkins, was a reference to Alfred Hitchcock and actor Anthony Perkins, who starred in the director's 1960 film, Psycho.
  • 1994
    Age 64
    From 1994 to 1996, Hedren had a guest-starring role in Dream On.
    More Details Hide Details The sitcom gave her "the opportunity to do comedy. I’d never done comedy before and it was just wonderful for me to be able to do that. Everybody just thought of me as a serious actress so I owe that to John Landis (the executive producer), giving me that opportunity".
    In 1994, Hedren lamented that, "People think that I'm no longer interested in acting and only interested in working with the animals.
    More Details Hide Details Obviously I have given that impression, but it is not how I feel. I think I'm a good actor. I think I look OK. I don't understand why I'm not working all the time." That same year, she appeared in the made-for-cable sequel, The Birds II: Land's End, in a role different from the one she had played in the original. She was however disappointed that she didn't get a starring role and admitted before the film's release, "I wish that it was more than a cameo. I think they made a mistake by not doing that. But it has helped me to feed my lions and tigers." When asked about what could have been Hitchcock's opinion, she answered: "I'd hate to think what he would say!" In a 2007 interview, Hedren said of the film, "It's absolutely horrible, it embarrasses me horribly."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1990
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she had a role on The Bold and the Beautiful, a daytime soap opera she said she was "proud to have in my resume".
  • 1985
    Age 55
    In 1985, she married steel manufacturer Luis Barrenechea, but they divorced in 1995.
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    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 53
    During the 1980s, she appeared in several television series, including Hart to Hart in 1983 and the late-night horror series Tales from the Darkside in 1984.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The book was controversial as several of Hitchcock's friends claimed the Hitchcock portrayed in the book was not the man they knew. For years after its release, Hedren was not keen to talk about it in interviews but thought the chapter devoted to her story was "accurate as to just what he was." Hedren later explained her long silence before telling her story, "It was embarrassing and insulting–there were a lot of reasons why I didn't want to tell the story. I didn't want it to be taken advantage of, twisted, turned and made into an even uglier situation than it was." According to Spoto's book, Hitchcock brought in two members of his crew during the filming of The Birds and asked them to keep careful watch on the activities of Hedren, "when she left the set - where she went, who she visited, how she spent her free time". He then advised her on what she should eat, whom she should see, and how she should live. He told the cast and crew they were not allowed to talk to her. Hedren's co-star in The Birds, Rod Taylor, later remembered, "Hitch was becoming very domineering and covetous of 'Tippi,' and it was very difficult for her. No one was permitted to come physically close to her during the production. 'Don't touch the girl after I call "Cut!"' he said to me repeatedly."
  • 1982
    Age 52
    Hedren ended her marriage to Marshall a year later in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details The film directly led to the 1983 establishment of the non-profit Roar Foundation and Hedren's Shambala Preserve, located at the edge of the Mojave Desert in Acton, California between the Antelope Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley northeast of Los Angeles. Shambala currently houses some 70 animals. Hedren lives on the Shambala site and conducts monthly tours of the preserve for the public.
    In 1982, she co-starred with Leslie Nielsen in Foxfire Light.
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  • 1981
    Age 51
    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."
    More Details Hide Details The film cost $17 million and grossed only $2 million. However, the film was a turning point in Hedren's life. In 1983, she established the non-profit organization, The Roar Foundation, to take care of the big cats as she later explained, "After our movie was over, it was unconscionable to see the animals go any place else. We said we would become a foundation so that we can take in donations so that we can keep the cats here, and that is what we did."
  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 48
    In 1978, a big flood destroyed the movie sets and killed three of the lions.
    More Details Hide Details The project was set back several years. Hedren later said they were all determined to finish the film, "We were so sure the film was going to be a success that we thought everything (financing the ranch and the lions, etc.) would take care of itself."
  • 1973
    Age 43
    In 1973, Hedren played a teacher of an experimental sex school in The Harrad Experiment, which starred James Whitmore and Don Johnson - the latter of which would later become the husband of her daughter, Melanie Griffith.
    More Details Hide Details Hedren felt that the film "deals with vital themes - themes like the decline in importance of ideas like possession and jealousy and, by inference, marriage. I have four teenage children and I think this picture says some valuable things to them." She confessed at the time she was occasionally depressed over the fact she wasn't doing any major films and told a magazine, "My husband just cancelled all the trade magazines because he felt I should cut off the source of my discontent. He's the type who won't stand for sustained down feelings". In 1969, during the filming of Satan's Harvest in Africa, Hedren and then-husband Noel Marshall watched a pride of lions move into a house after a game warden moved out. Hedren later said, "We were delighted with the way they adapted themselves to living there. And they were so funny we knew we had an idea for a picture." Back home, Marshall wrote a script for a film originally titled Lions, Lions and More Lions centered around their experience. The film was later retitled Roar and centered around a family's misadventures in a research park filled with lions, tigers, and other wild cats. Hedren played the lead role and co-starred her daughter, Melanie Griffith, Marshall and his own sons, Jerry and John. Hedren and Marshall attempted to rent Hollywood animals for a nine-month shoot. However, upon approaching animal trainers for support, they were discouraged and nobody would rent them thirty or forty lions, as the script required, because of their natural tendency to fight.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details I cannot be possessed by anyone. But, then, that's my own hangup."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 40
    From 1970-1971, she guest-starred twice on The Courtship of Eddie's Father.
    More Details Hide Details She agreed to take part in Satan's Harvest (1970) and Mister Kingstreet's War (1973) -- which were actually shot back-to-back despite the discrepancy in their release dates—for the sole reason that they were being filmed in Africa.
  • 1968
    Age 38
    In 1968, Hedren returned to film as a socialite who helps her boyfriend (played by George Armstrong) catch a killer, in Tiger by the Tail.
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    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 36
    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.).
    More Details Hide Details The studio ultimately released her from her contract after she refused to appear on a television Western for them.
  • 1964
    Age 34
    On September 22, 1964, Hedren married her then-agent Noel Marshall, who later produced three of her films; they divorced in 1982.
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  • 1961
    Age 31
    On October 13, 1961, she received a call from an agent who told her a producer was interested in working with her.
    More Details Hide Details When she was told it was Alfred Hitchcock who, while he was watching The Today Show, saw her in a commercial for a diet drink called Sego, she agreed to sign a seven-year contract. During their first meeting, the two talked about everything except the role he was considering her for. Hedren was convinced for several weeks it was for his television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Hitchcock later said, "I was not primarily concerned with how she looked in person. Most important was her appearance on the screen, and I liked that immediately. She has a touch of that high-style, lady-like quality which was once well-represented in films by actresses like Irene Dunne, Grace Kelly, Claudette Colbert, and others but which is now quite rare." Hitchcock put Hedren through an extensive colour screen test that lasted two days and cost $25,000, doing scenes from his previous films, such as Rebecca, Notorious and To Catch a Thief with actor Martin Balsam. According to Balsam, Hedren was very nervous but studied every line, did every move she was asked to, and tried to do everything right. Hitchcock asked costume designer Edith Head to design clothes for Hedren's private life and he personally advised her about wine and food. He also insisted for publicity purposes that her name should be printed only in single quotes, 'Tippi'. The press mostly ignored this directive from the director, who felt that the single quotes added distinction and mystery to her name.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details I thought everything would be just fine, and it wasn’t. So I thought, well, I don’t type, what shall I do?"
  • TWENTIES
  • 1952
    Age 22
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Age 5
    For much of her career, Hedren's year of birth was misreported as 1935.
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  • 1930
    Age 0
    Born on January 19, 1930.
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