Tippi Hedren

American actress and animal welfare activist Tippi Hedren

Nathalie Kay "Tippi" Hedren is an American actress and former fashion model. She is primarily known for her roles in two Alfred Hitchcock films, The Birds and Marnie (in which she played the title role), and her extensive efforts in animal rescue at Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre (320,000 m) wildlife habitat which she founded in 1983. Hedren is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith, with whom she shares credits on several productions, notably Pacific Heights (1990).
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Three Generations Of Actresses On How Ageism Affects Women In Hollywood
NPR - 3 months
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actresses Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson about how the opportunities for women in Hollywood have changed over the generations.
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Stand by Your Dying Man: Leslie Jordan Relives the Early Days of AIDS
Huffington Post - 9 months
I am standing in the lobby of the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta waiting for the iconic Leslie Jordan to come meet with me. In my hands, there is a bouquet of beautiful flowers that I bought to celebrate his visit to the Peach State and show thanks for his decision to accept my request for an interview. My nerves are all aflutter because I am about to speak with a very funny man about something very sad, so I order French fries from the bartender to calm my stomach and manage not to anoint myself in grease or ketchup. The carb overload does not soften my edginess. I worry that my floral gesture is inadequate; my friend’s suggestion that I procure a Tammy Wynette bobble head doll seemed much more perfect, but such a creature could not be found anywhere for purchase on the internet. I am also nervous because there is already a familiarity and intimacy with Leslie Jordan present in my mind and there is a chance I may be too forward, but I take solace in the fact that the rich, long vow...
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When Will We Let Sienna Miller Graduate From Playing Wives Stuck At Home?
Huffington Post - 11 months
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Tippi Hedren on Doris Day, Les Brown and 'Sentimental Journey'
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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 meet...
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Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir
Reuters.com - over 1 year
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 2 years
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:     -- Thi...
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Lost Scenes From <i>A Charlie Brown Christmas</i>
Huffington Post - about 2 years
- 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 2 years
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 c...
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Two very different tales about fingernails
Houston Chronicle - almost 3 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 3 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 i...
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Fashion Kills!
Huffington Post - about 4 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 Da...
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Large Appliance Attacks on Directors: Michael Bay Just the Latest
Huffington Post - over 4 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 spora...
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Actress Tippi Hedren reveals her award-winning off-camera role post-Vietnam War
Fox News - over 4 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 4 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 glid...
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 86
    She also wrote her second book titled Tippi: A Memoir that is scheduled to be released in November, 2016.
  • 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.
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    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".
  • 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.
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    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.
  • 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.
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  • 2008
    Age 78
    In September 2008, Hedren told The Sunday Times "I’m waiting for someone to sweep me off my feet.”
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    Watts dressed up as Hedren's title character from Marnie for a photo shoot for March 2008 issue of Vanity Fair.
  • 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.
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    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).
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  • 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.
  • 2002
    Age 72
    Hedren was engaged to veterinarian Martin Dinnes from 2002 until their breakup in mid-2008.
  • 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.
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  • 1996
    Age 66
    In 1996, she played an abortion rights activist in Alexander Payne's political satire Citizen Ruth with Laura Dern.
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  • 1994
    Age 64
    From 1994 to 1996, Hedren had a guest-starring role in Dream On.
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    In 1994, Hedren lamented that, "People think that I'm no longer interested in acting and only interested in working with the animals.
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  • 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.
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  • 1985
    Age 55
    In 1985, she married steel manufacturer Luis Barrenechea, but they divorced in 1995.
    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.
  • 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.
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 52
    Hedren ended her marriage to Marshall a year later in 1982.
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    In 1982, she co-starred with Leslie Nielsen in Foxfire Light.
  • 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."
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  • FORTIES
  • 1978
    Age 48
    In 1978, a big flood destroyed the movie sets and killed three of the lions.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 40
    From 1970-1971, she guest-starred twice on The Courtship of Eddie's Father.
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  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.).
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Age 5
    For much of her career, Hedren's year of birth was misreported as 1935.
  • 1930
    Age 0
    Born on January 19, 1930.
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