Nathalie Kay "Tippi" Hedren (born January 19, 1930) is an American actress, animal rights activist, and former fashion model. A successful fashion model who appeared on the front covers of Life and Glamour magazines, among others, Hedren became an actress after she was discovered by director Alfred Hitchcock while appearing on a television commercial in 1961. She received world recognition for her work in two of his films: the suspense-thriller The Birds (1963), for which she won a Golden Globe, and the psychological drama Marnie (1964). She has appeared in over 80 films and television shows, including Charlie Chaplin's final film A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), the political satire Citizen Ruth (1996), and the existential comedy I Heart Huckabees (2004). Among other honors, her contributions to world cinema have been recognized with the Jules Verne Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hedren's strong commitment to animal rescue began in 1969 while she was shooting two films in Africa and was introduced to the plight of African lions. In an attempt to raise awareness for wildlife, she spent over a decade bringing Roar (1981) to the screen. She started her own non-profit organization, the Roar Foundation, in 1983; it supports the Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre (32 ha) wildlife habitat which enables her to continue her work in the care and preservation of lions and tigers. Hedren has also set up relief programs worldwide following earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war. She was also instrumental in the development of Vietnamese-American nail salons.
New Ulm, Minnesota, U.S.
Actress, animal rights activist, fashion model
( m. 1952; div. 1961)
( m. 1964; div. 1982)
( m. 1985; div. 1995)
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Tippi Hedren visit the Wildcat Sanctuary: Though most know Tippi Hedren for her work in Hitchcock films and being mom to actress Melanie Griffith and mother-in-law to Actor Antonio Banderas. Those who love exotic cats know her as founder of Shambala Preserve and the ROAR foundation and president of the American Sanctuary Association. Tippy was able to spend the day at the Wildcat Sanctuary thanks to her road to Hollywood classic film tour stop in Minneapolis. Hedren said, “I am amazed and proud to see how the sanctuary has grown and all that’s been developed since my last visit, especially considering the small budget the sanctuary operates with compared to much larger organizations.
The iconic actress has been appearing in movies and TV shows for over 70 years, and her daughter and granddaughter have kept her acting legacy alive. Tippi Hedren has been a star of the silver screen for decades. Before her career defining role in The Birds, Tippi had her only child Melanie Griffith, 64, who went on to be a massively successful actress herself, and had a daughter Dakota Johnson, 32, who’s also a beloved movie star. It’s no surprise that Melanie and Dakota have gone on to such great careers, with such a great actress to look up to as a mom and grandma. Tippi celebrated her 92nd birthday on Wednesday January 19, and Melanie wrote a touching tribute to honor her mom. “You are so beautiful, tenacious, gracious, elegant and YOU ARE 92!” she wrote on Instagram. Here are five things to know about Tippi!
The legendary actress' daughter Melanie Griffith honored the milestone birthday Wednesday on Instagram with a carousel of photos of her mother from over the years. Among the images are a pair of recent photos showing off Hedren's silly side and two black-and-white pictures from her younger years, including one with a baby Griffith as they stood outside of an airplane.
Tippi Hedren is 92! To celebrate ‘The Birds’ actress’s big day, her daughter Melanie Griffith shared a heartwarming post with new and old photos of Tippi. Melanie Griffith, 64, is spreading the love to her mom Tippi Hedren on her 92nd birthday. Melanie took to Instagram on Wednesday, January 19 to honor The Birds and Marnie actress with a heartfelt tribute that featured several images, some new and some old, of Tippi. While all the photos were taken across decades of Tippi’s life, the iconic actress and animal activist looked gorgeous in each and every shot. She’s truly aged like fine wine!
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The Birds star Tippi Hedren is claiming that Alfred Hitchcock “ruined her career” and that he had “a dark side” as well. “I never wanted to be an actress,” the 91-year-old said to Closer Weekly recently. Known by birth as Nathalie Hedren, she was first spotted by Hitchcock when she was shooting for a 1961 commercial.
When Alfred Hitchock first saw Nathalie Hedren in a 1961 commercial for a diet drink named Sego, he immediately felt the young model could be the next Grace Kelly. The budding starlet, now known as Tippi Hedren, was offered a seven-year contract by the famous director. But despite making her film debut in 1963’s “The Birds,” her relationship with Hitchcock soured.
Tippi Hedren separates Alfred Hitchcock's "dark side" from his talent as a filmmaker. The 91-year-old actress has been open about her experiences working with the famed director, and previously claimed in her memoir that he had sexually assaulted her several times when they worked together on 'The Birds' and 'Marnie'.
Dakota Johnson has learned much from her famous parents and grandparents, including how to stand up to directors who may push her too far. When Johnson decided to follow her parents Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith into the movie business, her grandmother, Tippi Hedren, reminded her to not take "s—" from anybody. Johnson pointed to Alfred Hitchcock's mistreatment of Hedren, saying The Birds director "ruined" Hedren's career and was never held accountable.
Dakota Johnson has a star-studded family, born to actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. Fewer people realize her grandmother is Hollywood royalty Tippi Hedren, known best for her starring turn in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. During a live taping of The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast, Johnson explained why she thinks that Hedren wasn't given even more memorable roles afterwards.
Dakota Johnson has spoken about her grandmother Tippi Hedren’s experiences in Hollywood, and how she believes her career was “ruined” by Alfred Hitchcock. Johnson took part in The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, where she explained that Hedren was “very encouraging” when the time came to pursue her own career, despite the abuse Hedren endured. “She's always been really honest and firm about standing up for yourself. That's what she did,” Johnson said. “[Alfred] Hitchcock ruined her career because she didn't want to sleep with him, and he terrorised her. He was never held accountable.”Hedren, 91, claimed she...