Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren


1/19/1935, New Ulm, Minnesota (USA)

Birth Name

Nathalie Kay Hedren



Also Known As

'Tippi' Hedren
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From working for (Best Director) Hitchcock, to a movie written by (Worst Director) Ed Wood: Tippi Hedren, the Minnesota girl of Scandinavian descent, has had a fabulous career. Tippi was working as a New York fashion model when she married her first husband, Peter Griffith, in 1952 (married…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • A stylish 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.

    • She took in and cared for Togare, 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.

    • During the production of Roar, both Hedren and her husband at the time, Noel Marshall, were attacked by lions.

    • She made 40 films between 1967 and 2005.

    • She met with Hitchcock and his wife Alma for the final time in London, England in 1966 while she was filming Charlie Chaplin's last film, A Countess from Hong Kong. They took her to tea at Claridge's. The atmosphere was tense, because she knew Hitchcock was upset that she had been cast in what was expected to be a big film, and he was unable to hide his bitterness.

    • Her store owner father, Bernard, was Swedish and her school teacher mother, Dorathea, was German-Norwegian.

    • Alfred Hitchcock spotted her in a diet drink commercial on the Today show, and cast her in The Birds. While filming, she was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots.

    • She smoked for 15 years, but quit when her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, then 10 years old, came to her after a school health lecture and begged her to stop.

    • She participated in a panel at the University of Illinois on "Hitchcock, Women and Terror" in October 2001.

    • She named one of her housecats after Sean Connery, her co-star in Marnie.

    • Alfred Hitchcock unsuccessfully pursued a relationship with her during the filming of The Birds.

    • At the end of shooting Mister Kingstreet's War, she discovered that the big cats used in the production had no place to go and would likely languish in small cages. This prompted her to obtain a parcel of land on her own to establish a home with a natural setting for retired big cats. She named it Shambala and it exists to this day.

    • She is 5' 5" (1.65 m) in height.

    • 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."

    • During the filming of the last attack scene in The Birds, she became exhausted to the point of sitting down on the middle of the set and crying. A week's rest was ordered by a doctor at that time of completing the film.

    • There is some dispute over her year of birth, sometimes given as 1928, 1930, 1931, or 1935. Nathalie Hedren was recorded as a newborn in the 1930 Federal Census. She also celebrated her 75th birthday in January 2005.

    • She has been married four times. She was married to Peter Griffith (1952-1961), Noel Marshall (1964-1982), Luis Barrenecha (1985-1995), and Martin Dinnes (2002 - present).

    • Her performance as Melanie Daniels in The Birds earnt her $500 per week.

    • Her performance as Melanie Daniels in The Birds is ranked #86 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

    • She has a sister named Patty Davis.

    • She is good friends with Linda Blair.

    • She is the Ex-stepmother of Tracy Griffith.

    • She operates an exotic animal sanctuary which prompted her testimony in February 2005 in Riverside Superior Court. She made a complaint regarding animal cruelty by a tiger rescuer and was told by U.S. Department of Agriculture that there were not enough inspectors to respond to her complaint. She eventually made room for a lion rather than have it go to the rescuer. She stated she felt like she was walking through a trash dump.

    • She is the mother-in-law of Antonio Banderas. She is the former mother-in-law of Don Johnson and Steven Bauer.

    • She is the grandmother of Alexander Bauer, Dakota Johnson, and Stella Banderas.

    • On 30 January 2003, she received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    • She is a vegetarian.

    • She is left-handed.

    • She is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith.

  • Quotes

    • Tippi: I love birds. No, I like 'em. I do. I hate to tell you that. It spoils the whole story.

    • Tippi: I kinda go for the Jane Eyre type of film. I am fascinated by classics.

    • Tippi: I didn't think any amount of money was worth something that would take away what you believed in or what you stood for. I didn't want to do something my parents and daughter couldn't be proud of.

    • Tippi: I've always had a fascination for animals. I loved watching them, and even then I thought of them as beings rather than pets. I call it a birth affect.

    • Tippi: My light shines when things get really tough.

    • Tippi: I would love to work with Ron Howard. I think he is brilliant. I love the stories that he chooses. They're always very personal and intense. He loves a lot of emotion, and he's so well equipped to pull all of that out of the actors. I really love that kind of thing and I think that's what movies should be about.

    • Tippi: There aren't any options for these animals. You can't release them in the wild. It's either a sanctuary or death. That's why places like Bobbi's are important, because it's like an orphanage or a retirement home.

    • Tippi: It's not for anyone who is faint of heart. It's a monumental effort to keep these animals.

    • Tippi: I'm supposed to scream if a man comes near me. And you've chosen Sean Connery, who could melt the heart of the coldest woman on earth.

    • Tippi: Hitch was all about the chase with his blondes. I don't think he ever wanted to, how will I say? culminate the chase.

    • Tippi: I'm a loner.

    • Tippi: The female characters that Hitch would choose, he would take these women and try to tear them down, with basically the man's control. She would not want to give in, and he would insist upon it.

    • Tippi: It quickly became obvious to us that not only the animals in the wild had a problem, but so did the animals in captivity.

    • Tippi: I think Marnie. They were both so different that it's kind of hard to figure out which, but The Birds was sort of a chase. All of the Hitchcock films have a mystery to them and that sort of thing, but the personality of Marnie was so intriguing. She was really - poor Marnie. On March 1, 2005, she was asked which is her favorite Alfred Hitchcock film that she starred in.

    • Tippi: My advice to anyone contemplating acting as a profession is to be independently wealthy or have another vocation as a backup. Melanie and Antonio are well set, but most actors make a pittance.

    • Tippi: To be the object of somebody's obsession is a really awful feeling when you can't return it.