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Overview (3)

Born in New Ulm, Minnesota, USA
Birth NameNathalie Kay Hedren
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tippi Hedren was born Nathalie Kay Hedren in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Dorothea Henrietta (Eckhardt) and Bernard Carl Hedren, who ran a general store. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of German and Norwegian ancestry. Tippi was working as a New York fashion model when she married her first husband, 4-years-younger Peter Griffith, in 1952 (married until 1961). She gave birth to her only child, Melanie Griffith, on August 9, 1957. Alfred Hitchcock discovered Tippi, the pretty cover girl, while viewing a 1962 TV commercial on NBC's Today (1952). He put her under personal contract and cast her in The Birds (1963). In a cover article about the movie in Look magazine (Dec. 4, 1962), Hitchcock praised her; he also told the Associated Press: "Tippi Hedren is really remarkable. She's already reaching the lows and highs of terror". The film earned her both the Golden Globe and Photoplay awards for Most Promising Newcomer. She fulfilled that promise in Hitchcock's next film Marnie (1964), giving the performance of her life as a frigid, habitual thief blackmailed into marrying her boss (Sean Connery). The professional relationship with Hitchcock ended with mutual bitterness and disappointment during shooting. That year, she married her agent, Noel Marshall (married until 1982). Charles Chaplin cast her in a small role in his final film A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), which flopped. Thereafter, Tippi and her husband Marshall collected big cats and other wildlife for the film Roar (1981), which they starred in and produced. The film took 11 years and $17 million to make, but it only made $2 million worldwide. Nevertheless, the film was a turning point in her life; she became actively involved in animal rights, as well as a wide variety of humanitarian and environmental causes. She married her third husband, businessman Luis Barrenecha, in 1985 but divorced him 10 years later. In 2002, she became engaged to veterinarian Martin Dinnes, but they called it off after 6 years and no wedding. Tippi has devoted much time and effort to charitable causes: she is a volunteer International Relief Coordinator for "Food for the Hungry". She has traveled worldwide to set up relief programs following earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war, and has received numerous awards for her efforts, including the Humanitarian Award presented to her by the Baha'i Faith. As for animal causes, she is founder and president of The Roar Foundation. Onscreen, she continues to work frequently in films, theater and TV. She appeared in I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998), finally bringing to the big screen the last screenplay written by the late Edward D. Wood Jr. in 1974 (and featuring Wood regulars Maila Nurmi and Conrad Brooks, just about the only surviving members of Wood's stock company). She also enjoyed playing comedic roles, such as an abortion rights activist in Alexander Payne's satire Citizen Ruth (1996) and slapping Jude Law in I Heart Huckabees (2004). Tippi's contributions to world cinema have been honored with Life Achievement awards in France at The Beauvais Film Festival Cinemalia 1994; in Spain, by The Fundacion Municipal De Cine in 1995; and at the Riverside International Film Festival in 2007. In 1999, Tippi was honored as "Woman of Vision" by Women in Film and Video in Washington, D.C., and received the Presidential Medal for her work in film from Hofstra University. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and 3 grandchildren: Alexander Bauer, Dakota Johnson and Stella Banderas.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kdhaisch@aol.com

Spouse (3)

Luis Barrenecha (15 February 1985 - 1995) ( divorced)
Noel Marshall (27 September 1964 - 19 January 1982) ( divorced)
Peter Griffith (1952 - 1961) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

An unaffected, icy mid-period "Hitchcock blond"
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (56)

At the end of shooting Mister Kingstreet's War (1971), 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.
Gave birth to her only child at age 27, a daughter Melanie Griffith on August 9, 1957. Child's father was her 1st ex-husband, Peter Griffith.
Presides over The Roar Foundation, an animal preserve outside of Los Angeles.
Director Alfred Hitchcock unsuccessfully pursued a relationship with her during the filming of Marnie (1964).
She named one of her housecats after Sean Connery, her co-star in Marnie (1964).
Lobbying for passage of Shambala Wild Animal Protection Act.
Participated in panel at University of Illinois on "Hitchcock, Women and Terror", October 2001.
Her first television commercial was for a cigarette brand in the early 1950s. She learned to smoke for the commercial, because she felt viewers would know if she was faking it. Her smoking habit lasted for 15 years until her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, then 10 years old, came to her after a school health lecture and begged her to stop. In her 2016 memoir, she wrote that her primary reason for quitting was because smoking ages one's physical appearance.
Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 30, 2003.
Alfred Hitchcock saw her in a 1962 commercial aired during the Today (1952) show and cast her in The Birds (1963). In the commercial for a diet drink, she is seen walking down a street and a man whistles at her slim, attractive figure, and she turns her head with an acknowledging smile. In the opening scene of The Birds (1963), the same thing happens as she walks toward the bird shop. This was an inside joke by Hitchcock.
Has 3 grandchildren: Alexander Bauer (b. 1985), Dakota Johnson (b. 1989), and Stella Banderas (b. 1996).
Former mother-in-law of Steven Bauer, Don Johnson and Antonio Banderas.
Operates an exotic animal sanctuary which prompted her testimony in February 2005 in Riverside Superior Court. Hedren 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.
Her store owner father, Bernard Hedren, was of Swedish descent, and her school teacher mother, Dorathea (Eckhardt), was of half German and half Norwegian ancestry.
She met with Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville for the final time in London, England, in 1966, while she was filming Charles Chaplin's last film, A Countess from Hong Kong (1967). 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 performance as Melanie Daniels in The Birds (1963) is ranked #86 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
British neo-progressive band Landmarq have a song titled "Tippi Hedren" on their 1992 album "Solitary Witness".
Attended Suzanne Pleshette's funeral in 2008.
One of her favorite sweet treats is Marnie's red velvet cake, which she named after her character from the film of the same name Marnie (1964). She graciously provided the recipe for this three-layer cake to a website called high-societea.com, which specializes in articles on tea and accompanying treats.
Requested director Alfred Hitchcock to give her the fur coat that she wore in The Birds (1963), and he graciously gave it to her but charged it to the production company. Eventually, she stopped wearing fur after she became an animal rights activist.
Found it touching when Sean Connery, her leading man from Marnie (1964), publicly said that she was underrated while almost everyone in Hollywood was overrated.
Of all her films, Marnie (1964) continues to be her favorite film, because of the complex title character. This is even more telling, considering all the problems that reportedly took place during the filming, which spelled the end of her professional relationship with the film's director Alfred Hitchcock, as well as the mixed critical reception and the indifferent box office results upon the film's release.
In most of her films (and in all of her films before 1982 except Tiger by the Tail (1970), her character's name starts with an M: "Melanie Daniels" in The Birds (1963), "Marnie Edgar" in Marnie (1964), "Martha Mears" in A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), "Marla Oaks" in Satan's Harvest (1970), "Mary Kingstreet" in Mister Kingstreet's War (1971), "Margaret Tenhausen" in The Harrad Experiment (1973), "Madelaine" in Roar (1981), "Marcia Stevens" in Inevitable Grace (1994), "Maylinda Austed" in I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998), "Martha" in The Darklings (1999), "Michelle Labner" in Searching for Haizmann (2003), "Mary" in DarkWolf (2003), "Mary Jane" in I Heart Huckabees (2004), and "Minnie" in Dead Write (2007).
Bridget Fonda, who played her daughter in the straight-to-cable film Break Up (1998), gushed to her about how she had watched Marnie (1964) "a million times".
She was supposed to play the leads in Bedtime Story (1964) (opposite David Niven and Marlon Brando), Mirage (1965) (opposite Gregory Peck and Walter Matthau), and Fahrenheit 451 (1966) (opposite Oskar Werner), but Hitchcock told the directors and producers that she wasn't available to work with them. Shirley Jones, Diane Baker, and Julie Christie eventually played the parts she was considered for.
Actress Sienna Miller portrayed her in the cable movie, The Girl (2012), which dealt with Tippi's three years with Alfred Hitchcock. She told Miller to portray her as strong, since she rejected Hitchcock's advances, even though it meant the end of her career as a leading lady. She said she was happy with Miller's portrayal.
Met President John F. Kennedy once, when he was on vacation, as she was, in the South of France. In her memoir, she claimed that he wanted to spend the night with her, but she declined, since they were both married to other people. Several years later, she was driving to her horse-riding lesson in preparation for her role in Marnie (1964), when she learned about the President's assassination. She said that she was "stunned, and very angry", that the assassination could have happened.
Is a fan of actor Johnny Depp and named one of her house cats after him. Even though, she hasn't met him, her then son-in-law Antonio Banderas acted with him in Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), and her grand daughter Dakota Johnson appeared in two films with him, 21 Jump Street (2012) and Black Mass (2015).
She turned down the starring role in Eye of the Cat (1969) which was later played by Gayle Hunnicutt.
In the biographical movie The Girl (2012), Tippi (played by Sienna Miller) explained to Alfred Hitchcock (played by Toby Jones) that "Tippi" is a nickname for "Tupsa", meaning "little girl" or "sweetheart".
Was directed by 5 Academy Awards winners: Alfred Hitchcock(he won the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award, thus qualifying him as an Academy Award winner); Charles Chaplin, John Schlesinger, Alexander Payne and Billy Bob Thornton(he left her scenes on the cutting room floor in Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012)).
Dropped out of the film House of Good and Evil (2013) at the last minute because of illness. Her part was recast with actress Marietta Marich.
Director Sean Baker considered casting Tippi and her real-life granddaughter Dakota Johnson together in his film Starlet (2012) before deciding on Besedka Johnson and Dree Hemingway.
The media commonly misreported her birth year as 1935 even though she was actually born in 1930. What makes it puzzling is that there was always direct evidence to prove her correct age, since she looked like a twenty-year-old, not a fifteen-year-old in her very first film The Petty Girl (1950) and in 1964, Time magazine accurately reported her age as 34, not 29. After she publicly celebrated her 75th birthday in 2005, since then all the media outlets started accurately reporting her age.
The June 11, 1969, and also Aug. 20, editions of Variety, in its Hollywood Production Pulse column, shows Tippi Hedren starring with Richard Crenna and Robert Conrad in the movie Seven Against Kansas, directed by David Friedkin, which started filming June 10, 1969, in Almeria, Spain. No evidence if the film was ever completed.
Aunt of Robert Hanzlik (b. 1954) via her sister Patty.
She turned down a cameo role in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) that starred her daughter Melanie Griffith, because she had just done a cameo role in another film of Melanie's titled Pacific Heights (1990), and she didn't want to appear in all of her daughter's films, only on special occasion.
Younger sister of Patricia "Patty" Davis (b. 1926), who gave birth to five children of her own. She named one of them Tipper, in honor of Tippi.
Daughter of Bernard (1893-1979) and Dorothea (née Eckhardt) Hedren (1899-1994). Both were born and raised in Minnesota.
In her memoir, she claimed that Marlon Brando wanted to have an affair with her during A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), but she turned him down, since she was married. She wrote that he didn't hold the rejection against her. Many years later, she named one of her house cats after him.
She became friends with writer William Peter Blatty in the early 1970s and named one of her lions Billy after him. He gave her a copy of his unpublished novel "The Exorcist" and she was so absorbed reading it, that she woke up her then-husband, an agent Noel Marshall, in the middle of the night and told him that he should represent Blatty in publishing the novel and the film adaptation. She took the photo of the author for the first edition novel's back jacket. The 1971 novel became a bestseller and Marshall would be credited as 'Executive Producer' for the film adaptation, also titled The Exorcist (1973), where he was supposed to receive 15% of the profits. When the film became a blockbuster, Blatty refused to give the profits, since he never signed the written contract, but only initiated it. Marshall sued and the lawsuit dragged on for several years eventually reaching an out-of-court settlement. These were trying years for Hedren and Marshall since they needed the money to feed the big cats for their film Roar (1981), the financial stress would result in their divorce. Many years later, Blatty ran into Hedren at a party and said Hi. She walked away from him, without acknowledging him.
In her 2016 memoir, she wrote that the executives at Universal wanted to submit her name for Best Actress Oscar for her superb performance in Marnie (1964), but the film's director Alfred Hitchcock blocked it as a retaliatory measure for turning down his sexual advances. The Academy later awarded Hitchcock an honorary Oscar, and over the years, Hedren's costars from Hitchcock's films and screen-test (Sean Connery, Jessica Tandy, Martin Balsam) won Oscars. Yet, the Academy has refused to give Hedren an honorary Oscar, in spite of all her humanitarian work and animal rights activism, suggesting that they remained loyal to Hitchcock, even though he died long ago.
She is a Republican. In her 2016 memoir "Tippi", she wrote that President Donald Trump is a celebrity friend.
Auditioned for the role of Janet Lee Auchincloss (Jacqueline Kennedy's mother) in the biopic Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000). The people in charge of casting said she looked too young. Ironically, the role was given to Frances Fisher who is 22 years YOUNGER than Tippi.
She was engaged to veterinarian Martin Dinnes for a long time. In her 2016 memoir, she wrote that the engagement ended because of the strain caused by their difference of opinion on declawing big cats. He believed in declawing them, while she believed that they shouldn't be declawed. She was upset when she felt that he urged people to dismiss her stand on an issue that she felt passionate about, and he was upset with her that she overreacted. They stopped being a couple.
In her 2016 memoir, she wrote that she lost her sense of smell and taste, as a result of her fainting in a hospital and hitting her head, while still married to her second husband. She said she has to rely on other people's judgment to make sure she's not in any danger.
Many have paid small homages to her over the years. Michael O'Donoghue, one of the writers of the original Saturday Night Live (1975), praised its star Jane Curtin when he said she had "an icy Tippi Hedren quality" about her. An episode of Laverne & Shirley (1976) titled "Night at the Awards" that aired in 1981 has Lenny and Squibby admiring a beautiful blonde and saying to each other, "That's Tippi Hedren." A Louis Vuitton ad campaign in 2006 paid tribute to Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock with a modern-day interpretation of the deserted railway station opening sequence of Marnie (1964). Her 1963 publicity picture from The Birds (1963) was the cover for Jean-Pierre Dufreigne's book Hitchcock Style (2004). Naomi Watts has stated that her character interpretation in Mulholland Drive (2001) was influenced by the look and performances of Hedren and Kim Novak in Hitchcock films. Watts and Hedren later acted in I Heart Huckabees (2004) but didn't share any scenes together onscreen. Off-screen, the film's director David O. Russell introduced them both, and Watts has said about Hedren, "I was pretty fascinated by her then because people have often said that we're alike." She had dressed up as Hedren's title character from Marnie for a photo shoot for March 2008 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. In the same issue, Jodie Foster dressed up as Hedren's character, Melanie Daniels, from The Birds. January Jones said that she "takes it a compliment of sorts" when compared to Grace Kelly and Hedren for her role in Mad Men (2007). Actress Téa Leoni said that her character in the film The Smell of Success (2009) is made up to look like Hedren.
Responding to a fan inquiry, Tippi commented on Facebook in May 2017 that she's still in touch with Sean Connery. In December 2017, in a joint interview with her daughter Melanie, granddaughter Dakota, and Dakota's father Don Johnson, "The Hollywood Reporter" publication asked her who her first celebrity crush was, and she replied, "Sean Connery".
Wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert named their own daughter, Tippi Degre, after her.
Tippi Hedren and Norman Lloyd are the only performers who worked with both British geniuses of the silent era, Alfred Hitchcock and Charles Chaplin.
During her 1975 trip to Hope Village a Vietnamese refugee camp, she met with a group of women who had recently fled the takeover of South Vietnam by the armed forces of Communist leader Ho Chi Minh. In an effort to introduce them to the U.S. workforce, she soon discovered that the women were fascinated by her manicure. Hedren then arranged for her manicurist Dusty Coots Butera, with the help of a local cosmetology school, to teach the group of 20 women the art of the perfect manicure. Once the women were licensed, Hedren would personally scout nail technician openings in salons and secure new jobs for her students. Some of the original 20 women, after graduating, taught the nail trade to other immigrants. This would lead to an explosion in Vietnamese working as nail technicians.
The one special project that's been passed down three generations in her family is J.M. Barrie's play "Mary Rose". She was originally set to star in the film adaptation for director Alfred Hitchcock in 1964, and she was heartbroken that the film was never made, because she and Hitchcock had a falling out. Tippi gave the play to her daughter Melanie Griffith, when she was a child, who also loved it. When Melanie grew up, she too wanted to play the title character with her then-husband Antonio Banderas as director, but after their production Greenmoon productions released flop movies like Crazy in Alabama (1999) and The Body (2001), financing collapsed for the project. As of 2018, Melanie's daughter Dakota Johnson is the right age to play Mary Rose, but the film studios have long ago decided that the project wasn't commercial, so a film with her is also unlikely.
On March 29, 1966, she attended the London premiere of the hit movie Alfie (1966). She sat right next to director Lewis Gilbert when she fainted during the infamous abortion scene.
On 22 March 1982, she joined James Mason for the Royal Film Premiere of Evil Under the Sun (1982) in London where she met Queen Elizabeth II. Clips from the premiere with Tippi can be seen in The Making of Agatha Christie's 'Evil Under the Sun' (1982).

Personal Quotes (14)

[on Alfred Hitchcock] To be the object of somebody's obsession is a really awful feeling when you can't return it.
[on 3/1/05, when asked which is her favorite of the Alfred Hitchcock films she starred in] I think Marnie (1964). They were both so different that it's kind of hard to figure out which, but The Birds (1963) 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.
My advice to anyone contemplating acting as a profession is to be independently wealthy or have another vocation as a backup. [Melanie Griffith] and [Antonio Banderas] are well set, but most actors make a pittance.
For years, directors and producers came up to me and said they'd wanted me for a role, but [Alfred Hitchcock] wouldn't allow it. The worst was when I found out that François Truffaut had wanted to cast me. I'd never heard a word about it. That one hurt.
[on being offered the title role in Marnie (1964) by Alfred Hitchcock] I was stunned. I was amazed that he would offer me this incredible role and that he would have that kind of faith in me . . . I thought Marnie was an extremely interesting role to play and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
[on working with Sean Connery, her leading man in Marnie (1964)] He was just fabulous, a consummate actor with a great sense of humor. He was practicing his golf swing all the time - a rather profound golfer. We honored him on June 8, 2006, at the American Film Institute. They asked me to speak about him, which was great fun. It was one of the most wonderful evenings.
It is interesting because some of the critics who really panned [Marnie (1964)] when it came out see it again and it is like they are reviewing an entirely different movie. I think a lot of it was that all those years ago, people were not aware of how a trauma being inflicted upon a child can affect what happens to them as an adult if it isn't properly dealt with. I think there were multiple reasons why they didn't like it. For some reason, the painted backdrops really bothered people forty years ago - that was a big deal for some reason with the critics. I kept thinking "So what, it's a movie!"
[In 2006, when asked whether she can watch The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964) and separate herself from the experience of making them] I can do that now and it is quite a relief, actually. I can look at it and think "She did a good job!" There were years where I would see things and wish I could do them over but now I can just watch them.
They called and asked what I thought about a remake of The Birds (1963) and I thought: 'Why would you do that? Why?' I mean, can't we find new stories, new things to do?
When you do a love scene with someone in a movie, you have cameras and lights surrounding you. It's not very romantic, especially considering what I was going through. A lot of people have asked me whether or not I had a fling with Sean Connery during the filming of Marnie (1964), and the answer is no. Marnie was so frigid and cold that she screamed when a man came near her. If I had strong feelings for him in real life, it would have shown through my eyes in the film. I was too dedicated to acting. So, no, I don't really know what it's like to kiss Sean Connery.
[2014, on what it's like being a matriarch of an acting dynasty] It's funny that nobody in of all my ancestors was interested in any of the dramatic arts. None of them. It started with me, then my gorgeous daughter Melanie Griffith, and now my granddaughter Dakota Johnson. Now, we are wondering what my other granddaughter Stella Banderas is going to be doing. She's very cerebral. I would be very anxious to see what happens to her.
[on working on the set of The Birds (1963)] One of the ravens was so sweet that Ray [Ray Berwick] wouldn't teach him all the bad things to do, like peck people and dive-bomb. That raven became my buddy. He'd come up and sit in my dressing room on the set, play with my makeup, and throw it on the floor. I'd walk around on the set with him on my shoulders.
[In 2016] My marriages were all good - until they weren't. But I got something good out of each of them. My first husband Peter Griffith was younger than me and I've never understood why I married him but he gave me Melanie Griffith. My second husband Noel Marshall gave me my love of animals. My third husband Luis Barrenechea was everything I wanted in a man, except that he was an alcoholic and that was unbearable. I'd love to have a man in my life and to go on dates but I'll never marry again. I like living alone. I'm vain and I'm also selfish. Who would want that in a woman?
I don't ever deal with age or any particular age, I never have. I don't think I ever will. I try to stay current with what, you know, the latest fashions are, because I think if you get caught in an age where you think you really look good and don't progress any further than that, I think that's very aging, but I really -- I feel just as young as I did when I was, you know, doing the films and whatever. I refuse to acknowledge it, frankly.

Salary (2)

The Birds (1963) $500 per week
Marnie (1964) $600 /per week

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