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Birth information

19 January 1930 New Ulm, Minnesota, USA

Given Name

Nathalie Kay Hedren

How tall is Tippi Hedren?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Luis Barrenecha
Noel Marshall
Peter Griffith

Life Story of Tippi Hedren

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...

Significant features of Tippi Hedren

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

How much money has Tippi Hedren earned?

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

Publications and Magazines about Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren Tippi - A Memoir. 2016

Biographical movies about Tippi Hedren

Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren 2002

What movies did Tippi Hedren play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Roar (1981) ,
Actors Filmography
Unforgettable , Something Horrible (2018) George Angell, The Ghost and The Whale (2017) Tippi, Return to Babylon (2013) Mrs. Peabody, Cougar Town (2013) Tippi Hedren, Raising Hope (2012) Nana, Free Samples (2012) Betty, Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012) Naomi Caldwell, Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2011) Queen Hippolyta, Ice Cream Sundae (2011) Lady, Ron Russell's Set the Record Straight (2009) Guest, Tribute (2009) Mrs. Hennessey, The Boneyard Collection (2008) Aunt Gloria, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation...

Birth information

19 January 1930 New Ulm, Minnesota, USA

Given Name

Nathalie Kay Hedren

How tall is Tippi Hedren?

1.63 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Luis Barrenecha
Noel Marshall
Peter Griffith

Life Story of Tippi Hedren

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...

Significant features of Tippi Hedren

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

How much money has Tippi Hedren earned?

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

Publications and Magazines about Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren Tippi - A Memoir. 2016

Biographical movies about Tippi Hedren

Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren 2002

What movies did Tippi Hedren play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Roar (1981) ,
Actors Filmography
Unforgettable , Something Horrible (2018) George Angell, The Ghost and The Whale (2017) Tippi, Return to Babylon (2013) Mrs. Peabody, Cougar Town (2013) Tippi Hedren, Raising Hope (2012) Nana, Free Samples (2012) Betty, Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012) Naomi Caldwell, Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2011) Queen Hippolyta, Ice Cream Sundae (2011) Lady, Ron Russell's Set the Record Straight (2009) Guest, Tribute (2009) Mrs. Hennessey, The Boneyard Collection (2008) Aunt Gloria, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation...

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Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren in Marnie (1964)

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.

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Sean Connery, Diane Baker, and Tippi Hedren in Marnie (1964)

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.

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Director Alfred Hitchcock unsuccessfully pursued a relationship with her during the filming of Marnie (1964).

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Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Tippi Hedren, and Alan Napier in Marnie (1964)

She named one of her housecats after Sean Connery, her co-star in Marnie (1964).

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Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren in Marnie (1964)

Lobbying for passage of Shambala Wild Animal Protection Act.

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Tippi Hedren, Ryan Alosio, and Jaime Bergman in DarkWolf (2003)

Participated in panel at University of Illinois on "Hitchcock, Women and Terror", October 2001.

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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.

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Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 30, 2003.

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Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren in Marnie (1964)

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.

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Tippi Hedren in Die Vögel (1963)

Former mother-in-law of Steven Bauer, Don Johnson and Antonio Banderas.

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Tippi Hedren in Die Vögel (1963)

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.

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Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, and Rod Taylor in Die Vögel (1963)

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.

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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.

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Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor in Die Vögel (1963)

Her performance as Melanie Daniels in The Birds (1963) is ranked #86 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

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British neo-progressive band Landmarq have a song titled "Tippi Hedren" on their 1992 album "Solitary Witness".

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Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Tippi Hedren, and Bob Sweeney in Marnie (1964)

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.

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Tippi Hedren in Marnie (1964)

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).

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Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren in Marnie (1964)

Bridget Fonda, who played her daughter in the straight-to-cable film Nackte Angst (1998), gushed to her about how she had watched Marnie (1964) "a million times".

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Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren, and Alan Napier in Marnie (1964)

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.

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Tippi Hedren in Marnie (1964)

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.

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Tippi Hedren in Marnie (1964)

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.

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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).

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She turned down the starring role in Eye of the Cat (1969) which was later played by Gayle Hunnicutt.

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Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Tippi Hedren, Martin Gabel, and Louise Lorimer in Marnie (1964)

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".

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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)).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Aunt of Robert Hanzlik (b. 1954) via her sister Patty.

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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.

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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.

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Daughter of Bernard (1893-1979) and Dorothea (née Eckhardt) Hedren (1899-1994). Both were born and raised in Minnesota.

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Diane Baker, Tippi Hedren, and Alan Napier in Marnie (1964)

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.

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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.

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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.

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Tippi Hedren in Die Vögel (1963)

She is a Republican. In her 2016 memoir "Tippi", she wrote that President Donald Trump is a celebrity friend.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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