Biography and 10 best films…Tippi Hedren



Who Is Tippi Hedren ?

Tippi Hedren began a modeling career that took her to New York and Los Angeles. Her role in a television commercial caught the eye of famed director Alfred Hitchcock, who gave her the lead in his films The Birds and Marnie. While continuing her work in TV and film, Hedren founded the Shambala Preserve in Southern California in the early 1970s as a sanctuary for rescued exotic cats, before launching the Roar Foundation to continue her work with animals. Hedren has been married three times and is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith.

Early Life

Nathalie Kay Hedren was born on January 19, 1930, in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her father, who ran a general store in the nearby town of Lafayette, gave his daughter the nickname “Tippi” — Swedish for “little girl” — when she was a baby. While she was still a young girl, Hedren’s good looks helped launch her career as a model, and during high school she appeared in local advertisements and fashion shows. By her junior year, her father’s failing health prompted the family to leave Minnesota for the more temperate climate of Southern California.


They settled in San Diego, where Hedren finished her secondary education at Huntington Park High School. Following her graduation, Hedren began to study art at Pasadena City College. That same year, she also landed her first film job, with a bit part in The Petty Girl. But despite these budding interests, Hedren remained intent on a career in modeling, and in 1951, she left California for New York City.

Modeling and First Marriage

Success came quickly for the attractive Hedren, who was soon gracing fashion magazine covers. She also found love soon after her arrival, marrying a young actor named Peter Griffith in 1952. His career fizzled after a few appearances on Broadway, but the same would not be true for his wife and their daughter, future actress Melanie Griffith, who was born in 1957. After their divorce in 1960, Hedren returned to California with Melanie, poised for a major breakthrough.

Hitchcock Films and Troubles

‘The Birds’

Settling in the Los Angeles area, Hedren found work acting in television commercials. In late 1961, her ad for a diet drink was aired during an episode of The Today Show and caught the eye of Alfred Hitchcock. The famed British director was so taken with Hedren that he quickly signed her to a seven-year contract and gave her the lead role in his 1963 classic The Birds. A popular and critical smash, the film propelled Hedren to stardom and won her a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer.


Personal Life

In 1985 Hedren married for a third time, to steel manufacturer Luis Barrenechea, before their divorce in 1995. She then became engaged to veterinarian Martin Dinnes in 2002, but their relationship ended in 2008. Hedren now lives in a house built on the Shambala Preserve so she can be close to her beloved animals.

Hedren received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003. She published Tippi: A Memoir in 2016.

Along with her daughter, Hedren has seen her granddaughter Dakota Johnson forge a notable career as an actress.


10 .The Birds II: Land’s End

Tippi Hedren, James Naughton

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

The Birds II: Land’s End is the 1994 television movie sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds. It stars Brad Johnson, Chelsea Field, James Naughton, and Tippi Hedren, in a role..
9.The Harrad Experiment

Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson

Released: 1973

Directed by: Steven Hilliard Stern, Ted Post

The Harrad Experiment is a film about a fictional school called Harrad College where the students learn about sexuality and experiment with each other. Based on the 1962 book of the same name by..

8. A Countess from Hong Kong

Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren

Released: 1967

Directed by: Charlie Chaplin

A Countess from Hong Kong is a 1967 British comedy film and the last film directed, written, produced and scored by Charlie Chaplin. It was one of two films Chaplin directed in which he did..

7.I Heart Huckabees

Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher

Released: 2004

Directed by: David O. Russell

I ♥ Huckabees is a 2004 American philosophical comedy film from Fox Searchlight. It was produced and directed by David O. Russell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Baena. The..

6.Return to Babylon

Jennifer Tilly, Tippi Hedren

Released: 2013

Directed by: Alex Monty Canawati

Return to Babylon is a black-and-white silent film about the silent movie era. It was directed by Alex Monty Canawati. It stars an ensemble cast of Jennifer Tilly, María Conchita Alonso, Ione..


Melanie Griffith, Tippi Hedren

Released: 1981

Directed by: Noel Marshall

Roar is a film starring real life married couple, Tippi Hedren and Noel Marshall. In addition to starring in the film, Marshall also directed and wrote the film, producing it together with..

4.Citizen Ruth

Burt Reynolds, Kelly Preston

Released: 1996

Directed by: Alexander Payne

Citizen Ruth is a 1996 comedy film written by Jim Taylor and Alexander Payne. The film is the directorial debut of Payne. It stars Laura Dern in the title role of a poor, irresponsible and…

3.Pacific Heights

Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith

Released: 1990

Directed by: John Schlesinger

Pacific Heights is a 1990 psychological thriller film directed by John Schlesinger, written by Daniel Pyne, and starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, and Michael Keaton. Griffith’s real-…

2.The Birds

Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

Released: 1963

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story “The Birds” by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is,…

1.Marnie. 1964

Sean Connery, Alfred Hitchcock

Released: 1964

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Marnie is a 1964 psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Jay Presson Allen was based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Winston Graham. The film stars Tippi Hedren.
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