Jan. 19th, 1930
New Ulm, Minnesota, USA
Tippi Hedren's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Hedren owes her acting career to Alfred Hitchcock (I) who discovered the blonde model doing a commercial on the "Today" (1952) show. He cast her in The Birds (1963) and then Marnie (1964). She followed the Grace Kelly (I) mold for playing frigid females with a vulnerable core.
- 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv) saw her in a 1962 commercial aired during the _"Today" (1952)_ (qv) show and cast her in _The Birds (1963)_ (qv). 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)_ (qv), the same thing happens as she walks toward the bird shop. This was an inside joke by Hitchcock.
- Ex-stepmother of 'Tracy Griffith (I)' (qv).
- She met with 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv) and his wife 'Alma Reville' (qv) for the final time in London, England, in 1966, while she was filming 'Charles Chaplin' (qv)'s last film, _A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)_ (qv). 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.
- Has a sister named Patty Davis.
- 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' (qv), then 10 years old, came to her after a school health lecture and begged her to stop.
- Presides over The Roar Foundation, an animal preserve outside of Los Angeles.
- Lobbying for passage of Shambala Wild Animal Protection Act.
- Participated in panel at University of Illinois on "Hitchcock, Women and Terror, " October 2001.