Tippi Hedren


Born: 19 January 1930
Birthplace: New Ulm, Minnesota
Best known as: The blonde in The Birds

Name at birth: Nathalie Hedren

Tippi Hedren is best known for her roles in two Alfred Hitchcock films: The Birds (1963) and the psychological thriller Marnie (1964). She is sometimes classified as one of Hitchcock's "icy blondes," a sobriquet she shares with Grace Kelly and Kim Novak among others. Her post-Hitchcock films include A Countess from Hong Kong (1967, the last film directed by Charlie Chaplin), The Harrad Experiment (with future son-in-law Don Johnson) and the offbeat comedy I Heart Huckabees (2004, in a small supporting role). Tippi Hedren is a strong animal rights advocate and founder of the Shambala Preserve, a California home for retired animal performers. Her daughter is the actress Melanie Griffith.

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Tippi Hedren was born in New Ulm, Minnesota; in the 1988 film Stormy Monday, Melanie Griffith’s character identifies New Ulm as her hometown.

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