A Memoir

Large Print - 2016
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"In this absorbing and surprising memoir, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood--the star of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Marnie--tells her story, including never-before-revealed experiences on the set of some of the biggest cult films of all time,"--Amazon.com.
For decades, Tippi Hedren's luminous beauty enchanted moviegoers and cemented her among Hollywood's elite. From Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds to Roar, one of the most controversial movies ever made, Tippi Hedren has had few dull moments, and though stories about her have spread through gossip and tabloid headlines, she has never told the full tale of her astonishing life until now. Here, she details her rise from humble beginnings in Depression-era small-town Minnesota to becoming the matriarch of a Hollywood dynasty that includes her daughter, Melanie Griffith and her granddaughter Dakota Johnson. This extraordinary career started with a chance meeting that led to her early modeling career--first in department-store fashion shows, then working with Eileen Ford--and eventually to the commercial that caught the eye of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. For the first time, Tippi shares the entire story of her complicated relationship with Hitchcock, the man who discovered her talent but also became her obsessive tormentor. Going behind the scenes of The Birds and Marnie, Tippi details the glamourous whirlwind that brought her to Hollywood as well as the dark pain she endured while working with Hitchcock, whose controlling behavior and attention quickly proved inescapable. Speaking candidly about being a single mother and shielding her daughter from her struggles on and off of Hitchcock's set, Tippi provides deep insight into the most challenging years of her life and demonstrates how, despite Hitchcock's threats to ruin her career, her uncompromising spirit finally gave her the courage to break free. Difficult as those experiences were, they nearly paled in comparison to her time on the set of Roar--a film starring dozens of live lions and tigers. Including details about the unbelievable making of the movie, Tippi describes how what began as a simple movie about big cats evolved into a sprawling, dangerous endeavor that consumed her career and often put lives, including hers and her family's, at risk. Tippi offers a clear-eyed and surprising look at the perilous chances they took, while also recounting how these events led to years of animal-rights activism, culminating in the creation of her very own big-cats preserve, Shambala. And yet, through it all, Tippi shows how her career and life have continued to embody her unwavering devotion--to her daughter, Melanie; to her animal-rights activism; to her humanitarian relief work overseas; and to her art. This is a fascinating portrait of an actress whose skill onscreen was matched only by her strength off it. --Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, HarperLuxe,, [2016]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
ISBN: 9780062495853
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT BIO HEDREN T. Hedren 12/2016
Characteristics: 366 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,24 cm
large print, rda
Additional Contributors: Harrison, Lindsay - Author


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Oct 12, 2018

"Tippi" Hedren's real name is Nathalie Kay Hedren. She is a fashion-model-turned-actress.

Hedren was "discovered" by famed film-maker, Alfred Hitchcock, who starred her in 2 of his films.

In this memoir "Tippi" tells her life story which certainly has both its ups and downs.

Sep 25, 2018

You know, it almost seems like a natural impulse when one sits down to read Tippi Hedren's memoirs, that they are first, and foremost, going to be wanting to check out the chapters where she (as a naive, young actress) was dealing directly with famed filmmaker, Alfred Hitchcock.

'Cause, believe me, if Hedren's face-to-face encounters with Hitchcock don't alter (even slightly) your overall opinion of said director, then you must be even more blase and jaded about matters like harassment than you had originally thought.

All-in-all - Hedren's biography is certainly well-worth a read. It is definitely written with plenty of insight and intelligence. And many of the chapters that have nothing to do with Hitchcock are interesting enough in their own right.

This book also includes a 16-page photo gallery, too.

Jan 15, 2017

This is a very enjoyable read, she is a remarkable woman, very strong and creative and resourceful. Highly recommend this autobiography, I feel like she left a lot out and would like to know more.


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