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 sets of some of the biggest cult films of all time.
For decades Tippi Hedren's luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood's elite - beauty and star power that continue to endure. For too long Hedren's story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend as one of the most famous Hitchcock girls, as an unwavering animal activist, and as the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie star daughter Melanie Griffith and rising star Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter.
For the first time, Hedren digs deep into her complicated relationship with the man who discovered her talent, director Alfred Hitchcock, the benefactor who would become a repulsive and controlling director who contractually controlled her every move. She speaks openly about the dark pain she endured working with him on their most famous collaborations, The Birds and Marnie, and finding the courage she needed to break away.
Hedren's incandescent spirit shines through as she talks about working with the great Charlie Chaplin, sharing the screen with some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood, her experiences on some of the most intriguing and troubling film sets - including filming Roar, one of the most dangerous movies ever made - and the struggles of being a single mother balancing her dedication to her work and her devotion to her daughter and her commitment to helping animals.
Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman's remarkable life no celebrity aficionado can miss.
©2016 Tippi Hedren (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I am a lifelong lover of books. I got my degree in English & worked in the publishing business for many years. Now I work with wildlife.
I remember when Tippi Hedren, a total unknown, was selected to be the leading lady in Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS. It caused quite a stir. I also knew that she had some sort of a big cat sanctuary here in California. As a person who works with and advocates for wildlife, I have to admit that I was more interested in learning about the big cats, than I was in anything else, but the whole book was very interesting.
Ms. Hedren narrates the book. She is now 86. I worried a bit about that, but didn't need to. Her narration is fine, and I'm sure adds to the story. I admire anyone who is her age not only writing a book but narrating it as well.
Tippi is totally enjoyable. Ms. Hedren is a real survivor. She has lived quite a life, survived many setbacks, and always bounced back for more. She comes across as very independent. Her work with big cats and other wildlife has been admirable and we in the wildlife community support it.
Good for her for writing this book and sharing her very interesting story.
I could not stop listening to it and Tippi is such a class act. Just awesome!
Loved the history of Tippy's early career and rise to stardom. while her life raising lions was very interesting, I felt too much of the book was dedicated to describing the shooting and making of the movie with all her cats. Tippy is a brave humanitarian and I enjoyed listening to her story.
Tippi's life has been fascinating indeed. It is a delight to hear her story in her voice. She has a sweet, gracious nature. Knowing her passions, it is understandable that over half this book was dedicated to the making of Roar and her precious wildcats. Readers beware as this may not be what you are expecting.
Tippi has had a fascinating life. At times I couldn't believe she would put her daughter at such risk living with the big cats. It's evident she loves her animals and is completely devoted to their welfare. That is so admirable. And her love for her daughter and grandchildren is beautiful. I especially love her attitude of "I'm not doing that anymore" and she sticks to her guns. I can't wait to see "Roar". I ordered the DVD after reading about the making of the movie.
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