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Tippi Audiobook

Tippi: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Sharon GLEN ELLEN, CA, United States 12-15-16
    Sharon GLEN ELLEN, CA, United States 12-15-16 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "You've got to love lions!"

    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.

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    Terri Presley 11-08-16
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    "Such a classy lady! She has had a very interesting life! Loved it!"

    I could not stop listening to it and Tippi is such a class act. Just awesome!

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    Joanne 06-13-17
    Joanne 06-13-17 Member Since 2017

    I like romance and drama. I also enjoy biographies of interesting people such as Mary Kay Ash or Barbara Walters. & Health for over 60

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    "I enjoyed hearing about Ms. Hedren's life."
    What did you love best about Tippi?

    I loved Tippi's honestly and guts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Tippi.


    What does Tippi Hedren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I did not know how she got involved with raising Tigers and now I know why


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too much going on. Made the adrenaline rush.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Book, beautifully narrated by Tippi.

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    LWC 05-05-17
    LWC 05-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Tippi?

    Her brutal honesty in regards to the treatment she received from Hitchcock


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tippi?

    When she and her daughter Melanie had to get 5 lion cubs over the fence.


    What does Tippi Hedren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice, it is her story


    Any additional comments?

    Tippy has had an amazing life. What she treasures most is her family and the animals.

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    A. Ackerman Boston 01-14-17
    A. Ackerman Boston 01-14-17 Member Since 2015

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    "entertaining"

    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.

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    Lori 01-08-17
    Lori 01-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    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.

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    judy 12-24-16
    judy 12-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Dear Tippy"

    She was as I new she would be WONDERFUL & her pets are blessed Hope she lives a long and happy life Judy Brescia

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    joy 12-14-16
    joy 12-14-16
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    "Very enjoyable read"

    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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