Born Nathalie Kay Hedren on January 19, 1930 (some sources indicate 1935) in New Ulm, Minnesota, actress Tippi Hedren grew up in Minneapolis and gained the nickname Tippi from her Swedish father. As a teenager she began her career as a department store model, and at age 20 Hedren left Minnesota and moved to New York to model for the Eileen Ford agency. Finding considerable success as a print model, she also appeared in a number of television commercials. Hedren married first husband, Peter Griffith, in 1952, and her only child, actress Melanie Griffith, was born in August 1957. Around the time of her divorce from Griffith, she was discovered for films by director Alfred Hitchcock, who in 1961 saw her in a Sego diet drink commercial. The director soon signed her to a seven-year contract and cast her in her first film, The Birds (1963; with Rod Taylor).

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LEFT: Modeling shot from 1953. CENTER: A 1955 ad. CENTER B: With Alfred Hitchcock in 1962. CENTER C: With daughter Melanie Griffith and second husband Noel Marshall at Hedren's 1964 wedding. CENTER D: With Melanie Griffith in 1974, during production of Griffith's first film Night Moves. RIGHT: Early 1990s photo

Hedren had a professional falling out with Hitchcock during the principal production of her second film, Marnie (1964; with Sean Connery and Diane Baker). Hedren begged to be released from her contract, but Hitchcock refused and did not allow her to take any acting roles. However, he had to pay her $600 per week as stipulated in her contract. He finally sold her contract to Universal in late 1965, and the studio released her shortly after the debut of Charlie Chaplin's final directorial effort A Countess from Hong Kong (1967; with Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren). She made only a few other film appearances in the following decade, including Satan's Harvest (1970; with George Montgomery), Tiger by the Tail (1970; with Christopher George), and the sexual revolution-themed The Harrad Experiment (1973; with James Whitmore and Don Johnson).

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The Birds (1963)

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Alfred Hitchcock's terrifying The Birds was Universal's top moneymaker in 1963 and the great director's last big hit film. LEFT: Hedren portrays wayward debutante Melanie Daniels. CENTER A: With Jessica Tandy and Rod Taylor. CENTER B and RIGHT: Promotional photos

Marnie (1964)

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From Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller Marnie. Performing respectably at the box office but savaged by critics upon its July 1964 release, this film has gained critical stature in the last 20 years. LEFT: With Diane Baker and Sean Connery. RIGHT: With Sean Connery

A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)

Tippi Hedren and Sidney Chaplin

From Charlie Chaplin's final directorial effort A Countess from Hong Kong with Sidney Chaplin

The Harrad Experiment (1973)

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Based on Robert H. Rimmer's 1962 novel that was critical of monogamous relationships, The Harrad Experiment was a controversial film upon its 1973 release. LEFT: Hedren as Margaret Tenhausen, wife of Harrad College's dean. RIGHT: With co-star Don Johnson. Incidentally, Hedren was Johnson's mother-in-law for a few months in 1976 and again from 1989 to 1996

Pacific Heights (1990)

Michael Keaton and Tippi Hedren

With Michael Keaton in the 20th Century Fox thriller Pacific Heights

The Birds II: Land's End (1994)

Tippi Hedren

As shopkeeper Helen in the Showtime made-for-television film The Birds II: Land's End. Interestingly, this film was shot in North Carolina

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During the production of her film Mister Kingstreet's War (1971; with John Saxon), Tippi Hedren learned that many of the animals used in the production would likely live out the remainder of their lives neglected, living in small cages. So, in 1972, she established the Shambala Reserve, a 180-acre ranch near Palmdale, California, as a haven for large cats, many of which have been orphaned; are from private individuals who wanted them as pets and can no longer take care of them; or are unwanted animals from zoos and other venues. To bring media exposure to her cause, Hedren, along with husband Noel Marshall, set out to make a film about the welfare of big cats in 1973. Taking seven years to complete, Roar (1981) was a commercial failure, only earning $2 million in its initial release. (The film was not released theatrically in the U.S. at all.) She and Marshall divorced soon after the film's release. Hedren established the Roar Foundation in 1983 to support the Shambala Reserve. In 2006, the Shambala Reserve made headlines when it took in two tigers from Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.

In the late 1980s Hedren returned to acting full time, tackling roles in such films as I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998; with Billy Zane), I Heart Huckabees (2004; with Jude Law), and Her Morbid Desires (2008; with Kevin McCarthy). At age 88, she still, on occasion, tackles a film or television role. Among her three grandchildren is actress Dakota Johnson.

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Cousin Sarah (2011) with Tammin Sursok
Tribute (2009) with Brittany Murphy, Jason Lewis, and Diana Scarwid
Her Morbid Desires (2008) with Robert Loggia, Kevin McCarthy, and William Smith
Dead Write (2007) with Rachel Hunter and Robert Pine
The Boneyard Collection (2006) with Candy Clark, Brad Dourif, and Ken Foree
The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005) with Amy Redford and Mickey Rooney
I Heart Huckabees (2004) with Jason Schwartzman, Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Jude Law, Mark Wahlberg, and Naomi Watts
Mind Rage (2004) with Gina Gallego and Dennis Christopher
Raising Genius (2004) with Justin Long, Wendie Malick, Ed Begley Jr., Danica McKellar, Clint Howard, and Shirley Jones
Icemaker (2003) with Bronson Pinchot, Richard Moll, and Joan Van Ark
Rose's Garden (2003) with Noel Howard
Dark Wolf (2003) with Jaime Bergman
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111 Gramercy Park (2003) with Frank Langella, Peter Strauss, and Joel Grey
Julie and Jack (2003) with Jenn Gotzon
Replacing Dad (1999) with Mary McDonnell
The Darklings (1999) with Suzanne Somers, Timothy Busfield, and Martin Sheen
The Storytellers (1999) with Brad Dourif, Zach Galligan, Craig Wasson, John Bloom, and Ron Jeremy
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) with Billy Zane, Ron Perlman, Christina Ricci, Andrew McCarthy, and Ann Magnuson; written by Edward D. Wood Jr.
Break Up (1998) with Bridget Fonda, Kiefer Sutherland, Hart Bochner, Steven Weber, and Penelope Ann Miller
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Citizen Ruth (1996) with Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary Kay Place, Kelly Preston, Kenneth Mars, David Graf, Kathleen Noone, and Burt Reynolds
Inevitable Grace (1994) with Maxwell Caulfield, Jennifer Nicholson, Samantha Eggar, Jaid Barrymore, Sandra Knight, and Andrea King
Treacherous Beauties (1994) with Emma Samms, Bruce Greenwood, and Catherine Oxenberg
The Birds II: Land's End (1994) with Brad Johnson, Chelsea Field, and James Naughton
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Shadow of a Doubt (1991) with Mark Harmon, Rick Lenz, Diane Ladd, and Shirley Knight
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The Harrad Experiment (1973) with James Whitmore, Don Johnson, and Bruno Kirby
Mister Kingstreet's War (1971) with John Saxon and Rossano Brazzi
Satan's Harvest (1970) with George Montgomery and Matt Monro
Tiger by the Tail (1970) with Christopher George, Dean Jagger, Glenda Farrell, Lloyd Bochner, and R.G. Armstrong
The Man and the Albatross (1969) with Suzanna Leigh
A Countess from Hong Kong (1967) with Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Sydney Chaplin, and Margaret Rutherford
Marnie (1964) with Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel, Alan Napier, Mariette Hartley, and Bruce Dern
The Birds (1963) with Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Veronica Cartwright

Invasion America, 1998 WB Network animated TV series. Hedren voiced the character Mrs. McAllister

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