When Grace Kelly retires from films to marry Prince Rainier Alfred Hitchcock looks for a similar blonde and finds her in TV model,the little known Tippi Hedren,who will star in his film adaptation of horror story 'The Birds'. Hitchcock is obsessed with Tippi sexually and,when she rebuffs his advances,sadistically puts her through five days of filming where she is attacked and injured by real birds. Hitchcock's wife Alma and his assistant Peggy are appalled but can do nothing. Tippi is resolved that she will not give in to Hitchcock despite the situation giving her nightmares. Hitchcock and Tippi make a second film,'Marnie'. Having admitted that Alma is the only woman he has ever had sex with and that he now finds her cold Hitchcock continues to pursue Tippi, bombarding her with phone calls declaring his love for her yet reminding her that he alone made her famous and she owes him. At this stage Tippi demands that her contract be terminated and an end title states that they never ...
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He made her his star. And his darkest obsession.
Did You Know?
Both Sean Connery and Louise Latham, who respectively played Tippi Hedren's husband and mother in the final, repeatedly told interviewers that they had seen nothing untoward in Alfred Hitchcock's behavior towards Hedren during shooting. See more
In one scene, Hitchcock and the screenwriter of 'Marnie' conduct a conversation in the back of a car en route to the studio. In external shots, the car is seen driving on the right (on temporarily closed roads) but in internal shots the car is driving on the left. The film was made in South Africa, where cars drive on the left. See more
[Evan Hunter, writer of the screenplay for The Birds, disagrees with Hitchcock about the casting of Tippi Hedren
A seven-year contract?
Her inexperience is an asset. She has nothing to un-learn. Also she's unattached so she won't get pregnant. I do *hate* it when actresses get pregnant.
I thought you were kidding.
As is well-known, I have no sense of humor whatsoever.
References The Birds
Tristan And Isolde: Act I Prelude
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Daniel Barenboim
(as Daniel Baranboim) See more