Tippi Hedren’s Troubled Relationship with Alfred Hitchcock Portrayed in the HBO Film ‘The Girl’

alfred-hitchcock-tippi-hedrenWith the current biggest tabloid story about a director having an extramarital affair with a young Hollywood actress (to which Tom Cruise breathes a sigh of relief for taking the spotlight off his issues), it’s important to note that such behavior isn’t totally unheard of in the long histroy of Hollywood. 

Take Tippi Hedren for example, who put up with some very uncomfortable advances from master director Alfred Hitchcock during the productions of The Birds and Marnie, which Hitchcock directed and starred Hedren.

Hedren, now 82, is now watching those events play out in HBO’s The Girl, which stars Sienna Miller as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock.  Of the director, she recalls moments of “delight and joy” working with the director, though Hitchcock made no effort to reign in his advances.  She says, “I think he was an extremely sad character.  We are dealing with a brain here that was an unusual genius, and evil, and deviant, almost to the point of dangerous, because of the effect that he could have on people that were totally unsuspecting.”

Unfortunately, Hedren’s career took a major hit because she refused to work with Hitchcock again after Marnie — and since was under contract Hitchcock refused to let her work for anyone else because she refused his advances.  On that, Hedren points out, “He ruined my career but he didn’t ruin my life.  If this had happened today I would be a very rich woman.”

Hedren was able to show the completed film, which is based on the book Spellbound by Beauty, to her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith.   Hedren says that after she saw the film and what her mother had to deal with, her daughter “jumped up and said, ‘Now I have to go back into therapy.'”

Hedren has worked steadily in film, even if she never starred in a movie as popular or acclaimed as her two with Hitchcock.  As for Miller, who plays Hedren, she is obviously thankful that she hasn’t had the same experience with her directors, adding “I think it’s a very different world for women in film today than it was for women then.”

via Yahoo!

2 Comments

  1. Jimi Brix via Facebook

    August 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Why?

  2. Daily Actor via Facebook

    August 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I have no idea why, but that your comment made me laugh

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Helen-Mirren-The-Audience.jpg
Helen Mirren on Reprising her Role as Elizabeth II in ‘The Audience': “I was determined not to do it”
"When I took my bow at the end, they were not applauding me. They were applauding the queen." - Helen Mirren
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Christian-Bale-Knight-of-Cups.jpg
Christian Bale on Not Having a Script for ‘Knight of Cups': “I never had any lines to learn”
"I never knew what I was going to be doing each day" - Christian Bale on working with Terrence Malick in 'Knights of Cups'
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Larry-David.jpg
Larry David on Who he Wanted to Star in his Broadway Play ‘Fish in the Dark': “Anybody but me”
“It’s one of the reasons I didn’t like acting. I don’t like not being able to interject” – Larry David on acting with a script   Who doesn’t like Larry David? Well, to be honest, Larry David probably doesn’t like Larry David. In fact, David didn’t even want to cast himself in the lead of […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Helen-Mirren-The-Queen.jpg
Helen Mirren on Winning an Oscar: “It’s an indescribable moment”
"It’s hard to say, because you don’t know what would have happened if you hadn’t won" - Helen Mirren When Asked If Winning an Oscar Changed Her Career
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/anna-chlumsky-james-earl-jones.jpg
Anna Chlumsky on Her Broadway Debut: “For me, it was an opportunity to go in the direction that I hadn’t played in a while”
"I think my personality lends itself to ensembles" - Anna Chlumsky