Tippi: A Memoir
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Tippi: A Memoir


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 set 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.

Filled with sixteen pages of beautiful photos, Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman’s remarkable life no celebrity aficionado can miss.

Title:Tippi: A Memoir
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:288 pages

    Tippi: A Memoir Reviews

  • Wendy Darling
    Nov 08, 2016

    I don't read many celebrity memoirs, for two reasons: 1. It's hard for most people, famous or not, to examine their lives with an appropriate degree of self-awareness and context and 2. many celebriti...

  • Barbara
    Jan 16, 2017

    Tippi Hedren grew up in a loving family in Minnesota and was always encouraged to follow her dreams. Tippi - a pretty, green-eyed blonde of Scandinavian descent - became a fashion model in her teens, ...

  • Charis
    Oct 19, 2016

    Tippi is a memoir written by Tippi Hedren, the famous actress from Hitchcock’s The Birds. This was about all I knew about her except for an article I read a year or two ago about how she helped a gr...

  • Elaine
    Nov 18, 2016

    I am fortunate to have won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! I enjoyed reading it and my mom will enjoy it next, then we will put it in the public library we both work at. This copy will get much use...

  • Kerry Hennigan
    Dec 29, 2016

    Tippi Hedren’s memoir ‘Tippi’ is honest and engaging – the true story of a model turned Hollywood star who went on to become a champion for the welfare of big cats born in captivity.Hers is a ...

  • Janet
    Dec 26, 2016

    I loved Tippi's reminiscing about her movie experiences, though she spent too much time on the making of Roar....

  • Lindsey
    Dec 11, 2016

    Prior to reading this memoir, the strongest opinion I had about Tippi Hedren was that I liked her in the Birds. Also, I knew she was Melanie Griffith's mother. After reading this memoir, I have so man...

  • Wesley Britton
    Oct 27, 2016

    Back in Feb. 2012, I had the opportunity to interview actress, humanitarian, and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren for online radio’s “Dave White Presents.” At the time, she was touting The Gi...

  • Susan
    Jan 20, 2017

    Tippi Hedren is known to most as either that cat sanctuary lady or that actress that did those Hitchcock films. I first noticed her for her film Roar which involved many of those big cats she and her ...

  • Lisa
    Nov 03, 2016

    I've only seen one movie that Tippi Hedren ever acted in and that movie was The Birds. I saw The Birds ages ago and honestly, I don't remember much about the movie other than birds start attacking peo...

About Tippi Hedren

Nathalie Kay "Tippi" Hedren is an American actress, animal rights activist, and former fashion model. She made her film debut in The Birds in 1963, followed by the title role in Marnie in 1964. She has been involved with animal rescue at Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre wildlife habitat which she founded in 1983 north of Los Angeles. Her daughter is actress Melanie Griffith and her granddaughter is a