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Also Known As: Nathalie Kay Hedren Died:
Born: January 19, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Ulm, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, model

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One of the quintessential cool blondes of Hollywood cinema in the 1960s, Tippi Hedren was the discovery of British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and rose from relative obscurity to international fame on the strength of her lead roles in the "The Birds" (1963) and "Marine" (1964). Groomed by the Master of Suspense to be the next Grace Kelly, Hedren came to resent Hitchcock's controlling influence on her life and quarreled with him openly, resulting in a professional rift that did initial damage to her long-term career. After the end of her Universal contract in the early Seventies, Hedren traveled the world as a free agent and while on location for a film in Africa, became invested in the plight of exotic animals. Founding a wildlife preserve in Southern California in 1978, the maturing actress rarely turned down paying work in low budget films or on television, channeling her salary into her habitat project and lobbying during her down time for legislative reforms to benefit the living conditions of exotic animals in captivity. The mother of actress Melanie Griffith, Hedren overcame early professional disappointments to weather a diverse and purposeful career lasting more than half a century, continuing...

One of the quintessential cool blondes of Hollywood cinema in the 1960s, Tippi Hedren was the discovery of British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and rose from relative obscurity to international fame on the strength of her lead roles in the "The Birds" (1963) and "Marine" (1964). Groomed by the Master of Suspense to be the next Grace Kelly, Hedren came to resent Hitchcock's controlling influence on her life and quarreled with him openly, resulting in a professional rift that did initial damage to her long-term career. After the end of her Universal contract in the early Seventies, Hedren traveled the world as a free agent and while on location for a film in Africa, became invested in the plight of exotic animals. Founding a wildlife preserve in Southern California in 1978, the maturing actress rarely turned down paying work in low budget films or on television, channeling her salary into her habitat project and lobbying during her down time for legislative reforms to benefit the living conditions of exotic animals in captivity. The mother of actress Melanie Griffith, Hedren overcame early professional disappointments to weather a diverse and purposeful career lasting more than half a century, continuing to work exhaustively into her ninth decade and enduring as an iconic example of classical beauty backed by a progressive social conscience.

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 I Heart Huckabees (2004) Mary Jane Hutchinson
5.
 Replacing Dad (1999) Dixie
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 I Woke Up Early the Day I Died (1998) Maylinda
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 Mulligans (1998)
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 Citizen Ruth (1996) Jessica Weiss
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 Mind Lies (1995)
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1950:
First film appearance (bit), "The Petty Girl"
1963:
Film acting debut, "The Birds"
1964:
TV acting debut in anthology series, "Kraft Suspense Theater"
1972:
Founded the Shambala Preserve in the Antelope Valley (north of Los Angeles), primarily for retired animal actors
1969:
Debut in recurring role on TV sitcom, "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"
1981:
Acted opposite daughter Melanie Griffith in "Roar"
1990:
TV-movie debut, "Return to Green Acres"
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Had short-term role on the CBS daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful"
1999:
Played recurring role on the short-lived UPN series "The Strip"
2003:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2004:
Featured in the off beat comedy "I Heart Huckabees" starring Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin and Mark Wahlberg
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Notes

Various sources list Ms. Hedren's birth year as 1928, 1930, 1931 and 1935 and her birthplace as New Ulm or Lafayette, Minnesota.

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husband:
Peter Griffith. Actor, realtor. Father of Melanie Griffith; died May 14, 2001 at age 67.
husband:
Noel Marshall. Director. Worked together on "Roar" (1981), an accident ridden production which took 11 years to make and cost $17 million.
husband:
Luis Barrenchea. Rancher. Third husband; together since c. 1985; Hedren filed for divorce in October 1991.

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mother:
Dorothea Hedren. Died on October 31, 1994.
daughter:
Melanie Griffith. Actor.

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