Tippi Hedren, the actress most famous for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, recently opened up about her relationship with the legendary director. Unsurprisingly, the actress didn’t have too many fond memories of the legendary director.
Hitchcock may have been responsible for Hedren’s most famous role but the actress says that working with the legendary director was a little too much to handle. In the new documentary, The Girl, Hedren talks about how Hitchcock was fixated on her, how he frequently tried to make sexual advances on her, how he refused to let her out of her contract and how he ultimately blacklisted the actress.
“I don’t know what to call it… It was something I’d never experienced before. It wasn’t love. When you love someone, you treat them well. We are dealing with a mind here that is incomprehensible. And I certainly am not capable of discerning what was going through his mind or why.”
In a panel discussion for the new movie Hedren talked about what it was like working on the set of The Birds. According to Hedren, it wasn’t a very pleasant place. The actress said that Hitchcock tried to “steal a kiss” from her on the set. He also put her life in danger by forcing her to work with live birds for several days.
“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…. He ruined my career but he didn’t ruin my life. If this had happened today I would be a very rich woman.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Tippi Hedren will be played by Sienna Miller in the new documentary. Toby Jones will play Alfred Hitchcock.
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The legendary director may not have been the nicest man behind the camera, but he did turn out some amazing work. His movie Vertigo recently replaced Citizen Kane as “the greatest movie ever.”