Tippi Hedren

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Tippi Hedren
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Tippi Hedren, 1965
Born Nathalie Kay Hedren
(1930-01-19) January 19, 1930 (age 85)
New Ulm, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actress, animal rights activist
Years active 1961–present
Spouse(s) Peter Griffith (1952–61; divorced)
1 child
Noel Marshall (1964–82; divorced)
Luis Barrenechea (1985–95; divorced)
Children Melanie Griffith
Relatives Dakota Johnson (granddaughter)

Tippi Hedren (born Nathalie Kay Hedren, January 19, 1930) is an American actress, former fashion model and an animal rights activist. She made her film debut in The Birds in 1963, followed by the title role in Marnie in 1964. In her later years, she has been involved with animal rescue at Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre (32 ha) wildlife habitat which she founded in 1983. Hedren was also instrumental in the development of Vietnamese-American nail salons in the United States.[1]

Early life[edit]

For much of her career, Hedren's year of birth was misreported as 1935.[2][3][4][5][6] In 2004, however, she acknowledged that she was actually born on January 19, 1930[7] (which is confirmed by her birth registration information at the Minnesota Historical Society)[7] in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Bernard Carl and Dorothea Henrietta (née Eckhardt) Hedren.[4] Her paternal grandparents were immigrants from Sweden, while her maternal ancestry is German and Norwegian.[8] Her father ran a small general store in the small town of Lafayette, Minnesota, and gave her the nickname "Tippi". When she was four, she moved with her parents to Minneapolis.

As a teenager, Hedren took part in department store fashion shows. Her parents relocated to California while she was a high school student. On reaching her 20th birthday, she bought a ticket to New York City and began a professional modeling career. Within the year she made her unofficial film debut as an uncredited extra in the musical comedy The Petty Girl. In interviews she refers to The Birds as her first film.[9]


Collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock[edit]


Hedren had a successful modeling career in the 1950s and early 1960s, twice appearing on the cover of Life magazine.[10]

On Friday, October 13, 1961, she received a call from an agent who told her a producer was interested in working with her. When she was told it was Alfred Hitchcock who, while he was watching The Today Show, saw her in a commercial for a diet drink called Sego, she agreed to sign a seven-year contract. During their first meeting, the two talked about everything except the role he was considering her for. Hedren was convinced for several weeks it was for his television series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.[11][12]

Hitchcock put Hedren through a $25,000 screen test, doing scenes from his previous films, such as Rebecca, Notorious and To Catch a Thief with actor Martin Balsam. According to Balsam, Hedren was very nervous but studied every line, did every move she was asked to, and tried to do everything right.[13] Hitchcock asked costume designer Edith Head to design clothes for Hedren's private life and he personally advised her about wine and food.[13] He also insisted for publicity purposes that her name should be printed only in single quotes, 'Tippi'.[13] The press mostly ignored this directive from the director, who felt that the single quotes added distinction and mystery to her name. Hitchcock was impressed with Hedren. As production designer Robert F. Boyle explained, "Hitch always liked women who behaved like well-bred ladies. Tippi generated that quality."[14] Happy with her screen test, Hitchcock invited Hedren to a dinner where he offered her a golden pin of three birds in flight and asked her to play the leading role in The Birds.[14][15]

The Birds[edit]

The Birds (1963) was Hedren's screen debut. Hitchcock became her drama coach, and gave her an education in film-making as she attended many of the production meetings such as script, music or photography conferences.[16] Hedren said, "I probably learned in three years what it would have taken me 15 years to learn otherwise."[17] She learned how to break down a script, to become another character, and to study the relationship of different characters.[18] Hedren portrayed her role of Melanie Daniels as Hitchcock requested. She said, "He gives his actors very little leeway. He'll listen, but he has a very definite plan in mind as to how he wants his characters to act. With me, it was understandable, because I was not an actress of stature. I welcomed his guidance."[19]

Hedren in a trailer for The Birds

During the six months of principal photography, Hedren's schedule was tight, as she was only given one afternoon off a week.[17] At first, she found the shooting "wonderful".[20] Hitchcock told a reporter, after a few weeks of filming, that she was remarkable, and said, "She's already reaching the lows and highs of terror."[21] Nonetheless, Hedren recalled the week she did the final bird attack scene in a second-floor bedroom as the worst of her life.[16] Before filming it, she asked Hitchcock about her character's motivations to go upstairs, and his response was, "Because I tell you to." She was then assured that the crew would use mechanical birds.[22] Instead, Hedren endured five solid days of prop men, protected by thick leather gloves, flinging dozens of live gulls, ravens and crows at her (their beaks clamped shut with elastic bands). In a state of exhaustion, when one of the birds gouged her cheek and narrowly missed her eye, Hedren sat down on the set and began crying.[23][24] A physician ordered a week's rest. Hitchcock protested, according to Hedren, saying there was nobody but her to film. The doctor's reply was, "Are you trying to kill her?"[22] She said the week also appeared to be an ordeal for the director.[25]

While promoting The Birds, Hitchcock was full of praise for his new protégé, and compared her to Grace Kelly. "Tippi has a faster tempo, city glibness, more humor [than Grace Kelly]. She displayed jaunty assuredness, pertness, an attractive throw of the head. And she memorized and read lines extraordinarily well and is sharper in expression."[21] For her performance, she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year, tied with Elke Sommer and Ursula Andress.


Hedren in Marnie

Hitchcock was impressed with Hedren's performance in The Birds and decided to offer her the leading title role of his next film, Marnie (1964), a romantic drama and psychological thriller from the novel by Winston Graham.[26][27] Hedren was stunned, and later said, "I thought Marnie was an extremely interesting role to play and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".[26] She voiced doubts about her ability to play that demanding role, but was assured by Hitchcock she could do it.[28] Contrary to The Birds where she had received little acting guidance, Hedren studied every scene with the director.[29]

Hedren recalled Marnie as her favorite of the two films she did with Hitchcock for the challenge of playing an emotionally battered young woman who travels from city to city assuming various guises in order to rob her employers.[30] During the filming, Hitchcock was quoted as saying about Hedren, "an Academy Award performance is in the making".[31] On release, the film was greeted by mixed reviews and indifferent box-office returns, and received no Oscar nominations.

Troubled relations with Hitchcock[edit]

Hedren's relationship with Hitchcock caused much controversy. In 1973, she admitted that a major life-style difference caused a split in their relationship. "He was too possessive and too demanding. I cannot be possessed by anyone. But, then, that's my own hangup."[32]

Hedren in a trailer for Marnie

In 1983, author Donald Spoto published his second book about Hitchcock, The Dark Side of a Genius, in which Hedren agreed to talk about her relationship with the director in detail for the first time.[22] Hedren explained the shooting of the attack scene in The Birds and recalled that, during the filming of Marnie, Hitchcock made "an overt sexual proposition that she could neither ignore nor answer casually, as she could his previous gestures."[33] The book was controversial as several of Hitchcock's friends claimed the Hitchcock portrayed in the book was not the man they knew.[34] For years after its release, Hedren was not keen to talk about it in interviews but thought the chapter devoted to her story was "accurate as to just what he was."[35]

Hedren explained her silence before telling her story, “It was embarrassing and insulting — there were a lot of reasons why I didn't want to tell the story. I didn't want it to be taken advantage of, twisted, turned and made into an even uglier situation than it was.”[22]

Hedren and Sean Connery in Marnie

In Spoto's third book about Hitchcock, Spellbound by Beauty (2008), Hedren said that it was during production of The Birds that, as she remembered, she began to feel uncomfortable about his watching her all the time.[36] Hitchcock tried to control everything from what she wore to what she ate and drank. She said she was being followed outside the set and reports were made and sent to Hitchcock about her comings and goings.[36] He told the cast and crew they were not allowed to talk to her. Hedren claimed he tried, on one occasion, to kiss her in the back of a car when they were alone.[21][37] She told his assistant, Peggy Robertson, and the studio chief, Lew Wasserman, that she was becoming very unhappy about the whole situation. "But he was Alfred Hitchcock, the great and famous director, and I was Tippi Hedren, an inexperienced actress who had no clout."[36] She decided she could not quit her contract because she was afraid to be blacklisted and unable to find work.[38] Hedren's own daughter, Melanie Griffith, remembered that while Hedren was doing The Birds, she thought Hitchcock was taking her mother away from her. "Suddenly, I wasn't allowed even to visit my mom at the studio."[36]

Hedren and Sean Connery in Marnie

During Marnie, Hedren found Hitchcock's behavior toward her increasingly difficult to bear as filming progressed. "Everyone - I mean everyone - knew he was obsessed with me. He always wanted a glass of wine or champagne, with me alone, at the end of the day. (...) he was really isolating me from everyone."[39] She said Hitchcock had no consideration for her feelings and remembered she was humiliated after he asked her to touch him, just before shooting a scene. "He made sure no one else could hear, and his tone and glance made it clear exactly what he meant."[citation needed]

Hedren asked Hitchcock's permission one day to travel to New York to appear on The Tonight Show where she was supposed to be presented an award as the Most Promising New Star. Hitchcock refused, according to his biographer, because he claimed the break would affect her performance.[40] Hedren said it was during that meeting Hitchcock made offensive demands on her. "He stared at me and simply said, as if it was the most natural thing in the world, that from this time on, he expected me to make myself sexually available and accessible to him – however and whenever and wherever he wanted."[41] She told him she wanted to get out of her contract because, "He made these demands on me, and no way could I acquiesce to them". She recalled Hitchcock telling her he'd ruin her career. "And he did: kept me under contract, kept paying me every week for almost two years to do nothing."[42] Hedren was furious and apparently called the director a "fatso" in front of people on the set.[40] Hitchcock made only a comment about it to his biographer, John Russell Taylor, "She did what no one is permitted to do. She referred to my weight." The two communicated only through a third party for the rest of the film.[43]

Hedren's contract terms gave Hitchcock the final say as to any work she could take on and he used that power to turn down several film roles on her behalf. She was particularly disappointed when French director François Truffaut told her he had wanted her for one of them.[41] Although Hedren never mentioned the title, it was reported the film was Fahrenheit 451 (1966), with Julie Christie in the role for which Hedren believed she had been considered. Truffaut's daughter Laura disputed this, however, saying her father was not secretive about the actors he considered and had never mentioned Hedren for that film, "It is extremely unlikely in my view, that my father seriously entertained this project without sharing it with my mother or mentioning it to us in later years."[44]

In 1966, Hitchcock finally sold her contract to Universal Studios after Hedren appeared in two of their TV shows, Kraft Suspense Theatre (1965) and Run for Your Life (id.).[45] She was released from her contract after she refused to appear on a television Western.[why?][46]


Hedren's account contrasted with the many interviews she gave about her time with Hitchcock, her warm tribute to him when he was honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award by the AFI in 1979, and her presence at his funeral.[18][47] When asked, Hedren answered, "He ruined my career, but he didn't ruin my life. That time of my life was over. I still admire the man for who he was."[48]

The BBC/HBO film The Girl (2012), featuring Sienna Miller as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock, was based on Spoto's book Spellbound by Beauty. The film was controversial as others who knew and worked with Hitchcock responded to it negatively.[49] Other actresses have spoken about the close attention Hitchcock paid to details of the leading ladies' characters and appearances in his films, but said that no harassment was involved. Kim Novak, who worked on Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), disputed Hitchcock's portrayal as a sexual predator in The Girl, "I never saw him make a pass at anybody or act strange to anybody. And wouldn't you think if he was that way, I would've seen it or at least seen him with somebody? I think it's unfortunate when someone's no longer around and can't defend themselves."[50] Novak previously described Hitchcock as a gentleman and, when asked about reports of his behaviour, she said, "Maybe I just wasn't his type."[51] Eva Marie Saint said that Hitchcock was very protective of her during the filming of North by Northwest (1959) and that all his leading ladies had a different take on him adding, "I mean, look at how he tried to overpower Tippi Hedren – not only in her career, but in her life. He never did that with me."[52] Saint added that her own relationship with Hitchcock was "a different scenario" from that of Hedren, "I was married and he really liked my husband.”[53]

Upon its release, Hedren said although she believed the film accurately portrays Hitchcock's negative behaviour towards her, the time constraints of a 90-minute film prevented telling the entire story of her career with him. "It wasn't a constant barrage of harassment. If it had been constantly the way we have had to do it in this film, I would have been long gone". She recalled there were times she described as "absolutely delightful and wonderful”, and insisted that “Hitchcock had a charm about him. He was very funny at times. He was incredibly brilliant in his field."[54]

James H. Brown, the first assistant director on The Birds and Marnie, who was interviewed several years before The Girl, said Hedren and Hitchcock had differences on Marnie,[55] recognized it was possible the director lost control and interest on the set of the film, but added, "I thought some of the things expressed about Hitchcock were highly over exaggerated. I think Hitchcock became a little upset with Tippi because she wasn't fulfilling the star qualities that he thought she had or was looking for."[56]

Rod Taylor, her co-star in The Birds, remembered, "Hitch was becoming very domineering and covetous of 'Tippi,' and it was very difficult for her. (...) No one was permitted to come physically close to her during the production. 'Don't touch the girl after I call "Cut!" he said to me repeatedly."[21]

Diane Baker, Hedren's co-star in Marnie, said that her memories of the film were so painful she tried to forget the experience and turned down participation in any Hitchcock tributes.[57] She added, "I never saw Tippi enjoying herself with the rest of us. (...) None of us ever saw her having a warm, friendly relationship with him. (...) Nothing could have been more horrible for me than to arrive on that movie set and to see her being treated the way she was."[58] Baker knew everything she said was reported to Hitchcock and she made sure he learned how unhappy she was about his attitude toward Hedren. Baker was happy not to be under contract to him, the way Hedren was, because she could get away.[59]

Jay Presson Allen, who was the screenwriter for Marnie, acknowledged that Hitchcock was "mad" for Hedren.[60] She added that she was unhappy for both and described the situation as "an old man's cri de coeur".[61] Virginia Darcy, Hedren's hairdresser, declined an invitation from Hedren to see The Girl, but admitted she told Hitchcock he should not be possessive with Hedren. "Tippi felt rightly that she was not his property, but he'd say, 'You are, I have a contract.'"[62][63]

Bulk of career[edit]

Hedren has appeared in over eighty films and TV shows. Hedren's first feature film appearance after Marnie was in A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), starring Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren. She was told by writer/director Charlie Chaplin that she was offered a major supporting role as Brando's estranged wife and had to accept the role without reading the script.[64] However, when she finally received it, she realized that her part was little more than a cameo, and asked Chaplin to expand the role. Although Chaplin tried to accommodate her, he could not, as the story mostly takes place on a ship, which Hedren's character boards near the end of the film.[65] Hedren later recounted that it was both strange and amusing to work with Chaplin.[66]

Tippi Hedren at a screening of "The Birds" in October 2015

In 1968, she returned to film as a socialite who helps her boyfriend (played by George Armstrong) catch a killer, in Tiger by the Tail. That same year, she guest-starred on The Courtship of Eddie's Father. She agreed to take part in Satan's Harvest (1970) and Mister Kingstreet's War (1973) -- which were actually shot back-to-back despite the discrepancy in their release dates—for the sole reason that they were being filmed in Africa.[30] In 1973, Hedren was in The Harrad Experiment with James Whitmore and Don Johnson. She confessed at the time she was occasionally depressed over the fact she wasn't doing any major films.[67]

Hedren starred alongside her then-husband, the agent and occasional producer Noel Marshall in the 1981 film Roar (directed by Marshall), about a family's misadventures in a research park filled with lions, tigers, and other wild cats. The film cost $17 million to make but grossed only $2 million worldwide.[68] As with many of the cast and crew, Hedren was injured in the filming of the movie. She received a fractured leg and scalp wounds.[69]

In 1982, she co-starred with Leslie Nielsen in Foxfire Light. During the 1980s, she appeared in several television series, including Hart to Hart in 1983 and the late-night horror series Tales from the Darkside in 1984. In the 1985 pilot episode of The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents, she made a brief appearance as a waitress in a bar who berates a customer, played by her daughter Melanie Griffith. In 1990, Hedren had a role on the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. That same year, she had a non-speaking, minor part as a wealthy widow romanced by Michael Keaton in the film Pacific Heights (1990), which starred her daughter, Melanie Griffith.[70]

In the early 1990s, Hedren appeared in many television movies such as Return to Green Acres (1990), Through the Eyes of a Killer (1992), and Treacherous Beauties (1994). In 1994, she appeared in the made-for-cable sequel, The Birds II: Land's End, in a role different from the one she had played in the original. Before its release, she admitted she was unhappy that she didn't get a starring role and, when asked about what could have been Hitchcock's opinion, she answered: "I'd hate to think what he would say!"[71][72] In a 2007 interview, Hedren said of the film, "It's absolutely horrible, it embarrasses me horribly."[73]

Hedren (far right) with Dee Wallace and Donna Mills in October 2010.

In 1996, Hedren played an abortion rights activist in Alexander Payne's political satire Citizen Ruth with Laura Dern. In 1998, she co-starred alongside Billy Zane, Christina Ricci, Eartha Kitt, Andrew McCarthy and Ron Perlman in I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, a film she particularly liked due to the fact that it had no dialogue in it.[64] After appearing in a number of little-exposed films between 1999 and 2003, Hedren had a small but showy role in the 2004 David O. Russell comedy, I Heart Huckabees, as a foul-mouthed attractive older woman who slaps Jude Law in an elevator.[citation needed]

Hedren continued to guest-star on television series throughout the 1990s and 2000s, in series such as Chicago Hope (1998), The 4400 (2006) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008). She was a cast member of the short-lived primetime soap opera Fashion House in 2006 with Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild. While filming an episode on June 22, 2006, a gallon of water fell from the ceiling and hit Hedren "at about 25 mph" leading to a return of crippling headaches she had suffered earlier in life.[74] Later in 2006 the actress retained lawyer Joseph Allen to file a personal injury claim against the owner of the sound stage; after a seven-year litigation, she was awarded $1.5 million in damages in December 2013.[74]

In 2009, Hedren appeared in the Lifetime movie Tribute, which starred actress Brittany Murphy in one of Murphy's last roles. She provided the voice for the character of Queen Hippolyta on the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold in 2011. In 2012, Hedren and her daughter Griffith guest-starred together on an episode of Raising Hope. She had a role in Jayne Mansfield's Car, directed by Billy Bob Thornton and starring Thornton, Robert Duvall and Kevin Bacon, but her scenes were left on the cutting room floor.[75] That same year, she appeared in Free Samples. She guest-starred in the fourth season finale of Cougar Town as herself; the episode ("Have Love Will Travel") aired on April 9, 2013. In 2013, exactly fifty years after The Birds, Hedren returned to Bodega to shoot a film called The Ghost and the Whale.[70]


A Louis Vuitton ad campaign in 2006 paid tribute to Hedren and Hitchcock with a modern-day interpretation of the deserted railway station opening sequence of Marnie. Her look from The Birds (1963) inspired designer Bill Gaytten to design for John Galliano Pre-Fall 2012 collection.[76]

Naomi Watts stated that her character interpretation in Mulholland Drive (2001) was influenced by the look and performances of Hedren in Hitchcock films.[77] Watts and Hedren both appeared in I ♥ Huckabees (2004) but didn't share any scenes together.[78] Watts dressed up as Hedren's title character from Marnie for a photo shoot for March 2008 issue of Vanity Fair.[79] In the same issue, Jodie Foster dressed up as Hedren's character, Melanie Daniels, from The Birds.[80]

Shambala Preserve[edit]

Shambala benefit stage production of The Birds in Hollywood, California. (L-R) Shambala supporter Don Norte, Veronica Cartwright, playwright David Cerda, Tippi Hedren and Shambala supporter Kevin Norte, 2006
Main article: Shambala Preserve

In 1981, Hedren produced Roar, an 11-year project that ended up costing $17 million and starring dozens of African lions. "This was probably one of the most dangerous films that Hollywood has ever seen", remarked the actress. "It's amazing no one was killed." During the production of Roar, Hedren, her husband at the time, Noel Marshall, and daughter Melanie were attacked [clarification needed] by lions; Jan de Bont, the director of photography, was scalped. Hedren later co-wrote Cats of Shambala (1985) about the experience. Roar made only $2 million worldwide. Hedren ended her marriage to Marshall a year later in 1982. The film directly led to the 1983 establishment of the non-profit Roar Foundation and Hedren's Shambala Preserve, located at the edge of the Mojave Desert in Acton, California between the Antelope Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Los Angeles. Shambala currently houses some 70 animals. Hedren lives on the Shambala site and conducts monthly tours of the preserve for the public. In a 2015 interview with ABILITY Magazine, Hedren emphasized that there is no human contact with the animals and that all of the cats are spayed and neutered, since they are being raised in captivity.[81]

She took in and cared for Togar, a lion that belonged to Anton LaVey, after he was told by San Francisco officials that he couldn't keep a fully grown lion as a house pet. Shambala became the new home for Michael Jackson's two Bengal tigers, Sabu and Thriller, after he decided to close his zoo at his Neverland Valley Ranch in Los Olivos. Thriller died in June 2012 of lung cancer.[citation needed]

On December 3, 2007, Shambala Preserve made headlines when Chris Orr, a caretaker for the animals, was mauled by a tiger named Alexander.[82] Several documentaries have focused on Shambala Preserve, including the 30-minute Lions: Kings of the Serengeti (1995), narrated by Melanie Griffith, and Animal Planet's Life with Big Cats (1998), which won the Genesis Award for best documentary in 1999. The animals at the preserve served as the initial inspiration for the life's work of artist A.E. London, who started her career working for Hedren.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Hedren (right) with Melanie Griffith at the 2014 Bel Air Film Festival at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

In 1952, Hedren met and married 18-year-old future advertising executive Peter Griffith. Their daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, was born on August 9, 1957. They were divorced in 1961. On September 22, 1964, Hedren married her then-agent Noel Marshall, who later produced three of her films; they divorced in 1982. In 1985, she married steel manufacturer Luis Barrenechea, but they divorced in 1995.[83] Hedren was engaged to veterinarian Martin Dinnes from 2002[84][85] until their breakup in mid-2008.[86] In September 2008, Hedren told The Sunday Times "I’m waiting for someone to sweep me off my feet.”[86]

Hedren played a role in the development of Vietnamese-American nail salons in the United States.[87][88]

In 1975, while an international relief coordinator with Food for the Hungry, she began visiting with refugees at Hope Village outside Sacramento, California.[1] When she learned the women were interested in her manicured nails, she employed her manicurist to teach them the skills of the trade and worked with a local beauty school to help them find jobs.[87] Hedren's work with the Vietnamese-Americans was the subject of Happy Hands, directed by Honey Lauren, which won Best Documentary Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival in 2014.[1][89][90] CND and Beauty Changes Lives Foundation (BCL) have announced the BCL CND Tippi Hedren Nail Scholarship Fund to support professional nail education and will be administered starting January 1, 2014.[91]

Hedren suffered from severe and persistent headaches for a long time and therefore was unable to accept several projects, including a television series produced by and starring Betty White. After she got a titanium plate put in her neck, she improved and then agreed, with the blessing of her doctor, to take the part of a dying woman in the soap opera Fashion House. While she was rehearsing a scene, a gallon of water fell from the ceiling onto her head. The headaches returned after the incident and persisted. Hedren filed a suit to receive recompense following her inability to work. Hedren's lawyer, Joseph Allen, made a mistake in his discussions with the defendants that allowed them to block him from filing suit. Hedren sued Allen for malpractice. In 2013, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Hedren had been awarded a $1.5 million settlement, including $213,400 for past lost earnings and $440,308 for future lost earnings, against her former lawyer.[92] Hedren was hurt by the report as she had not collected the award. She gave an interview to explain that her former lawyer does not have the money to pay her, and discussed how the report put her in a difficult situation as her Foundation is in dire need of funds. She explained that she has to raise $75,000 monthly just to keep it going. "Chances are I won't ever even see the money, and that what hurts so badly, that in all of this pain and suffering that publication ran with a swift and not researched story, which told people around the world who have been so gracious and thoughtful about sending donations, that I no longer needed them."[93]



Year Title Role Notes
1950 Pretty Girl, TheThe Pretty Girl Ice Box Pretty Girl
1963 Birds, TheThe Birds Melanie Daniels
1964 Marnie Marnie Edgar
1967 Countess from Hong Kong, AA Countess from Hong Kong Martha Mears
1969 Man and the Albatross, TheThe Man and the Albatross Sonia
1970 Tiger by the Tail Rita Armstrong
1970 Satan's Harvest Marla Oaks
1971 Mister Kingstreet's War Mary Kingstreet
1973 Harrad Experiment, TheThe Harrad Experiment Margaret Tenhausen
1981 Roar Madelaine
1982 Foxfire Light Elizabeth Morgan
1989 Deadly Spygames Chastity
1990 In the Cold of the Night Clara
1990 Pacific Heights Florence Peters
1994 Teresa's Tattoo Evelyn Hill
1994 Inevitable Grace Dr. Marcia Stevens
1996 Citizen Ruth Jessica Weiss
1997 Mulligans! Dottie Short film
1998 Break Up Mom
1998 I Woke Up Early The Day I Died Maylinda Austed
1999 Storytellers, TheThe Storytellers Lillian Glosner
2001 Tea with Grandma Rae Short film
2001 Ice Cream Sundae Lady Short film
2003 Searching for Haizmann Dr. Michelle Labner
2003 Dark Wolf Mary Video
2003 Rose's Garden Rose
2003 Julie and Jack Julie McNeal
2004 Raising Genius Babe
2004 Mind Rage Dr. Wilma Randolph
2004 I Heart Huckabees Mary Jane Hutchinson
2005 Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams, TheThe Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams Mrs. Adams
2005 Diamond Zero Eleanor Kelly
2007 Dead Write Minnie
2008 Her Morbid Desires Gloria Video
2012 Jayne Mansfield's Car Naomi Caldwell
2012 Free Samples Betty
2013 Return to Babylon Mrs. Peabody
2015 Ghost and the Whale, TheThe Ghost and the Whale Tippi
TBA Lizzie's World: The Secret of the Magic Trunk Elizabeth Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre Lee Anne Wickheimer "The Trains of Silence"
1965 Run for Your Life Jessica Braden "Someone Who Makes Me Feel Beautiful"
1970 Courtship of Eddie's Father, TheThe Courtship of Eddie's Father Cissy Drummond-Randolph "Free Is a Four Letter Word"
1971 Courtship of Eddie's Father, TheThe Courtship of Eddie's Father Cissy Drummond-Randolph "A Little Get Together for Cissy"
1976 Bionic Woman, TheThe Bionic Woman Susan Victor "Claws"
1983 Hart to Hart Liza Atterton "Hunted Harts"
1984 Tales from the Darkside Ruth Anderson "Mookie and Pookie"
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Waitress "Man from the South"
1988 Hotel Barbara Lyman "Double Take"
1988 Baby Boom Laura Curtis "Christmas '88"
1990 Return to Green Acres Arleen TV film
1990-1991 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Helen Maclaine TV series
1991 Shadow of a Doubt Mrs. Mathewson TV film
1991 In the Heat of the Night Annabelle Van Buren "Liar's Poker"
1992 Through the Eyes of a Killer Mrs. Bellano TV film
1993 Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal Beverly Courtney TV film
1993 Murder, She Wrote Catherine Noble "Bloodlines"
1994 Birds II: Land's End, TheThe Birds II: Land's End Helen TV film
1994 Treacherous Beauties Lettie Hollister TV film
1994-1996 Dream On Di Recurring role
1997 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Madame Sofroni / Molly Mouse (voice) "Generosity"
1997 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Wynn TV film
1998 Chicago Hope Alfreda Perkins "Psychodrama"
1998 New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman Adventures Donna Day (voice) "Mean Seasons"
1998 Invasion America Mrs. McAllister (voice) "Allies", "Charade"
1999 Darklings, TheThe Darklings Martha Jackson TV film
1999 Replacing Dad Dixie TV film
2000 Bull Caitlin Coyle "A Beautiful Lie"
2000 Providence Constance Hemming "The Unsinkable Sydney Hansen", "The Thanksgiving Story: Parts 1 & 2"
2003 111 Gramercy Park Mrs. Granville TV film
2006 Fashion House Doris Thompson Recurring role
2006 4400, TheThe 4400 Lily Tyler "The New World"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Karen Rosenthal "Young Man with a Horn"
2009 Tribute Mrs. Hennessey TV film
2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Queen Hippolyta (voice) "Triumvirate of Terror!"
2012 Raising Hope Nana "Not Indecent, But Not Quite Decent Enough Proposal"
2013 Cougar Town Herself "Have Love Will Travel"

Honors and awards[edit]


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  • McGilligan, Patrick. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light, It Books, 2004 (Reprint), 864 p. ISBN 978-0060988272
  • Moral, Tony Lee. Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie, Scarecrow Pres, 2013 (Revised Edition), 340 p. ISBN 978-0810891074
  • Taylor, John Russell. Hitch: The Life and Times of Alfred Hitchcock, Bloomsbury Reader, 2013, 318 p. ASIN B00BWL8L0C
  • Spoto, Donald. Spellbound by Beauty, Three Rivers Press, 2009, 368 p. ISBN 0307351319
  • Paul, Louis. Tales from the Cult Film Trenches: Interviews with 36 Actors from Horror, Science Fiction and Exploitation Cinema, McFarland, 2007, 336 p. ISBN 0786429941

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