- Establishing and maintaining a successful charitable foundation
- Dress for Success: Self Presentation
- Rescuing abandoned, abused & unwanted big cats at the Shambala preserve
- Worked under the direction of both Alfred Hitchcock & Charlie Chaplin
- Political activist: Big Cats & Public Safety Protection Act
- Alfred Hitchcock, cast in the lead role – The Birds
Tippi Hedren is an American actress and former fashion model.
Iconic role in one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most classic films, The Birds, to being champion on behalf of the big cats at the Shambala Preserve, Tippi Hedren’s life has been unpredictable and extraordinary.
Tippi Hedren’s successful modeling career resulted in her appearance on the covers of national magazines, such as Life, Look, Glamour, Seventeen…
When Tippi then appeared in a television commercial for Sego, the diet drink, Alfred Hitchcock saw the commercial and discovered a new star.
Tippi possessed the sophistication, self-assurance and cool-blonde sex appeal that he was looking for. It was from this beginning that he then cast her in the lead role in The Birds, and Tippi’s life changed forever.
She is the only actress to have worked under the direction of both Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Chaplin.
She starred in Marnie opposite Sean Connery. For her performance in Marnie, Tippi was awarded a Golden Globe Award.
Because of Hitchcock’s obsession for her, Tippi made a brave and bold decision to get out of her contract, and Hitchcock promised to ruin her career. For two years he did just that, but Tippi’s fearless determination to move on in her personal and professional life has now made her one of the most recognized stars in motion picture history.
Following the Hitchcock classics, Tippi co-starred opposite Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren in Chaplin’s The Countess from Hong Kong.
She has been honored with Lifetime Achievement awards worldwide.
Tippi was honored as “Best Actress in a Comedy Short” in the film “Mulligans!” at the Method Fest, Independent Film Festival, and Tippi won “Best Actress” for the short film “Tea With Grandma” from the New York International Independent Film Festival.
Audiences and critics alike responded positively to her roles on 4400 as Lily Moor Tyler, on Fashion House as Doris Thompson or on CSI as Karen Rosenthal, for which she received EMMY consideration.
Tippi was the subject of a stunning new HBO Biopic, about Hitchcock’s obsession with her, entitled, The Girl, starring Sienna Miller as Tippi, and Toby Jones as Hitchcock.
Appeared in the seasons opening episode of the FOX hit, “Raising Hope”. Co-starring as her daughter in that episode, Tippi’s real life daughter, famed actress Melanie Griffith.
Tippi Hedren has always made time to help others. As a volunteer International Relief Coordinator for “Food for the Hungry”, she traveled worldwide to set up relief programs following earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war.
Tippi also recognized the need for women from Vietnam to have a profession and employed her own manicurist to teach these women the skills of the trade. Now it is widely known that Tippi is the pivotal figure in the modern development of Vietnamese-owned nail salons throughout the United States.
As President and founder of The Roar Foundation, Tippi is now “den mother” to over 40 abandoned, abused and unwanted big cats at the Shambala preserve.
Her efforts in Congress to effect new laws regarding the big cats has now resulted in H.R. 4122 and S. 3547, the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act” which will prohibit the breeding of exotic big cats to be sold as pets and/or for financial gain.
Tippi Hedren’s life and career has continued to be eclectic and engaging, purposeful and passionate, and with so much more to accomplish, whether onscreen or off, Tippi Hedren is one actor and activist who will always make a difference.