Face 2 Remember. Tippi Hedren.
“Hitch always liked women who behaved like well-bred ladies. Tippi generated that quality.” said Robert F. Boyle, production designer. Looking at her roles in Hitchcock movies, “The Birds” and “Marnie”, it is not hard to believe why Nathalie Kay “Tippi” Hedren was a model Hitchcock woman – elegant, blond, composed and stone cold.
Before her screen debut in “The Birds”, Tippi Hedren worked as a model. This first role helped her to grow as an actress, being coached by Hitchcock himself. Her relation with the famous director was troubled and not easy, especially that film making brought numerous challenges related to filming scenes with real birds. Tippi reached a point of physical and mental exhaustion, when severely scratched by bird’s claws broke down and was ordered to recover at home.
“Marnie”, her second movie made with Hitchcock was at the same time his final masterpiece. Although the plot was free from life threatening scenes, the troubled relationship between Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock took the new turn, with the director becoming overly possessive and controlling, up to the point when working relation was severely disturbed.
Unfortunately for Tippi, completing the filming of “Marnie” didn’t solve the conflict, as her career was well limited due to the contract, with Hitchcock having the power of preventing her from taking more significant film roles. Later in life she admitted “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.”