Nathalie Kay 'Tippi' Hedren was born on Monday, January 19, 1931 in New Ulm, Minnesota, USA and she is an American actress and former fashion model with a career spanning six decades.
Biography & Career:
Hedren was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, the daughter of Dorothea Henrietta and Bernard Carl Hedren. Her paternal grandparents were immigrants from Sweden, and her maternal ancestry was German and Norwegian. Her father ran a small general store in the small town of Lafayette, Minnesota and gave her the moniker "Tippi." "My father thought Nathalie was a little bit much for a brand new baby," Hedren explained at a 2004 screening of The Birds. In the screen test found in the DVD extras, she explains that it is "a Swedish nickname, (short) for Tupsa... meaning 'Little Girl' in a sp
ecific Swedish dialect".
Hedren had a successful modeling career in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing on covers of national magazines, such as Life magazine. She was discovered by Hitchcock, who was watching The Today Show when he saw Hedren in commercial for Sego, a diet drink. Hitchcock was looking for an actress who possessed something of the sophistication, self-assurance and cool-blonde sex appeal of Grace Kelly, with whom he had made three films. Hedren, expensively groomed and mentored by Hitchcock, appeared in his films The Birds and Marnie. At the time of the films' releases, she was criticized for being too passive in The Birds and too expressive in Marnie. It took several years before she received respect for her work in both films from American film critics.
Hedren made her debut in The Birds with a wealth of publicity. In a December 1962 Look magazine cover story "Hitchcock's New Grace Kelly", Alfred Hitchcock compared her to his star of To Catch a Thief and Rear Window, saying, "'Tippi' has a faster tempo, city glibness, more humor. She displayed jaunty assuredness, pertness, an attractive throw of the head. And she memorized and read lines extraordinarily well and is sharper in expression."
Hedren met and married actor/producer Peter Griffith in 1952. Their daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, was born on August 9, 1957. They were divorced in 1961. She married her then-agent Noel Marshall, who later produced three of her films, in 1964; they divorced in 1982. She married businessman Luis Barrenechea in 1985 but divorced him 10 years later. Since 2002, Hedren has been married to veterinarian Martin Dinnes.
Birth Name : Nathalie Kay Hedren
Born : January 19, 1930 (age 79)
Place : New Ulm, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation : Actress
Being born on Jan 19, Tippi is a Capricorn.
Tippi dated Peter Griffith and amongst other amorous encounters was Martin Dinnes.
Why do we like her?
Tippi Herden is an American actress and former fashion model with a career spanning six decades. The natural and consistent acting she put forth won her many hearts across the world.
Why is she famous?
She is primarily known for her roles in two Alfred Hitchcock films, The Birds and Marnie, and her extensive efforts in animal rescue at Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre (320,000 m2) wildlife habitat which she founded in 1983.Hedren is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith, and they share credits on several productions, notably Pacific Heights (1990).
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