When Grace Kelly retires from films to marry Prince Rainier Alfred Hitchcock looks for a similar blonde and finds her in TV model,the little known Tippi Hedren,who will star in his film adaptation of horror story 'The Birds'. Hitchcock is obsessed with Tippi sexually and,when she rebuffs his advances,sadistically puts her through five days of filming where she is attacked and injured by real birds. Hitchcock's wife Alma and his assistant Peggy are appalled but can do nothing. Tippi is resolved that she will not give in to Hitchcock despite the situation giving her nightmares. Hitchcock and Tippi make a second film,'Marnie'. Having admitted that Alma is the only woman he has ever had sex with and that he now finds her cold Hitchcock continues to pursue Tippi, bombarding her with phone calls declaring his love for her yet reminding her that he alone made her famous and she owes him. At this stage Tippi demands that her contract be terminated and an end title states that they never ...
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He made her his star. And his darkest obsession.
Did You Know?
Rita Riggs, who worked on both "The Birds" and "Marnie", was interviewed by writer Gwyneth Hughes before this film was written, but subsequently claimed that her remarks were either entirely ignored or else falsified or distorted; she had been entirely complimentary about Alfred Hitchcock and insisted that his behavior towards Tippi Hedren had been entirely professional. See more
Alfred Hitchcock is shown directing a scene for "The Birds" on location wearing a bowler hat whilst seated in his director's chair. Hitchcock was photographed wearing a bowler (for publicity purposes) whilst making "Frenzy" in autumnal London nearly a decade later, and wears one in his brief personal cameo in that film. In reality, however, he never wore headgear (and wearing a hat on a windy day whilst near the sea would surely have been foolish). See more
Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints. - Alfred Hitchcock
References Dr. No
I've Told Ev'ry Little Star
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II
and Jerome Kern
Performed by Linda Scott
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