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Actress and animal activist Tippi Hedren is finally setting the record straight in her highly anticipated memoir “TIPPI.”
One of the biggest names of classic Hollywood – the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie – tells her story, including never-before-revealed experiences on the set of some of the biggest cult films of all time.
SD: Luck seemed to follow you throughout your career beginning with modeling. Do you believe in luck or is it more being in the right place at the right time?
TH: All of it, but I like to think of it as destiny. We all have a destiny that we must follow. I had a really wonderful life and no regrets. I almost titled my memoir “Open Door,” because we are all given open doors to go through in life and if one closes another one will open.
SD: What do you think made Hitchcock obsessed with you?
TH: I wish I knew how to answer that question. I have thought about that many times over the years, but we can never know what is going on in another person’s head.
SD: What did you learn about yourself from working with Hitchcock?
TH: I’m grateful that he picked me from a commercial to star in my first movie “The Birds.” He was great director and I learned so much from him. Not only did he teach me about acting, but directing and the industry itself. It was an amazing time in my life.
SD: I love the fact that you didn’t allow him to ruin your life. How did you rise above it all?
TH: You are your best defense against the bad things that may come into your life. You should never let anyone ruin your life. Never give anyone that much power over you.
SD: What is something that the reader will be surprised to learn about you in your book?
TH: They will have to read the book to find out [she laughs]. I have been lucky enough to do some amazing things in my life and work with some great organizations. I really wanted others to stop telling my story, it was time that I told it myself, and that is why I wrote my memoir.