Five decades after The Birds almost pecked her to death, Tippi Hedren ends up in a casket on the October 2 season premiere of Raising Hope. Hedren plays Sabrina's recently deceased and filthy rich Nana (she appears alive in a videotaped message). Added bonus: Hedren's daughter, Melanie Griffith, plays Sabrina's narcissistic mom, Tamara.
"Nana said exactly what she was thinking and didn't care what people thought," reveals Hedren. "My first appearance is in a coffin at my funeral. To make sure people see her properly, she prearranged for her coffin to be placed next to the buffet." Hilarity ensues when Cloris Leachman's Maw Maw decides to switch dresses with Nana's corpse. "It's one of the funniest things you'll ever see," says Hedren.
But seeing her mom in a casket reminded Griffith of when The Birds director Alfred Hitchcock gave her a wax replica doll of Hedren in a box. "I remember he was really big and fat and [the present] was weird," recalls Griffith, who was less spooked this time. "When I walked on set and gave my mother a kiss in the coffin, she said, 'Don't worry, honey, you won't have to do this to me. I want you to cremate me and scatter me over our ranch."
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