Tippi Hedren

  • Birth Name: Nathalie Kay Hedren
  • Birth Place: New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Model, Animal-rights activist
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  • Her nickname Tippi, which was given to her by her father, means "sweetheart" in Swedish.
  • Made her film debut in the 1950 comedy The Petty Girl.
  • Modeled for the Eileen Ford Agency.
  • Hitchcock allegedly discovered her in a diet-soda commercial he saw on Today.
  • Began operating the Shambala Preserve—a sanctuary for big cats in Acton, CA—in the early 1970s. It's maintained by the Roar Foundation, a nonprofit organization she founded in 1983.
  • Published the book The Cats of Shambala in 1985.
  • Has participated in anniversaries honoring the thriller The Birds (1963), including a 2003 40th-anniversary celebration held in Bodega Bay, CA, where the film was set.
  • In 2003, she coauthored and testified in Washington, D.C., for a bill that became the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, which prohibits the interstate and foreign trade of exotic cats.
  • Did influential work with female Vietnamese refugees, getting 20 of them invaluable training as manicurists in 1975. In 2011, she received the Vietnamese-American Matron Saint Award for these efforts.
  • Received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 2011.


  • 1964, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner


  • Patty Davis — Sister
  • Noel Marshall — Ex-husband
  • Martin Dinnes — Husband
  • Melanie Griffith — Daughter
  • Bernard Carl Hedren — Father
  • Dorothea Henrietta Hedren — Mother
  • Peter Griffith — Ex-husband
  • Luis Barrenechea — Ex-husband

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