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Tippi Hedren Biography

Birth Name:
Nathalie Kay Hedren
Birth Place:
New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
Actor, model, animal-rights activist

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1964Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: winner