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    Hitchcock, An Extreme Sexual Abuser?

    Tippi Hedren, star of "The Birds" and "Marnie" has released her autobiography titled "Tippi: A Memoir" that paints a very dark portrait of one of America's most beloved film directors.

    Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds girl Tippi Hedren alleges in a new autobiography that the legendary filmmaker sexually assaulted and intimidated her while they were working together in the 1960s.

    Hedren, mother of Melanie Griffith and grandmother to Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, has offered a rare, first-person account of the “master of suspense” in recently published Tippi: A Memoir that contrasts sharply with Hitchcock’s public image.

    Earlier, a 2012 HBO film The Girl was made based on the actress’s interviews about the experiences.
    First, Hitchcock spotted Hedren in a television commercial and tracked her down, who is now aged 86, recalled Hitchcock making unwanted advances during her gruelling six-month shoot for The Birds in 1962. Before filming even began, the director warned Hedren’s cast mates, particularly Rod Taylor, not to socialise with or “touch The Girl,” she writes. On set, every time Hitch saw Hedren laughing or talking with a man, he would turn “icy” and “petulant” and fix her with an “expressionless, unwavering stare . . . even if he was talking to a group of people on the other side of the soundstage.”

    He told Hedren about getting an erection while directing a scene between Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief. Hedren writes that the director would have his driver cruise past her home, that he had her handwriting analysed, and that he asked her to “touch him.”

    Once, Hitchcock actually threw himself on top of her and tried to kiss her in the back of his limo. “It was an awful, awful moment,” she writes. But she didn’t tell anyone because “sexual harassment and stalking were terms that didn’t exist,” in the early 1960s. Besides, she adds, “Which one of us was more valuable to the studio, him or me?”

    Hedren’s performance in The Birds earned plaudits, and shockingly, she went on to make another film with Hitchcock, Marnie, just a year later. Little had changed and the actress claimed, “The harder I fought him, the more aggressive he became.”

    The actress went on to make 50 films after Marnie, though she admits that none were as rewarding as the two she made with Hitch.

    “I’ve made it my mission ever since to see to it that while Hitchcock may have ruined my career, I never gave him the power to ruin my life,” Hedren writes.
    Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir | Dhaka Tribune

    This makes me feel so sad. I had heard before that Hitchcock was abusive to Hedren while making the birds, and that she had to be hospitalized after the worst scene.



    I have loved Hitchcock's films all my life,a nd can probably recite most of them by heart. I am unsure what to feel about them now. He's dead, beyond my power to exact justice.

    But I think, sadly, they are tainted for me now just as anything by Woody Allen or Roman Polanski is tainted.

    What say you? Incidents of sexual harassment this severe, which can never result in any justice, do they impact your entertainment consuming habits?
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    I can see that.

    He was kinda creepy, and UGLY as a pile of vomit.

    Probably the only way he could "get some."

    I respect him for his work, but....never one of my favorite directors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rorschach View Post
    I can see that.

    He was kinda creepy, and UGLY as a pile of vomit.

    Probably the only way he could "get some."

    I respect him for his work, but....never one of my favorite directors.
    OMG, he is absolutely my favorite. He had a uncanny way of touching a deeply-felt anxiety. Have you ever seen this one?



    Protecting the entire family is entirely on that young girl. Her father is too busy playing "murder" games with the neighbors to realize he has a killer in the house. Her mother just can't even imagine real evil, which is weird because WW II is still raging as this movie is being told. Does Mom think only Germans can be evil?

    Every scene is just brilliant....I'm still sorting out my feelings. After all, I appreciate some Picasso masterpieces, even though I know he was hideous to every woman and child he ever knew.

    It's unsettling and a bit creepy to think this man could understand my fears so well, and STILL be the monster that Hedren endured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Tippi Hedren, star of "The Birds" and "Marnie" has released her autobiography titled "Tippi: A Memoir" that paints a very dark portrait of one of America's most beloved film directors.



    Tippi Hedren accuses Hitchcock of sexual harassment in memoir | Dhaka Tribune

    This makes me feel so sad. I had heard before that Hitchcock was abusive to Hedren while making the birds, and that she had to be hospitalized after the worst scene.



    I have loved Hitchcock's films all my life,a nd can probably recite most of them by heart. I am unsure what to feel about them now. He's dead, beyond my power to exact justice.

    But I think, sadly, they are tainted for me now just as anything by Woody Allen or Roman Polanski is tainted.

    What say you? Incidents of sexual harassment this severe, which can never result in any justice, do they impact your entertainment consuming habits?
    This is sad, but unfortunately probably not so unusual, the "casting couch" was still a thing in the early 60s and the studio system, though weaker than in previous decades was still around.

    A bit of trivia, Tippi Hedren's screen test for "The Birds" was the most expensive in history...

    But you can figure that almost every attractive star had at least a few sessions on the casting couch, or were hit up, many contract players were known as "five o'clock girls" because they would "service" the big execs at five o'clock.

    But I know what you mean, it is an awful thing to do and rotten when you learn a Hollywood "icon" is so tarnished.

    Thx :/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    OMG, he is absolutely my favorite. He had a uncanny way of touching a deeply-felt anxiety. Have you ever seen this one?



    Protecting the entire family is entirely on that young girl. Her father is too busy playing "murder" games with the neighbors to realize he has a killer in the house. Her mother just can't even imagine real evil, which is weird because WW II is still raging as this movie is being told. Does Mom think only Germans can be evil?

    Every scene is just brilliant....I'm still sorting out my feelings. After all, I appreciate some Picasso masterpieces, even though I know he was hideous to every woman and child he ever knew.

    It's unsettling and a bit creepy to think this man could understand my fears so well, and STILL be the monster that Hedren endured.
    I always felt a little bad for Joseph Cotton. There he is in The Third Man, acting his ass off. Performance of a lifetime. And the Orson Welles shows up and steals the show. Cotton was a great actor but he was always in Orson Welles' shadow. I'm glad he had that movie to himself so he could shine on his own.

    And Hitchcock. Total creep. I believe it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macduff View Post
    I always felt a little bad for Joseph Cotton. There he is in The Third Man, acting his ass off. Performance of a lifetime. And the Orson Welles shows up and steals the show. Cotton was a great actor but he was always in Orson Welles' shadow. I'm glad he had that movie to himself so he could shine on his own.

    And Hitchcock. Total creep. I believe it.
    Not me....I suspected nothing. But I absolutely believe Hedren.

    That poor woman.

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    Here is something that might interest you @Madeline and it's one of my favorite Hollywood bios: Louise Brooks!



    Louise Brooks was one of the first "flappers"... (people say Clara Bow was the first, but it was actually Colleen Moore who was the very first to get her hair bobbed. (She got the idea from the Japanese dolls she collected.) (The first "flapper" movie was "Flaming Youth" starring Colleen Moore and sensationalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald.)

    Anyway, not far into the doc Louise talks about the casting couch, being a "party girl" and how Lord Beaverbrook helped a friend of hers in her career... and she says "Hooray for Lord Beaverbrook!"

    I don't believe she liked or agreed with the system, she was actually quite a rebel and pain in their butts, but it is an insight into the early days of the studio system and a great bio.

    "There is no Garbo, there is no Dietrich, there is only Louise Brooks!"

    -Henri Langlois



    I adore her...

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    I have a biography on Fatty Arbuckle and the origin of the Hayes Code. It's a fascinating part of film history.

    Thanks for the Louise Brooks recommendation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    I have a biography on Fatty Arbuckle and the origin of the Hayes Code. It's a fascinating part of film history.

    Thanks for the Louise Brooks recommendation!
    Yes, poor Roscoe Arbuckle was set up by an extortionist named Maude Delmont... W. R. Hearst liked selling papers over it, went as far as to have pictures of Arbuckle altered to show him behind prison bars and the girl, Virginia Rappe died of peritonitis.

    Even though he was exonerated by the jury, he was blacklisted and ended up directing low budget pictures under an assumed name.

    And when Louise Brooks came back to Hollywood from Berlin she worked as a dancer in one of his pictures. (go to the above doc @ 45 minutes.)

    There are a lot of tragic stories in classic Hollywood and Arbuckle's was one of the worst.

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    And then the Black Dahlia, and then the death of Superman.

    Not many people suicide by gun and the bullets that were not fired end up beneath the victim's prone body.
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