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Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances

Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock’s Advances
Alfred Hitchcock made Tippi Hedren a star, giving her showy roles in “The Birds” and “Marnie.” But when she refused the director’s sexual advances, he threatened to destroy her career.

“When he told me that he would ruin me, I just told him do what he had to do,” recalls Hedren. “I went out of the door and slammed it so hard that I looked back to see if it was still on its hinges.”

During the shooting of their two movies, Hitchcock would get jealous and resentful when he saw Hedren speaking to male colleagues. At one point, when they were both in the back of a limousine, the director lunged at Hedren and tried to kiss her. In another encounter, during the filming of “Marnie,” Hitchcock asked the actress to touch him and shared romantic fantasies with her. After she rebuffed him, he chilled toward her.

“It was absolutely awful, and as soon
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"The Alfred Hitchcock Collection" Blu-ray Set From Universal

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Universal has released a highly impressive Blu-ray set, "The Alfred Hitchcock Collection", on Blu-ray. The set contains fifteen special editions of the Master's top films as well as ten original episodes of "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series. The set is packed with 15 hours of bonus extras and includes an illustrated, 58-page collector's booklet with extremely rare international poster art and film stills. Films included in the set are:

Psycho The Birds Vertigo Rear Window North by Northwest The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 version) Marnie Saboteur Shadow of a Doubt Rope The Trouble with Harry Topaz Frenzy  Torn Curtain Family Plot

 

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Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein

Casting-Couch Tactics Plagued Hollywood Long Before Harvey Weinstein
Whether producing “The Artist,” “Shakespeare in Love” or “The English Patient,” Queens-born serial predator Harvey Weinstein has always had a knack for making powerful period pictures. Maybe, between the best picture Oscars that those movies scored, he should have brushed up on his Hollywood history. His penchant for the casting couch — the practice of powerful white men exploiting young actresses trying to break into the movie business — has a historical precedent as old as the movie business itself.

“The perils for women in Hollywood are embedded, like land mines, from an actress’s debut to her swan song,” says film critic and historian Carrie Rickey, “where moguls like Harry Cohn reputedly wouldn’t cast starlets like Marilyn Monroe and Kim Novak unless they auditioned in bed.”

Long before Weinstein there was Louis B. Mayer, who co-founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in 1924. Mayer, the ground zero of this kind of abuse, had means, motive, opportunity
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Hitchcock Actress Tippi Hedren Denounces Director’s Sexual Harassment

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Hitchcock Actress Tippi Hedren Denounces Director’s Sexual Harassment
Tippi Hedren, best known for her acting in Alfred Hitchcock films “The Birds” and “Marnie,” is continuing to speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood, but points out that it is not limited to the entertainment industry. “Everybody talks about it like it’s something new. It isn’t,” she told The Daily Beast in an article published Friday. “It started when men and women were put on this earth, and these kinds of things have been happening forever,” she said. “It is a wise parent who teaches boys and girls about this situation, and to never ever let it even get to.
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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Composers And The Scores That Made Them Great

Author: Dave Roper

With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.

As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..

John WilliamsStar Wars

Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July,
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Hitchcock/Truffaut – Review

I was 12 years old in 1968. One of my favorite places was the library, in those days the closest library to us was the Tesson Ferry Branch in South St. Louis County. My most prized possession was my library card.

My Mother used to drop me off there on a Saturday or a summer weekday and I would spend the whole day reading. One of those days I pulled a book off the shelf called Hitchcock/Truffaut and sat down to read it. I knew who Alfred Hitchcock was from his television show, and from his monthly Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies that I was reading avidly, Tales That Frightened Even Me, More Tales for the Nervous and, my favorite, Stories to be Read After Dark.

I was aware that Alfred Hitchcock was most renowned for directing movies. I had seen a few on television, Saboteur was a mainstay on Kplr TV,
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‘Girls’ Review: ‘Hostage Situation’ Has A Horror Movie Premise

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‘Girls’ Review: ‘Hostage Situation’ Has A Horror Movie Premise
Last Week’S Review: Season 6 Premiere Finds the Light While Escaping It All

Love Her or Hate Her

Hannah is finally getting some traction in her career, and it looks good on her. Although she’s the same self-indulgent, dramatically inclined person we’ve always known, there’s a newfound calmness about her as she settles into something resembling maturity. This week it manifested in a surprising heart-to-heart between Hannah and Bff Marnie, with whom Hannah had escaped the city so that Marnie could partake in some self-indulgences herself (namely in the form of ex-husband Desi). In a poignant moment, Hannah admitted that she’s no longer judging because she’s finally realized no one has it all figured out, and we actually believe her. Even though hours earlier she was lamenting about having to keep Marnie’s tryst with Desi a secret from Ray.

One Step Forward, Two
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My Favorite Scene: Past and Current Producers Look Back on ‘Law & Order: Svu’

My Favorite Scene: Past and Current Producers Look Back on ‘Law & Order: Svu’
No one loves a great scene more than the person who first dreamed it up -- the writer. We're asking iconic shows' creators and writers to tell Et all about getting to see their most cherished moment on their series make it from script to screen.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit will reach a major TV milestone when it airs its 400th episode, a feat only previously achieved by eight scripted series over the past four decades. While a lot of credit for the show’s success and stamina is given to the cast led by Mariska Hargitay, who has won an Emmy for playing Det. Olivia Benson, it’s hard to ignore the writing, which has earned several Edgar Allen Poe Award nominations over the course of its run.

More: The Impact and Legacy of 'Law & Order: Svu' 400 Episodes Later

At its core, creator Dick Wolf tells Et the show has always been about
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Melanie Griffith Celebrates Mom Tippi Hedren's Birthday -- See How Gorgeous She Remains at 87!

Melanie Griffith Celebrates Mom Tippi Hedren's Birthday -- See How Gorgeous She Remains at 87!
Happy birthday, Tippi Hedren!

The iconic actress turned 87 on Thursday surrounded by family, and could not have looked more fabulous doing it!

Related: Dakota Johnson Poses With Mom Melanie Griffith and Grandma Tippi Hedren for Stunning Family Portrait

"My beautiful mother❤ Tippi at 87! Dinner with her grandchildren photo by @jaydoubleyoujay #mymamarocks #mykidsaremylife #weareblessed," Hedren's daughter, Melanie Griffith, captioned a sweet photo of her mom, still rocking the Hitchcock blonde hair at 87.

Though Hedren spent her birthday with her grandkids, the Marnie star celebrated Christmas with the whole "Griffith-Johnson-Banderas-Hedren-Phleger-Bauer" family.

"The whole Griffith-Johnson-Banderas-Hedren-Phleger-Bauer family
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Frank & Lola – Review

Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots in Frank & Lola. Photo courtesy of Falco Ink. Universal Pictures and Paladin Films ©

Michael Shannon and Imogene Poots star in a dark, sexy tale about a twisted romance between aspiring fashion designer Lola and gifted chef Frank in Frank & Lola. Secrets and half-truths suffuse this noir-ish tale which is set, appropriately, partly in Las Vegas, a city of illusions that touts itself as a place of secrets, and partly in Paris, city of lights and love, of haute couture, haute cuisine, and heartbreak.

Opposites attract but this mix may just be too hot. From the first scene, which opens with the two in bed, the sexy, edgy Frank & Lola will bring Last Tango In Paris to mind for some audiences. It is clear from the very beginning that these two are a mismatch but they are both strongly draw together, each finding in the other
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Tippi Hedren: How She Judges Her Work With Alfred Hitchcock After Revealing Sexual Abuse

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Tippi Hedren: How She Judges Her Work With Alfred Hitchcock After Revealing Sexual Abuse
Actress Tippi Hedren’s new memoir “Tippi” openly discusses her break with filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in his films “The Birds” and “Marnie.” She explains his obsession with her and the sexual abuse she experienced while making the films. After a falling out with the director, her career faced a major setback and she was forced to rebuild. In a new interview with Variety, Hedren discusses the abuse and why she went public with the story in the first place.

Read More: Tippi Hedren Confirms Alfred Hitchcock Sexually Assaulted Her, Details Secret Door Connecting His Office to Her Dressing Room

“This is legion all over the world. There’s nothing unique about it,” says Hedren in regards to why she came forward with the abuse allegations. “Women complain all the time about somebody trying to make a pass at them or have a relationship in which they are not interested.
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Tippi Hedren on Why She Went Public About Being Sexually Abused by Alfred Hitchcock

Tippi Hedren on Why She Went Public About Being Sexually Abused by Alfred Hitchcock
Tippi Hedren shot to fame as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic blonde heroines, turning heads in “The Birds” and “Marnie.”

Like Grace Kelly before her, Hedren seemed destined to be a huge star, as an impossibly cool and elegant screen goddess. But a falling out with the director put her career in a tailspin and she struggled to build on that early promise. In her new memoir, “Tippi,” Hedren opens up about her break with the legendary filmmaker. Her account of his dangerous obsession and the sexual abuse she was forced to endure while making the film has made headlines and even resulted in some blowback from the director’s loyalists. Hedren tells Variety that she decided to share her story in the hopes of encouraging other women to stand up for themselves.

Though Hedren may not have maintained a spot on the A-list, she found her life’s
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Tippi Hedren Finally Reveals Shocking Accusations Against Alfred Hitchcock In New Book

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This Post Has Been Updated On November 11, 2016

Tippi Hedren was a model with no acting experience when director Alfred Hitchcock cast her as the female lead in his 1963 classic "The Birds". The announcement surprised the entertainment industry, given Hitchcock's penchant for casting well-known actresses in his films. He saw Hedren by chance in a TV commercial and immediately set his sights on the beautiful blonde. Hedren was recently divorced at the time and in need of a new career in order to care for her young daughter, future actress Melaine Griffith. In her just-published autobiography "Tippi: A Memoir", the 86 year-old actress says that Hitchcock manipulated her when she was vulnerable by signing her into an exclusive contract that gave him dictatorial power over her career. He promised he would cast her in high profile films that would establish her as a major star. However, her dreams were shattered when Hitchcock
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Tippi Hedren Says Alfred Hitchcock Was Abuse During Filming of The Birds

Tippi Hedren Says Alfred Hitchcock Was Abuse During Filming of The Birds
It is now no secret that Tippi Hedren‘s relationship with Alfred Hitchcock was intense and potentially abusive.

In her new memoir, Tippi, the legendary actress and Hitchcock muse recounts several stressful and haunting encounters with the director: allegations of sexual assault during filming of The Birds and Marnie and the inhumane conditions Hedren endured (upon which Hitchcock insisted) while filming the climactic scene in the 1963 horror-thriller.

“Everything was building toward the famous ‘bedroom scene,'” Hedren writes of the scene in which her character Melanie suffers a vicious on-camera attack by the birds. Up until the day of filming,
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Dakota Johnson Poses With Mom Melanie Griffith and Grandma Tippi Hedren for Stunning Family Portrait

Dakota Johnson Poses With Mom Melanie Griffith and Grandma Tippi Hedren for Stunning Family Portrait
Three generations of Hollywood has never looked so good.

Legendary actress Tippi Hedren recently sat down with both her daughter, Melanie Griffith, and her granddaughter, Dakota Johnson, for an incredible family portrait for Vanity Fair. Hedren, 86, looks regal as ever in an embroidered nude gown, as 27-year-old Johnson embraces her in a demure, blush pink dress. Meanwhile, 59-year-old Griffith holds her mother's hand in a one-shoulder red gown.

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The ladies clearly had fun on the photo shoot, sharing some laughs while posing together. The pics mark the first time the three ladies have ever been photographed together for publication.

"The three generations just made me think about Mom, born in 1930, and me, in the '50s, and Dakota, in the '80s," Griffith tells the magazine about coming together to celebrate Hedren's new memoir, Tippi, in which
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Newswire: Tippi Hedren says Alfred Hitchcock sexually assaulted her

In her new memoir, actress Tippi Hedren alleges that Alfred Hitchcock sexually assaulted her on the sets of some of their films. The star of The Birds and Marnie has spoken up about the director’s controlling behavior in the past, which was dramatized for the HBO film, The Girl. But in her book, Tippi, Hedren claims that Hitchcock’s obsession with her culminated in sexual assault.

The New York Post is reporting from excerpts of the book, which details Hitchcock’s alleged shift from starmaker to harasser—according to Hedren, he watched her every move, limited her contact with the other actors, and had her handwriting analyzed. The actress also writes of a brief struggle with Hitchcock in the back of a limo, where he asked her to “touch him” and tried to kiss her. Things got worse on the set of Marnie, as Hedren says the director installed
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Tippi Hedren: Alfred Hitchcock sexually assaulted me

Star of The Birds and Marnie says director grabbed her, attempted to kiss her and had a secret door installed between his office and her dressing room

Tippi Hedren has revealed how Alfred Hitchcock allegedly sexually assaulted her while they were working on the films The Birds and Marnie.

The actor has spoken in the past about the director’s treatment of her, much of which was portrayed in the 2012 HBO movie The Girl, but she goes into fresh detail in a new autobiography, Tippi: A Memoir.

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‘Birds’ Star Tippi Hedren Claims Director Alfred Hitchcock Sexually Assaulted Her: ‘It Was Perverse’

In the 1960s, actress Tippi Hedren was the muse of acclaimed director Alfred Hitchcock, starring in “Birds”, his horror followup to “Psycho”, and in his subsequent drama “Marnie”. According to the New York Post, which has obtained an advance copy of Hedren’s upcoming autobiography, the actress makes some shocking claims about Hitchcock, alleging cruel on-set behaviour, […]
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Tippi Hedren Recounts Alleged Sexual Assault by Alfred Hitchcock in New Memoir

Tippi Hedren Recounts Alleged Sexual Assault by Alfred Hitchcock in New Memoir
Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 avian horror classic The Birds, alleges in her new memoir, Tippi, that the late Oscar-nominated director sexually assaulted her, according to excerpts obtained by the New York Post. On one particular occasion, Hedren claims, Hitchcock came into her dressing room on the set of Marnie and "put his hands on me. It was sexual, it was perverse. The harder I fought him, the more aggressive he became.” Hedren, a 31-year-old actress living in New York, was recently divorced from adman Peter Griffith at the time Hitchcock saw her in

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