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Tippi: A Memoir

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Tippi Hedren

9 Hours 8 Minutes

HarperAudio

November 2016

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In this absorbing and surprising memoir, one of the biggest names of classic Hollywood—the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie—tells her story, including never-before-revealed experiences on the set of some of the biggest cult films of all time.
For decades, Tippi Hedren’s luminous beauty radiated from the silver screen, enchanting moviegoers and cementing her position among Hollywood’s elite—beauty and star power that continue to endure. For too long Hedren’s story has been told by others through whispered gossip and tabloid headlines. Now, Hedren sets the record straight, recalling how a young and virtuous Lutheran girl from small-town Minnesota became a worldwide legend—as one of the most famous Hitchcock girls, as an unwavering animal activist, and as the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie star daughter Melanie Griffith, and rising star Dakota Johnson, her granddaughter.
For the first time, Hedren digs deep into her complicated relationship with the man who discovered her talent, director Alfred Hitchcock, the benefactor who would become a repulsive and controlling director who contractually controlled her every move. She speaks openly about the dark pain she endured working with him on their most famous collaborations, The Birds and Marnie, and finding the courage she needed to break away.
Hedren’s incandescent spirit shines through as she talks about working with the great Charlie Chaplin, sharing the screen with some of the most esteemed actors in Hollywood, her experiences on some of the most intriguing and troubling film sets—including filming Roar, one of the most dangerous movies ever made—and the struggles of being a single mother—balancing her dedication to her work and her devotion to her daughter—and her commitment to helping animals.
Tippi is a rare and fascinating look at a private woman’s remarkable life no celebrity aficionado can miss.

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  • Victoria C

    Loved it. It was interesting and funny. I loved that she narrated the book herself because it made it more real. Her voice was so sweet.

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  • Jordan B.

    Tippi is not a writer, but she manages to effectively share amusing anecdotes her somewhat interesting life; Ultimately, she got by on beauty, charm and LUCK, rather than brains, whit, or survival instinct - a combination that doesn\'t make for an amazing memoir. When finished and reflecting on the book, I realized that I felt like I had listened to hours on end of self promotion, and justification of poor judgement and decision making consistent through out her life... Entertaining, but far from profound. I was relieved to be finished, and I was not left wanting more. That being said, I will be (re) watching some of her movies to enjoy the additional perspective, so it wasn\'t all bad.

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