Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren arrive at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, for the presentation of "The Birds" at the Festival Palace, May 9, 1963.
AP Photo/Jean Jacques Levy
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In a new memoir actress Tippi Hedren graphically chronicles incidents in which she says famed British director Alfred Hitchcock sexually assaulted and harassed her during her star turns in "The Birds" and "Marnie". "Tippi," which went on sale Tuesday, documents Hedren's rise from fashion model to movie star and "Hitchcock blonde" after the director spotted her in a commercial and cast her in the lead of the 1963 thriller "The Birds". The mother of actress Melanie Griffith and grandmother to "Fifty Shades of Grey" star Dakota Johnson, Hedren offers a rare, first-person account of the trans-Atlantic "master of suspense" that contrasts sharply with Hitchcock's public image as a mild-mannered, self-effacing English gentleman.Hedren's experiences with Hitchcock were dramatized in HBO's 2012 film "The Girl," and stars actress Sienna Miller as a young Hedren being coached, manipulated and tormented by Hitchcock.
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