Tippi: My fears that Sienna Miller's portrayal of me in Hitchcock biopic won't show how I stood up to legendary director
00:24 GMT, 13 March 2012
08:56 GMT, 13 March 2012
Alfred Hitchcock became obsessed with her, made her a star and, she says, tried to control her life.
The battles Tippi Hedren fought with the legendary film director are being chronicled in a biopic starring Sienna Miller as the object of Hitchcock’s infatuation.
But although Miss Hedren is an adviser on The Girl, the veteran Hollywood actress has revealed her fear that the BBC film will not show how strong she was in standing up to a man with the power to destroy her career.
Take two: Sienna Mille as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock in The Girl
The originals: Hitchcock and Hedren filming The Birds
Miss Hedren, 82, said: ‘I am thrilled Sienna is playing me. She is terrific for the part. If I have one reservation about the film it is that I worry they will not portray me as as strong a character as I was – and still am. I had to be extremely strong to fight off Mr Hitchcock.
‘He was so insistent and obsessive but I was an extremely strong young woman and there is no way he was going to get the better of me.’
Hitchcock’s fascination with Miss Hedren began in 1961 after he saw her in a TV commercial.
Power: He directed her in his classic The Birds in 1963 and in Marnie the following year
Tension: Miss Hedren, 82, described how, after Marnie, Hitchcock said her career would prosper only if she began sleeping with him if she began sleeping with him
At 62, the married director was twice her age.
He directed her in his classic The Birds in 1963 and in Marnie the following year.
Miss Hedren said: ‘I admired Hitch tremendously for his great talent and still do.
‘Yet, at the same time, I loathed him for his off-set behaviour and the way he came on to me sexually.
‘He was a great director – and he destroyed it all by his behaviour when he got me alone.’ She described how, after Marnie, Hitchcock said her career would prosper only if she began sleeping with him.
Miss Hedre, left, pictured earlier this month, said: ‘I am thrilled Sienna is playing me. She is terrific for the part'
‘He wanted to possess me completely,’ she said.
‘There were so many wonderful films we could have made together but it was all thrown away because of his mindless lust.
‘I was a highly moral girl. I couldn’t submit to him no matter that he threatened and did ruin my career.’
After Marnie Miss Hedren refused to work with Hitchcock again although she remained contracted to him and her career suffered. London-born Hitchcock died in 1980.
Miss Hedren, the mother of actress Melanie Griffith, now runs a wildlife sanctuary in California.
She will appear at a show called Hitchcock and Hollywood at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon on Saturday.