• Tippi

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tippi Hedren
  • Narrated by: Tippi Hedren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 sets 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.

©2016 Tippi Hedren (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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You've got to love lions!

I remember when Tippi Hedren, a total unknown, was selected to be the leading lady in Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS. It caused quite a stir. I also knew that she had some sort of a big cat sanctuary here in California. As a person who works with and advocates for wildlife, I have to admit that I was more interested in learning about the big cats, than I was in anything else, but the whole book was very interesting.

Ms. Hedren narrates the book. She is now 86. I worried a bit about that, but didn't need to. Her narration is fine, and I'm sure adds to the story. I admire anyone who is her age not only writing a book but narrating it as well.

Tippi is totally enjoyable. Ms. Hedren is a real survivor. She has lived quite a life, survived many setbacks, and always bounced back for more. She comes across as very independent. Her work with big cats and other wildlife has been admirable and we in the wildlife community support it.

Good for her for writing this book and sharing her very interesting story.

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Extraordinary time very well spent!

From the first word, Ms. Hedren had me entranced.
I'd heard the end of a recent NPR Interview that inspired me to purchase this book. Now I am anxiously looking forward to delivery of Roar.
Ms. Hedron's positive attitude is amazing and infectious .. Best of all, readers are privileged to listen to Ms. Hedren read hwr book. Thank you.

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Such a classy lady! She has had a very interesting life! Loved it!

I could not stop listening to it and Tippi is such a class act. Just awesome!

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  • 05-08-22

Bravo

What an amazing woman!!I hung on every word!!! Tippi is an American Treasure!! I will re visit this book.

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Fascinating Lady!

What a great story and life. I can’t wait to read what she does with the rest of her life.

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enjoyed very much

really informative on Tippy's life in movies but also her private life with her animals I have been to a animal refuge in Arkansas and it's amazing how they can take care of these cats the amount of food and money it cost just to feed them every day I'd love to be able to go do the roar Foundation when it opens again

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Beautiful!

A very beautiful, well told story by an amazing and admirable human that I greatly admire

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Such a great book about an amazing woman

I loved every minute of this book! Learning all about Tippi’s life was so fascinating. Never a dull moment in this book

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Best book EVER

I knew nothing about Tippi Hedren I got the audible book because I like memoirs. That was the best choice I ever made. This was the best book I ever read and I’ve read a lot of them. I never knew the incredible life of Tippi Hedren. Her love of animals comes through her voice. I only wish I knew her. I feel like I do know her. I never wanted it to end. She makes you laugh, she makes you smile, she makes you cry. I could not stop listening to this audiobook. I actually love Tippi Hedren now and admire her. I highly highly recommend this book to everyone.

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A woman whose physical beauty is matched by the beauty of her heart.

This was such a joy to listen to . Tippi Hedren’s life has been graceful, harrowing, exciting, original, generous and meaningful. Her journey living with the big cats is fascinating and enriching not just for her and the cats but for those who read her story. She unflinchingly recounts many crises and setbacks throughout the years but always retains her bravery and curiosity and wonder of the world and it’s majestic creatures. I always had admired her as an actress but she is so much more as evidenced through reading her memoir.

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  • Felix Le Corre
  • 02-20-20

Impressed yet puzzled by the balance of this book

I was interested in this book to better understand a critical character of the Hitchcock era, an actress I remember admiring as incredibly talented and importantly someone who had resisted the pressures of sexual harassment way before #metoo.
I found the first segment of the book where she recounts her rise from ordinary citizen to model to muse of Hitchcock fascinating. It is surprising to read her present a balanced view. Able to appreciate the incredible chance and genius Hitch provided her yet faced his madness and obsessive behaviour.
Unfortunately, this makes for a small portion of the book (maybe a fifth).
The reason I am a less generous on the rating is that the rest of the book and thus the vast majority of it is about the making of the movie Roar and the wild cat adventure it provided. Whilst keen to appreciate her perspective and life story, I must confess being uneasy with how much this seems to define her.
More precisely, I remain surprised to hear countless details on animals that came to live with them and yet see every other human characters including parents, friends, past husbands and kids somehow play very secondary roles.
Particularly when one considers that care for wild animals is to be commanded but in fairness and in most instances, even incredible love and care by humans never quite beats natural wild life.
I sincerely apologise if I offend anyone who loved this book but felt it was important to provide the other side of the coin.

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  • Helen
  • 11-21-16

loved it

this was a fascinating read. Tipi is a marvelous human being. Such a lot she has given to help others, 2 and four legged. Thanks Tipi

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  • 08-18-20

Stunning

loved this book. listened to it twice. well written and great oration. great stuff Tippi