Tippi Hedren Net Worth
Tippi Hedren has an estimated net worth of $20 million. Film and television actress Tippi Hedren became famous for her roles in the Alfred Hitchcock movies ‘The Birds’ and ‘Marnie.’ She earns most of her income from her movies and television programs.
Tippi Hedren began her modeling career in New York and Los Angeles. Her performance in a television commercial caught the attention of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in his films The Birds and Marnie. In the early 1970s, Hedren founded the Shambala Preserve in Southern California as a sanctuary for rescued exotic cats, before launching the Roar Foundation to continue her work with animals. Hedren has three children and is the mother of actress Melanie Griffith.
To calculate the net worth of Tippi Hedren, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:
|Net Worth:||$20 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$100 Thousand|
|Annual Income:||$3 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Actor, Fashion Model|
Nathalie Kay Hedren was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, on January 19, 1930. When she was a baby, her father, who owned a general store in the nearby town of Lafayette, gave her the nickname “Tippi” — Swedish for “little girl.” Hedren’s good looks helped launch her modeling career while she was still a young girl, and she appeared in local advertisements and fashion shows during high school. Her father’s failing health forced the family to relocate from Minnesota to the more temperate climate of Southern California by her junior year.
They moved to San Diego, where Hedren finished high school at Huntington Park High School. Following her graduation, Hedren enrolled at Pasadena City College to study art. Her first film role came the same year, with a cameo in The Petty Girl. Despite these blossoming interests, Hedren remained committed to a modeling career and relocated to New York City in 1951.
Modeling and First Marriage
Success came quickly for the attractive Hedren, who was soon on the covers of fashion magazines. She also found love soon after her arrival, marrying Peter Griffith, a young actor, in 1952. His Broadway career fizzled after a few appearances, but not for his wife and their daughter, future actress Melanie Griffith, born in 1957. Hedren returned to California with Melanie after their divorce in 1960, poised for a major breakthrough.
Hitchcock Films and Troubles
After relocating to Los Angeles, Hedren found work in television commercials. Her ad for a diet drink aired on The Today Show in late 1961, and it caught Alfred Hitchcock’s attention. The famed British director was so taken with Hedren that he immediately signed her to a seven-year contract and cast her in his 1963 classic The Birds. The film was a box office and critical success, catapulting Hedren to stardom and earning her a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer.
After the success of The Birds, Hitchcock cast Hedren in the lead role in his next film, Marnie (1964), which also starred Sean Connery. But despite outward appearances, the relationship between Hitchcock and Hedren had become much more complicated behind the scenes. According to Hedren, Hitchcock was so angered by her rejection of his advances during the filming of The Birds and Marnie that he persistently subjected her to a series of sexual and psychological harassments, which she later described as a “psychic prison.”
His behavior eventually became so intolerable to Hedren that she refused to work with Hitchcock, who vindictively – and for a timesuccessfully – set out to ruin her career. However, after Hedren used her newfound star power to land roles in two different television series, Hitchcock finally gave up and sold her contract to Universal Studios in 1966.
Although the details of Hitchcock’s mistreatment of Hedren remained secret at the time, they came to light in two biographies published after his death, The Dark Side of Genius (1983) and Spellbound by Beauty (2008). The latter title became the main source for the HBO film The Girl (2012), starring Sienna Miller as Hedren and Toby Jones as Hitchcock.
Films and TV Shows
‘A Countess from Hong Kong’
Hedren worked hard to get back on track after being released from Hitchcock’s control, appearing alongside Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren in Charlie Chaplain’s final film as a director, the 1967 comedy A Countess from Hong Kong. Unfortunately, the film was a critical failure, and it marked the start of a period of stagnation in Hedren’s career, during which she appeared in only a few low-key films and television series, including Mister Kingstreet’s War (1971) and The Harrad Experiment (1973), both of which were produced by her second husband, Noel Marshall, whom she had married in 1964.
‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ ‘Dream On’
While her days as an A-lister appeared to be behind her, Hedren continued to work steadily throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She had regular roles on The Bold and the Beautiful and the sitcom Dream On, as well as guest appearances on Murder, She Wrote and Chicago Hope. She made her film debut in the thriller Pacific Heights (1990), co-starring her daughter Melanie Griffith, and the forgettable The Birds II: Lands End (1994).
‘I Heart Huckabees,’ ‘Cougar Town’
Hedren had a brief but memorable role in David O. Russell’s I Heart Huckabees (2004) and subsequently appeared in The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2007), Free Samples (2012) and Return to Babylon (2013). She also added to her long list of TV credits during this time, appearing on shows such as CSI, Raising Hope and Cougar Town.
Shambala Preserve and Roar Foundation
When Hedren’s film work took her to Africa in the late 1960s, she fell in love with exotic cats and became concerned about their exploitation and mistreatment. In the early 1970s, Hedren was inspired to take action and began what would become a lifelong mission of assisting wildlife charities in their rescue and protection by purchasing land north of Los Angeles to establish the Shambala Preserve as a sanctuary. She founded the Roar Foundation a decade later to continue her conservation work.
Shambala has housed hundreds of rescued animals since its inception, and Hedren has received numerous awards for her efforts from organizations such as the ASPCA and Wildhaven. Hedren’s animal work also resulted in the production of Roar (1981), a wildlife thriller directed by Marshall (whom she would divorce in 1982) and starring Hedren and her young daughter. Hedren has also worked with a variety of other charitable organizations, including the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, and international relief organizations.
Hedren married for the third time in 1985, to steel manufacturer Luis Barrenechea, before divorcing in 1995. In 2002, she became engaged to veterinarian Martin Dinnes, but the couple divorced in 2008. Hedren now lives in a house built on the Shambala Preserve to be near her beloved animals.
In 2003, Hedren was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tippi: A Memoir was published in 2016.
Along with her daughter, Hedren has seen her granddaughter Dakota Johnson carve out a successful acting career.
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