In her new book, Tippi: A Memoir , published on 17 November, Hedren alleges that the director induced sexual approaches to her and regarded her as his personal property. In one passageway she also describes her genuine horror during the course of its filming of the attic scene in The Birds when she was attacked by real birds. It was ugly, brutal and relentless, she writes, adding that Cary Grant, visiting the define that week, had told her how brave she was.
John Russell Taylor, author of Hitch: The Life and Times of Alfred Hitchcock , said: In a style I dont blamed Hedren, who I got to know in the late 1970 s when I was researching my volume. She is, I would guess, elaborating memories she feels bitter about but, as Hitchcocks friend, I resent the style her tale has changed over the years.
Hedren, the directors archetypal cool screen blonde, also starred in another Hitchcock thriller, Marnie . She was a New York fashion model when he spotted her in October 1961 in a diet drink commercial. Taylor said that in previous interviews for his book, republished in paperback in January, Hedren said the director had taught her all she knew about movies, even letting her into script sessions for The Birds .
Taylor and a fellow Hitchcock expert, Tony Lee Moral, writer of Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie and The Making of Hitchcocks The Birds , both argue that Hedrens claims are not supported by others who worked on the films, or by the shooting schedules and other documents in Hitchcocks archive at the Margaret Herrick Library in Los Angeles.