Tippi Hedren, star of The Birds (1963) & Marnie (1964), appeared on the cover of Look Magazine on December 4, 1962. Strangely enough, she wasn’t all over the press, although these films, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, were and still are masterpieces.
Recently however, Hedren is part of an HBO movie called “The Girl”, a kind of dramatized version of Marnie. In it, Hitchcock is portrayed as obsessed with Hedren and vindictive when the actress rejects his advances. She had to fight to get out of her contract with Hitchcock and lost roles because of it, she said in an interview and it ultimately ruined her career, but not her life.
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Edith Head (1897-1981) was a brilliant Hollywood fashion designer who collaborated with Hitchcock on many of his films.She has won 8 Academy Awards & 35 nominations, more than any other woman. Her first job was as a teacher of French, Spanish and Art at the Bishop School for Girls at La Jolla, California. She got into films by answering a wanted ad as a sketch artist for Paramount. She also executed the design of Hubert de Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn’s famous gown !
She is the costume designer on Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), Sunset bvd (1950), The Sting (1973), All About Eve (1950), A Place In The Sun (1951), Sullivan’s Travels (1941) & nearly every dressed every diva in a Paramount film.
© A final collaboration between Alfred Hitchcock & Edith Head. On the set of “Family Plot” (1976)
© Edith Head with her sketches. It is said they were mainly drawn by her students.