Hitchcock’s Former Muse Speaks Out

HBO’s new movie The Girl chronicles the real-life psychological thrills behind Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie. Both films star Tippi Hedren, a Minnesota native who was discovered by Hitchcock and quickly became his muse. But her job was anything but glamorous. In an interview with The New York Times Magazine, Hedren not only describes Hitchcock as misogynistic, but also calls him “a mean, mean man” who had “a whole lot of problems.” She reveals how Hitchcock’s obsession with her stymied her path to Hollywood glory. When she refused to give in to his sexual advances—citing her strong Lutheran background as a moral anchor—and decided to break her contract, he apparently threatened to “ruin [her] career.” You go, Tippi!