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Hitchcock Gets Award; Tippi Accepts

MarnieAlfred Hitchcock has been dead for more than 30 years, but the great director is still winning awards.  Yesterday, Tippi Hedren accepted an award for the Hitchcock at the 10th Annual Edit Filmmakers Festival in Frankfurt, Germany.  Says Hedren, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "His work was genius and it changed my life."

She’s not kidding that Hitchcock changed her life.  Hitchock literally made Hedren’s career after seeing her in a diet drink commercial on The Today Show.  Hitch was so taken by Hedren’s
distinctive walk and attractive toss of her head, that he made her his new leading lady. Hitchcock was looking
for an actress who possessed something of the sophistication,
self-assurance and cool-blonde sex appeal of Grace Kelly, with whom he had made three films. Hedren, expensively groomed and mentored by Hitchcock, appeared in his films The Birds and Marnie. At the time of the films’ releases, she was criticized for being too passive in The Birds and too expressive in Marnie.

Indeed, if it hadn’t been for Alfred Hitchcock, Hedren, who has been in 68 films and TV shows since Marnie, might never have reached the  the silver screen. 

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