Star of Hitchcock Film ‘The Birds’ had to Fend Off Fowl, Director

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Halloween is creeping ever closer — and bringing with it a slew of creepy movies. One of them is the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller “The Birds,” which reimagines our fine feathered friends as something far more terrifying.  

The lead actress, or victim, in the Birds is Tippi Hedren.

She attended several showings of The Birds this weekend at Detroit’s beautiful and historic Redford Theater.

The 85-year-old Hedren tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter the seminal 1963 movie marked a turning point in her life, even though she had to fend off both enraged fowl and Hitchcock himself.


Beyond acting, Hedren has also created a wildlife preserve for exotic animals and helped Vietnamese refugees start a hugely-successful string of nail salons.

Check out Hedren’s complete interview on those subjects and more…


Here’s some of the frightening moments featuring Tippi Hedren in “The Birds,” including the fateful walk up that flight of stairs… 



Image credit: Quinn Klinefelter/WDET

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.  

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