"He terrorized my grandma": Dakota Johnson blames Hitchcock

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“He terrorized my grandma”
Dakota Johnson blames Hitchcock

US actress Tippi Hedren accuses the late star director Alfred Hitchcock of having sexually molested her several times in the 1960s. Your granddaughter now also comments on the allegations. The “The Birds” maker “terrorized” her grandmother.

As the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, US actress Dakota Johnson not only has famous parents, but also grandparents. Her maternal grandmother, Tippi Hedren, became a Hollywood star in the 1960s through Alfred Hitchcock. For several years now, the 91-year-old has accused the late director of sexual abuse. Her granddaughter Dakota Johnson has now also addressed these allegations in an interview.

Tippi Hedren taught her granddaughter a few things that could be useful to her in Hollywood.

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During a live recording of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the 32-year-old actress said Hitchcock “ruined” her grandmother’s career. When asked if Hedren encouraged her to take up acting despite her negative experiences in the industry, Johnson said, “She encouraged me. She was always very honest and determined to stand up for herself. She did . ”

“Still a Glamorous Movie Star”

Then she continued, “Hitchcock ruined her career for not wanting to sleep with him and he terrorized her and was never held accountable.” Johnson added, “It is totally unacceptable for people in a position of power to have that power over someone in a weaker position, regardless of the industry.”

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After a brief pause that seemed to get emotional, the Fifty Shades of Gray actress said, “It’s hard to talk about because she’s my grandmother. You don’t want to imagine someone taking advantage of your grandmother . ” Hedren taught her and her mother “not to have to put up with shit from anyone” – although she would put it “much more eloquently”: “She’s still such a glamorous movie star. She spends about three hours a day getting ready even if she doesn’t leave the house. “

Hendren reports on harassment and stalking

Tippi Hedren became famous in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds” in 1963. She also stood in front of the camera for him for “Marnie” (1964). After filming was over, he threatened to ruin her and never spoke to her again. The Universal Studios prevented Hitchcock from promoting Hedren for an Oscar. After that she never had success in Hollywood again.


After this legendary scene, Hedren collapsed and had to be medically monitored for a week.

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In her biography “Tippi: A Memoir” from 2016 she accuses the director of having sexually molested her several times and describes him as a perverted sadist. During the filming of “The Birds” he asked her to “touch” him. He also instructed his driver to drive past Hedren’s house more often.

Once Hitchcock threw himself on her in his limousine and tried to kiss her. “It was a terrible, terrible moment,” wrote Hedren. She did not tell anyone about the alleged incident because “sexual harassment and stalking were terms that did not exist at the time”.

She also suffered martyrdom on the set. For one attack scene with sparrows, birds were tied to the actress with ribbons for a week so that they could attack her aggressively. They were thrown in her face. It was “ugly, brutal and ruthless,” wrote Hedren. The birds would have pecked for their eyes several times. After work, Hedren collapsed and had to be medically monitored for a week.

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