A "star discovery" of Alfred Hitchcock's, Hedren was spotted by the producer-director while appearing in a commercial on the Today show. The New Ulm, Minnesota, native had a small part in the 1950 film The Pretty Girl before embarking on a successful nine-year career as a model. Possessed of a Grace Kelly-like beauty, Hedren (real name: Nathalie Hedren) remains best-known for her arduous starring role in The Birds (1963), in which she replaced a pregnant Vera Miles. Hitchcock also cast her opposite Sean Connery in Marnie (1964), a psychological thriller. Charlie Chaplin gave her a supporting role in his A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), and after that she worked less frequently.
In 1973 Hedren appeared in two offbeat films: The Harrad Experiment, a free-love-among-college-kids drama that featured her daughter Melanie Griffith, then 14, in a bit part, and Mr. Kingstreet's War, an interesting WWII-era drama set in Africa. In 1990 she appeared once again in a film with her daughter, but this time in support of Melanie, the star of Pacific Heights.
She has been more visible on television, where her career came "full circle" when she appeared in the made-for-cable The Birds II: Land's End (1984). Animal lover Hedren has lived since 1971 on a 150-acre ranch in Acton, California, which houses her "pets," a menagerie wich has included 150 lions and tigers, two African elephants and (of course) a number of exotic birds.
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