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Tippi Hedren
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Tippi Hedren
Actress - Animal Rights Activist – Conservationist
 
Tippi Hedren is the recipient of the Inaugural Otilia Award from TheWIFTS Foundation for pioneering the conservation of the world's big cats and establishing Shambala, a one-of-a-kind conservation preserve in North America. Shambala is an ancient Sanskrit word that means "a meeting place of peace and harmony for all beings, human and animal."

From her iconic role in Alfred Hitchcock's classic, The Birds, to championing the big cats at the Shambala Preserve and wildlife around the world, Tippi Hedren's life has been unpredictable and extraordinary.

Having starred in countless roles in film and television, in the late '60s, another passion entered Tippi's life, and it was one she not only relished, but one that has greatly defined who she is today. As President and founder of The Roar Foundation, Tippi is now "den mother" to over 40 abandoned, abused and unwanted big cats (including lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, servals and bobcats) at the Shambala preserve. Since 1972, Shambala has been the sanctuary to over 250 rescued exotic cats. Her efforts in Congress to effect new laws regarding the big cats has now resulted in H.R. 1998 and S. 1381, the "Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act" which will prohibit the breeding of exotic big cats to be sold as pets and/or for financial gain. It has been Tippi's mission to educate the public about the inhumane treatment of exotic cats in so-called roadside zoos and to deter private individuals from mistakenly thinking that owning a big cat might be cool and fun. (www.shambala.org)

Ellen Little Accepting The Otilia Award on Behalf of Tippi Hedren

When Tippi's successful modeling career led to Alfred Hitchcock casting her in the lead role in The Birds, her life changed forever. She went on to star in Hitchcock's Marnie opposite Sean Connery and was awarded a Golden Globe as "Most Promising Newcomer – Female." Following the Hitchcock classics, Tippi co-starred opposite Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren in Charlie Chaplin's The Countess from Hong Kong. The only actress to have worked under the direction of both Hitchcock and Chaplin, she has been honored with Lifetime Achievement awards worldwide.

More recently, Tippi was the subject of a stunning new HBO Biopic, about Hitchcock's obsession with her, entitled, The Girl, starring Sienna Miller as Tippi, and Toby Jones as Hitchcock. She also appeared in the season's opening episode of the FOX hit, Raising Hope, which featured her real-life daughter, Melanie Griffith, co-starring as her daughter.

Alongside her dramatic on-screen career, Tippi Hedren has always made time to help others. As a volunteer International Relief Coordinator for "Food for the Hungry," she traveled worldwide to set up relief programs following earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war. Tippi also recognized the need for women from Vietnam to have a profession and employed her own manicurist to teach these women the skills of the trade. Now it is widely known that Tippi is the pivotal figure in the modern development of Vietnamese-owned nail salons throughout the United States.

Tippi Hedren's life and career has continued to be eclectic and engaging, purposeful and passionate, and with so much more to accomplish, whether onscreen or off, Tippi Hedren is one actor and activist who will always make a difference.




 
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