Gabe Ginsberg / Getty; Greg Doherty / Getty; Ron Tom / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Dakota Johnson, Tippi Hedren, Alfred Hitchcock
Dakota Johnson opens up about her grandmother Tippi Hedren’s experience working in Hollywood.
That Fifty shades of gray star sat down for a live recording of The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, in which she said that Hedren – mother of actress Melanie Griffith – was “encouraging” of her when it came to pursuing an acting career despite the abuse she endured in the industry.
“She’s always been really honest and firm about standing up for yourself. That’s what she did,” Johnson said. “[Alfred] Hitchcock ruined her career because she did not want to sleep with him, and he terrorized her. He was never held accountable. “
The honor worked with the director of the 1963 film The birds as well as the 1964s Marnie. In her memoirs from 2016, Tippi, the actress, now 91, claimed she was sexually assaulted by Hitchcock several times during the making of both films.
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“It’s completely unacceptable for people in a position of power to exercise that power over someone in a weaker position, regardless of industry,” Johnson continued, becoming emotional. “It’s hard to talk about because she’s my grandmother. You would not imagine anyone exploiting your grandmother.”
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“I think the fact that she’s been so great to me and to my mom is like, no, you can not stand that s — from anyone,” she said. “She would say it in a far more eloquent way. She’s still such a glamorous movie star.”
Hedren recounted her experiences with Hitchcock, who died in 1980, in her memoirs, saying that the instructor wanted his driver to drive past her home and had once asked Hedren to “touch him” while working on The birds.
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She also said the instructor once tried to force her to kiss him in the back of a limousine and wrote in the book, “It was a horrible, horrible moment.”
The honor wrote that she did not tell anyone about the assault because “sexual harassment and stalking were expressions that did not exist” in the early 1960s.
Michael Kovac / Getty Dakota Johnson, Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Stella Banderas
The actress said things escalated again as she worked with the filmmaker Marnie, writes of a case in which he appeared in her dressing room and “laid his hands on me.”
“It was sexual, it was perverse,” Hedren wrote of the incident.
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Since then, Hedren has continued to appear in films such as I Heart Huckabees, Borger Ruth, I woke up early the day I died and the TV show Cougar Town.
In May 2020, Johnson revealed during an interview about Graham Norton Show that Hedren continued to live with tigers and lions in his home.
“She’s 13 or 14,” Johnson said. “There used to be 60 cats, and now there are only a few.”
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