Dakota Johnson says Alfred Hitchcock ‘terrorized’ grandmother Tippi Hedren: He ‘ruined her career’

Dakota Johnson opens up about her pedigree in Hollywood – and how her grandmother, actress Tippi Hedren, has encouraged her to stand on her own two feet.

Johnson, 32, recently appeared on The Hollywood Reporters’ “Awards Chatter” podcast, where she shared what she learned from the Honor and recalled the allegations of abuse that the star of “The Birds” endured in her own acting career.

“She’s always been really honest and firm about standing up for yourself. That’s what she did,” said Johnson, who is the daughter of actress Melanie Griffith. “[Alfred] Hitchcock ruined her career because she did not want to sleep with him, and he terrorized her. “

The “Fifty Shades of Gray” actress went on to claim that Hitchcock “was never held accountable” and called it a “completely unacceptable” abuse of power.

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Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren with a bird in hand at the Cannes Film Festival, on the occasion of the presentation of the film "Birds."

Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren with a bird in hand at the Cannes Film Festival, on the occasion of the presentation of the film “Birds.”
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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 said. “It’s hard to talk about because she’s my grandmother. You would not imagine anyone exploiting your grandmother.”

Johnson, who is currently dating Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, says what she and Griffith have learned from Hedren is that “you can not stand it — from anyone.”

“She would say it in a far more eloquent way. She’s still such a glamorous movie star,” Johnson continued.

The honor has long been candid about his complicated experience of working under Hitchcock. She has previously claimed that the director once asked Hedren to “touch him” while filming “The Birds”.

In her memoirs, she claimed that Hitchcock also tried to force her to kiss him in a limousine. In an interview with Fox News back in 2017, Hedren called it a “sad situation.”

“It was a wonderful, wonderful time. I had never made a movie before and I was – I think he saw an advertisement that I did – and … he found out who I was, where I was. So he quickly put me under contract. And then discovering that I was going to be in a bigger movie was incredible. He and his wife Alma were my drama coaches. It was absolutely amazing. And then he pulls it… that card. I was not a young woman who fell off the vegetable car. I was sorry he did this, you know he decided to pull it short. I said, ‘I’m not interested in this. I do not want to fall for this.’ “

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Dakota Johnson, Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Stella Banderas arrive at the 22nd annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills on October 19, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Dakota Johnson, Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Stella Banderas arrive at the 22nd annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills on October 19, 2015 in Los Angeles.
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The honor also claimed that Hitchock’s “persecution” of her would not charge, and her rejections led to him ruining her career.

“He kept pursuing it, and then I said, ‘I want out of the contract.’ He said, ‘Well, you can not. You have your daughter to take care of, your parents are getting older. “And I said, ‘You know, they do not want me to do something I’m not interested in. I want out of the contract.’ He said, ‘I want to ruin your career.’ And he did. He kept me under contract and did not let me work. It was just one of those Hollywood nightmares… It was just so unnecessary. That was what was so awful about this. It was just… just a sad situation. Just sad. But still – life goes on! “

The honor concluded that she feels there is more hope for actresses today.

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Actress and activist Tippi Hedren in the kitchen of her home in Acton, California in 1994. Tippi was talking on the phone when a tiger named Zoe jumped through the kitchen window.  The home of honor is the Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre land that houses and maintains lions, tigers, leopards and any kind of big cat that needs a home.

Actress and activist Tippi Hedren in the kitchen of her home in Acton, California in 1994. Tippi was talking on the phone when a tiger named Zoe jumped through the kitchen window. The home of honor is the Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre land that houses and maintains lions, tigers, leopards and any kind of big cat that needs a home.
(Eddie Sanderson)

“I think several of them say, ‘This is my life, this is how I want to live. You’ll either take me on my terms, or I’m not going to play the game.’ It’s become more of a business, and not just this incredible aura of, ‘Oh, she’s a movie star!’ It’s a business. “

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

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