Though Hedren may not have maintained a spot on the A-list, she found her life’s purpose as an advocate for lions, tigers, and other big cats.After pouring much of her savings and risking her life to shoot “Roar,” the story of a family menaced by various wild animals, she opened up an 80-acre sanctuary for the animals in Acton, Calif., called Shambala Preserve.In her personal relationships, Tippi Hedren insists upon a certain amount of independence and the freedom to pursue friendships with as many people, of both sexes, as she chooses.
Three times married and divorced, the mother of the actress Melanie Griffith is still elegant and self-assured, talking matter-of-factly and seemingly without rancour, of the mental and physical torture the famed director inflicted on her.
Her account of his dangerous obsession and the sexual abuse she was forced to endure while making the film has made headlines and even resulted in some blowback from the director’s loyalists.
Hedren tells that she decided to share her story in the hopes of encouraging other women to stand up for themselves.
Family relationships and attachments are not as important to her as they are to most people and Hedren often considers her friends closer to her than her blood relatives.
Certainly, Hedren's sympathy and concern extends much beyond her immediate family.
She also has contributed to movie history in another way as the mother of Melanie Griffith and the grandmother of Dakota Johnson, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” star. I’ve had an extraordinary life and everybody always told me to write about it. I made two films in Africa in the 1960’s and early ’70’s, and at the time environmentalists were telling us that if we didn’t do something right then to save the animals in the wild by the year 2000, they’d be gone. They grow to be between four and six hundred pounds.