The Birds

1963

Spoiled socialite and notorious practical joker Melanie Daniels is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner. Mitch is looking to buy a pair of love birds for his young sister's birthday; he recognises Melanie but pretends to mistake her for an assistant. She decides to get her own back by buying the birds and driving up to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends his weekends with his sister and mother. Shortly after she arrives, Melanie is attacked by a gull, but this is just the start of a series of attacks by an increasing number of birds.
Cast:
Tippi Hedren .... Melanie Daniels
Rod Taylor .... Mitch Brenner
Jessica Tandy .... Lydia Brenner
Suzanne Pleshette .... Annie Hayworth
Veronica Cartwright .... Cathy Brenner
Ethel Griffies .... Mrs. Bundy
Charles McGraw .... Sebastian Sholes
Ruth McDevitt .... Mrs. MacGruder
Lonny Chapman .... Deke Carter
Joe Mantell .... Traveling salesman
Doodles Weaver .... Fisherman
Malcolm Atterbury .... Deputy Al Malone
John McGovern .... Postal clerk
Karl Swenson .... Doomsayer in diner
Richard Deacon .... Mitch's city neighbor
Elizabeth Wilson .... Helen Carter
Bill Quinn .... Man in diner
Doreen Lang .... Mother in diner
Morgan Brittany ....Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Darlene Conley .... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock .... Man walking dogs out of pet shop (uncredited)

Tippi Hedren

Nathalie Hedren was born on 19 January, 1931 in New Ulm Minnesota. From working for (Best Director) Hitchcock, to a movie written by (Worst Director) Ed Wood: Tippi Hedren, the Minnesota girl of Scandinavian descent, has had a fabulous career. Tippi was working as a New York fashion model when she married her first husband, Peter Griffith, in 1952 (married until 1961). They had a daughter, Melanie Griffith, on August 9, 1957. Alfred Hitchcock discovered Tippi, the pretty cover girl, while viewing a commercial on NBC's "Today Show" and summoned her to Hollywood under personal contract; he cast her in "The Birds." In a cover article about the movie in Look magazine (Dec. 4, 1962) Hitchcock praised her; he also told Associated Press: "Tippi Hedren is really remarkable. She's already reaching the lows and highs of terror." Tippi's performance in the film earned her a Golden Globe award. Her next film was "Marnie" (1964). Tippi named one of her housecats after Sean Connery, her co-star in "Marnie." That year she married her second husband, Noel Marshall (married until 1982). Tippi continued to appear in many different movies, playing a variety of roles. At the end of shooting Mr. Kingstreet's War (1973) Tippi discovered that the big cats used in the production had no place to go and would likely languish in small cages. This prompted her to obtain a parcel of land on her own to establish a home with a natural setting for retired big cats. She named it Shambala and it exists to this day. "Roar" (1981), a movie which she starred in and produced, seemed to be a turning point in her life; she became actively involved in animal rights, as well as a wide variety of humanitarian and environmental causes. She married her third husband, Luis Barrenecha in 1985. Tippi has devoted much time and effort to charitable causes: she is a volunteer International Relief Coordinator for "Food for the Hungry." Tippi traveled worldwide to set up relief programs following earthquakes, hurricanes, famine and war. Tippi has received numerous awards for her efforts, including the "Humanitarian Award" presented to her by the B'hai Faith. As for animal causes, Tippi is founder and President of "The Roar Foundation." Onscreen, Tippi continues to work frequently in motion pictures, theatre and TV. She appeared in "I Woke Up Early the Day I Died" (1998), finally bringing to the big screen the last screenplay written by the late EdWood in 1974, (and featuring Vampira and Conrad Brooks, just about the only surviving members of Ed Wood's stock company). Tippi's contributions to world cinema have been honored with Life Achievement awards in France at The Beauvais Film Festival Cinemalia 1994, and in Spain by The Fundacion Municipal De Cine in 1995. In 1999, Tippi was honored as "Woman of Vision" by Women in Film and Video in Washington, D.C., and received the Presidential Medal for her work in film from Hofstra University. Grandmother of Alexander Bauer, Dakota Johnson and Stella Banderas, Mother-in-law of Antonio Banderas. Former mother-in-law of Don Johnson and Steven Bauer.

Jessica Tandy

Possessing a great dignity tempered by the humorous sparkle in her clear blue eyes, Jessica Tandy was among the grand dames of stage and screen. Like many of her peers, her distinguished acting career stretched back to the early 1930s, though rather than make her name on film, Tandy won much of her fame with her work on the stage. Born in London on 7 June 1909, Tandy studied drama at the Ben Greet Academy of Acting. She was sixteen when she made her professional stage debut in London, and just twenty-one when she took her first bow on Broadway. In 1932, Tandy made her first film appearance in Indiscretions of Eve (1932), but due to her extremely busy stage schedule did not appear in her second film, Murder in the Family, until 1938. In 1942, she married Canadian stage and screen actor Hume Cronyn (she had previously been married to actor Jack Hawkins from 1932 until 1940), and they remained professional and personal partners until Tandy's death in 1994. The couple moved to the States shortly after their marriage, and made their Hollywood debut together in Fred Zinnemann's The Seventh Cross (1944). For a long time, Tandy had her greatest success on the stage, beginning with her Tony-winning portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the first production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947. Despite the acclaim she received, she was passed by in favor of Vivien Leigh for the play's screen version. Tandy continued to work on the stage and appeared in a few more films through 1951, after which her film career became sporadic. She starred (with husband Hume Cronyn) as Liz Marriott on NBC Radio's "The Marriage" (1953-1954). One of her rare appearances was in Hitchcock's The Birds in 1963. It was after she won her second Tony while appearing with Cronyn in The Gin Game (1978) that Tandy's film career was renewed with a supporting role in John Schlesinger's Honky Tonk Freeway in 1981. The following year she appeared in The World According to Garp, and then starred in Merchant Ivory's The Bostonians in 1984. In the meantime, she won her third Tony for her work in 1983's Foxfire (she would win an Emmy in 1987 for the same role in the play's televised version). Tandy's film career then experienced a complete resuscitation in 1985, when she and Cronyn co-starred in Ron Howard's Cocoon; four years later, the then-80-year-old Tandy won an Oscar for her feisty performance as a Southern lady who befriends her black chauffeur in Driving Miss Daisy. Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world [1990], she went on to have notable roles in films like Fried Green Tomatoes in 1991 and 1992's Used People. Before succumbing to ovarian cancer in September of 1994, Tandy completed the made-for-TV movie To Dance With the White Dog, in which she starred with Cronyn, and Nobody's Fool, the latter of which was dedicated to her memory.

Suzanne Pleshette

Suzanne Pleshette was born on January 31, 1937 in New York City, New York, the only child of Eugene Pleshette, who managed the Paramount and Brooklyn Paramount theaters during the big band era. Ms. Pleshette chose to attend the New York High School of the Performing Arts at twelve, then went on to Syracuse University, Finch College, the Neighborhood Playhouse, and Sandy Meizner's Acting School. After some TV experience, she made her film debut in Jerry Lewis' The Geisha Boy (1958), then went on to replace Anne Bancroft as star of Broadway's The Miracle Worker. During her years at Warner Bros., Pleshette successfully avoided simpering ingénue roles, holding out for parts requiring beyond-her-years emotional depth. Her flair for comedy was delightfully tapped during her subsequent tenure with Disney in such films as The Ugly Dachsund (1967) and The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1968). Pleshette's film work, however, has never struck so responsive a chord with the fans as her television work, notably her portrayal of Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978) -- a role that she briefly and hilariously reprised on the very last episode of Newhart's subsequent series, Newhart. She then starred in several short-lived TV series, including Maggie Briggs (1984), Bridges to Cross (1986), and The Boys Are Back (1994), and has also been a ubiquitous presence in such made-for-TV movies as Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean. In December 2000, Suzanne - Announced her engagement to Tom Poston, age 79. Each had starred on a Bob Newhart Show, but not at the same time - she was in the 70s version, he was in the 80s. However, Poston appeared in a recurring role on the 70s version as Bob Hartley's old friend "Peeper" and "Cliff Murdock". Pleshette also appeared on the 80s version finale that is one of the best finales of all time-a segue between the two shows.

Veronica Cartwright

Veronica Cartwright was born on 20 April 1950. A native of Bristol, England, Cartwright's family emigrated to the United States when she was still very young. Not the only actress in the family,Veronica is the older sister of popular Television child actress Angela Cartwright. Following a series of modeling jobs and print ads, the aspiring actress became a familiar face to television viewers as the "Kellogg's Girl" in a series of breakfast cereal commercials. She made her screen debut in the 1958 war drama In Love and War, and, in the years that followed, alternated between film and TV work with roles in such features as The Children's Hour (1961) and The Birds (1963), in addition to a turn as Lumpy's sister on the small-screen classic Leave It to Beaver. Her character on "Leave It to Beaver" gave Beaver Cleaver his first kiss. She reprised her role in the Television movie "Still the Beaver (1983)". Early In her career, she was cast in a number of popular films such as 'The Children's Hour (1961)', 'Spencer's Mountain (1963)' and Hitchcock's 'The Birds (1963)'. She was cast as Jemima Boone in the popular Television series "Daniel Boone" which ran from 1964-66. Her career after "Boone" may have been influenced by Hitchcock as she appeared in both the remake of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)' and a role as the ill-fated navigator in the 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien a part that would become one of the most lucrative and prolific franchises in cinema history. She had a memorable performance in the 1983 space program drama The Right Stuff (in which she worked again with Body Snatchers director Philip Kaufman) helped to sustain her career through the '80s. Subsequent roles in Flight of the Navigator (1986) and Wisdom (1987) offered little in the way of dramatic depth, though Cartwright's winning performance in George Miller's The Witches of Eastwick (1987) found her nearly stealing the show from stars Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer. She would also appear in "Robert Kennedy & His Times (1985)", "Tanner '88' (1988)" and have a recurring role on "L.A. Law (1986)". Her big screen features would include 'The Right Stuff (1983)', 'Flight of the Navigator (1986)' and 'The Witches of Eastwick (1987)'. Veronica would work on the stage in "Electra", "Talley's Folly", "Homesteaders", "Butterflies are Free" and "The Triplet Connection". Alternating between Television and big screen movies in the 90's, she appears in such films as "Hitler's Daughter (1990) (TV)" (She was born on Hitler's birthday (April 20) and 'Candyman 2 (1995)'. Cartwright was nominated for an Emmy for three memorable appearances in the popular small-screen chiller The X Files. The following decade found her edging back toward memorable film work with appearances in In the Bedroom (2001), Scary Movie 2 (2001), and Just Married (2003). After facing off against a cat-munching alien in the 2002 short Mackenheim, Cartwright essayed a substantial role in Richard Day's 2004 comedy Straight Jacket.