I had not talked about this issue with Alfred Hitchcock to anyone. Because all those years ago, it was still the studio kind of situation. Studios were the power. And I was at the end of that, and there was absolutely nothing I could do legally whatsoever. There were no laws about this kind of a situation. If this had happened today, I would be a very rich woman.
By Actress Tippi Hedren • Reflecting on the ordeal of starring in two of Alfred Hitchcock’s much-lauded films, Marnie and The Birds. Hedren says Hitchcock became disturbingly, sexually obsessed with her, once unsuccessfully trying to assault her, after which he subjected her to grueling and dangerous attacks by live birds during the latter film, leaving her bloodied. In advance of the debut of an HBO feature about her frightening and harassment-laden relationship with the late director, Hedren was given an advance screening: “When I first heard [actor Toby Jones’] voice at Alfred Hitchcock, my body just froze.” source (via shortformblog)