Tippi Hedren is 'The Girl' and more Alfred Hitchcock leading-lady obsessions
HBO's "The Girl" goes behind the scenes of that process -- and shows the consequences of being the object of Hitchcock's fascination. Above are actors Toby Jones and Sienna Miller as Hitchcock and leading lady Tippi Hedren in the new HBO film.
Hedren was an unknown model when Hitchcock cast her as the lead in "The Birds," then "Marnie." He offered her a seven-year contract and took control of her grooming, her wardrobe and her professional development. But behind the scenes, the director became obsessed with Hedren, and insisted that she be sexually available to him. When she refused, he torpedoed her career.
Take a look at Hitchcock's leading ladies throughout his career -- including some actresses who may surprise you. "The Girl" premieres Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.