Tippi Hedren Helped Vietnamese Refugees Find Jobs As Nail Artists

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Tippi Hedren might be best known for her work in the Alfred Hitchcock classics The Birds and Marnie. But the Hollywood legend unarguably made an even greater impact in the beauty industry. Here’s a look at why the actress is treated as a goddess by one particular section of that world.

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Born in Minnesota in 1930, Tippi Hedren began fashion modeling in shows at department stores during her teens. After moving to New York aged 20, she was taken on by an agency and spent much of the next decade posing for magazines such as Life, Glamour and McCall’s. She was initially reluctant to pursue an acting career due to the tough nature of the film industry.

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However, Hedren changed her mind in 1961 when Alfred Hitchcock requested her services. The iconic director had spotted her in a diet soda commercial and immediately became interested in casting her for his next project. “She has a touch of that high-style, lady-like quality which was once well-represented in films by actress like Irene Dunne, Grace Kelly [and] Claudette Colbert,” Hitchcock once said of Hedren.

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