Tippi Hedren may have been legendary director Alfred Hitchcock's muse for a time, but after she refused his sexual advances, he ruined her career. The veteran actress, 82, revealed that she would have been an extremely rich woman if sexual harassment laws were in existence when she was in the middle of filming "The Birds" in 1963, the Daily Mail reported.
Though she admitted that he successfully ruined her career when she refused to become sexually intimate with him, she stated that he did not ruin her life.
"I think he was an extremely sad character. We are dealing with a brain here that was an unusual genius and evil and deviant, almost to the point of dangerous, because of the effect that he could have on people that were totally unsuspecting."
Hedren went on to explain the relentless sexual harassment she experience from Hitchcock when filming "The Birds" after she joined the cast of "The Girl," a collaboration between BBC and HBO that is about her relationship with Hitchcock, the Daily Mail reported.
When Hedren was filming "The Birds," she was 34 years old, nearly 30 years younger than Hitchcock and engaged to be married for the second time. The Daily Mail noted that even though the famed director was aware of Hedren's current relationship status, it didn't stop his advances as portrayed in "The Girl."
The IMDB page for "The Girl" shows that there is an impressive cast. Sienna Miller will be portraying the role of Tippi Hedren, Toby Jones has been casted as Alfred Hitchcock, Imelda Staunton is playing Hitchcock's wife, Alma, and Penelope Wilton was casted as his loyal assistant, Peggy Robertson.
There's one scene in "The Girl" where Hitchcock forces a kiss on Hedren's lips and orders her to become "available sexually," the Daily Mail reported.
"He ruined my career, but he didn't ruin my life," she said.
"If this had happened today, I would be a very rich woman," she alluded to sexual harassment laws today.
After Hedren refused to sleep with him, Hitchcock stopped her from working for two years because of a personal contract he signed her to, the Daily Mail stated, and she eventually went on to make 50 films but never became a major star.
"The Girl" debuts Oct. 20 on HBO.