An excited crowd recently gathered at the Barry Barsamian Hollywood Legends Exhibit in the Metreon waiting for the arrival of movie star Tippi Hedren. Known for her roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic films The Birds and Marnie, Ms. Hedren has more recently turned her attentions to animal rights legislation and her wild cat sanctuary, Shambala.
Local notables such as Wilkes Bashford, Natalie Wood’s older sister, Olga and Kathy Garver (co-star in the 60s television show Family Affair) were among the crowd of 100 who toured the exhibit while enjoying champagne. Ms. Hedren arrived donning a long black gown with a short Edith Head jacket accessorized with a birds-in-flight brooch made of seed pearls set in gold. Petite and still a stunner, Ms. Hedren addressed the crowd sharing stories of how she was cast in The Birds and her passion for wild animals.
(Pictured above: Tippi Hedren with Barry Barasamian. Photo by Carole Chang)
Since the early 80s Ms. Hedren has tirelessly worked to get legislation passed to ban keeping wild animals as pets. “It has become my mission to stop the insanity of wild cats as pets,” Ms. Hedren said. The Shambala Sanctuary is home to 61 tigers, leopards, and lions, including two lions from Michael Jackson’s private zoo. Ms. Hedren knows her position as a star has influence and she uses that influence to bring attention to her cause. “Everything that I’ve done in my life,” said Ms. Hedren, “was to lead me to my work with the animals.”
Hollywood Legends: The Barry Barsamian Collectionis open to the public, Thursday - Sunday, noon - 8pm. Adults: $10, Seniors and Teens $8, Children $5.