Marnie – 1964 – dir. Alfred Hitchcock
The rumor mill reports that following her neophyte triumphs in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie, Tippi Hedren spurned the director’s advances (Hitch was notorious in his predilection for frosty, young blondes), and so he ruined her career in movies. Hedren certainly has never done any work as lastingly memorable as she did in these two films. One cannot off the top of one’s head think of any other of her movies. And that is a shame because the much-underrated Marnie and Hedren’s searing, knowing performance in it stand as proof that she was, outside her looks, an actress of skill and depth.