Horror Story: Tippi Hedren opens up about abuse she suffered at the hands of Alfred Hitchcock

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Tippi Hedren is speaking out about how legendary suspense director Alfred Hitchcock ruined her career and once assaulted her — after she refused to sleep with him.

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The Birdsactress told Inside Edition: "It is the worst thing to be the object of someone's obsession if you are not interested... It became unbearable."

Hedren was a struggling single mom with her young daughter Melanie Griffith when the Psycho filmmaker plucked her from obscurity to star in The Birds in 1963.

He followed up that success with Marnie, once again enlisting Hedren to star.

But Hitchcock's interest in Hedren went beyond that of a leading lady. Hedren documents a violent encounter with the filmmaker in her new autobiography, Tippi, A Memoir, on sale today.

"He suddenly grabbed me and put his hands on me. It was sexual, it was perverse, and it was ugly. The harder I fought him, the more aggressive he became," she wrote.

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: The film-maker Alfred HITCHCOCK directing the actress Tippi HEDREN during the shooting of the film 'Marnie' at the Hollywood studios on March 4, 1964. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Director Alfred Hitchcock demonstrating a scene to actress Tippi Hedren as cameraman Bob Burk watches, on the set of the movie 'Marnie', 1964. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Alfred Hitchcock gives Tippi Hedren directions in between scenes from the film 'Marnie', 1964. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
1964: British director Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980) directs American actor Tippi Hedren while she sits in front of a typewriter on the set of his film, 'Marnie'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Tippi Hedren as Marnie Edgar in 'Marnie', directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1964. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 11: Director Alfred Hitchcock with actress Tippi Hedren at Cannes Film Festival for the presentation of the movie 'The Birds' on May 11, 1963 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Surrounded by photographers, film director Alfred Hitchcock escorts Tippi Hedren, the star of his new film The Birds, to a screening of the film at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.
American actress Tippi Hedren, who was discovered by film producer Alfred Hitchcock, in England for the premiere of his new film 'The Birds' in which she stars. Original Publication: People Disc - HE0061 (Photo by Kent Gavin/Getty Images)
Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren with a bird on the hand in the Cannes film festival, on the occasion of the presentation of the movie ''birds'' (Photo by Jean Claude Pierdet/INA via Getty Images)
Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock miming a bird in the Cannes film festival, on the occasion of the presentation of the movie ''birds'' (Photo by Jean Claude Pierdet\INA via Getty Images)
Film-maker Alfred Hitchcock chats with ex-model Tippi Hedren, who stars in his latest picture, The Birds. in her first role, portrays a san Francisco playgirl whose practical joke causes hordes of birds to attack California ans. March 12, 1963. (Photo by Anthony Calvacca/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) and Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) and Lydia Brenner (Jessica Tandy) fight off a bird attack in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Photo shows miss Tippi Hedren plays in the Alfred Hitchcock newest film. The Birds. March 12, 1963. (Photo by Anthony Calvacca/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
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But the now-86-year-old actress told Inside Edition that she stopped his advances toward her and he "never got that far."

Hitchcock retaliated with cruelty, Hedren claims, even replacing mechanical birds with real ones in some of the most famous scenes from The Birds.

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They spent five days filming a two-minute scene — an experience she describes in her book as "brutal, ugly and relentless." She was pecked at and began to really bleed on set.

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"He told me he'd ruin my career. I told him, 'do what you have to do,'" she told Inside Edition.

Despite Hitchcock's threats, Hedren's legacy lives on in daughter Melanie Griffith and granddaughter Dakota Johnson.

"They are successful, beautiful, caring, charming. I'm very proud to have them as my legacy. We have a good time," she said.

Click Here to Read an Excerpt From 'Tippi: A Memoir'

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American actress Tippi Hedren smiles as she arrives in San Sebastian September 15. [Hedren, the mother of actress Melanie Griffith, will participate in a special show celebrating the 100th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's birth during the San Sebastian film festival which starts September 16.] Hedren starred in 1963's Hitchcock film "The Birds".
Actress Tippi Hedren poses with a fake bird on her shoulder as she stands atop her newly unveiled star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, January 30, 2003 in Hollywood. One of Hedrin's most famous roles was in the 1963 thriller, "The Birds," directed by Alfred Hitchcock. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP/HB
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