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Dakota Johnson Reveals Alfred Hitchcock Once Sent a Doll of His Tippi Hedren…in a Coffin

Dakota Johnson talks about an incident involving iconic director Alfred Hitchcock and his star from The Birds – and Johnson’s grandmother – Tippi Hedren.

Johnson, 32, is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, who is herself the daughter of Hedren, 92, Johnson discussing a number of topics in her wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair.

Johnson has revealed the late director, who died in 1980 at 80, was a ‘tyrant’, detailing a disturbing incident involving a Christmas present Hitchcock gave to a very young Griffith as a child, which was ‘a tiny replica’ of Hedren “in a small coffin”.

Opening: Dakota Johnson opens up about an incident involving iconic director Alfred Hitchcock and his star of The Birds – and Johnson’s grandmother – Tippi Hedren

Grandmother: Johnson, 32, is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, who is herself the daughter of Hedren, 92, Johnson discussing a number of topics in her wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair

Grandmother: Johnson, 32, is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, who is herself the daughter of Hedren, 92, Johnson discussing a number of topics in her wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair

Director: Johnson has revealed the late director, who died in 1980 aged 80, was a 'bully', detailing a disturbing incident involving a Christmas present Hitchcock gave to a very young Griffith as a child who was 'a tiny replica 'of Hedren' in a small coffin'

Director: Johnson has revealed the late director, who died in 1980 aged 80, was a ‘bully’, detailing a disturbing incident involving a Christmas present Hitchcock gave to a very young Griffith as a child who was ‘a tiny replica ‘of Hedren’ in a small coffin’

“It’s alarming and dark and really, really sad for this little girl. Really scary,’ Johnson said of the disturbing gift.

“What happened with my grandmother was horrible because Hitchcock was a bully. He was talented and prolific – and important in terms of art – but power can poison people.

Hitchcock’s obsession with Hedren is well documented, with the director making her a star by casting her in The Birds and Marnie.

Alarming: 'It's alarming and dark and really, really sad for this little girl.  Really scary,' Johnson said of the disturbing gift

Alarming: ‘It’s alarming and dark and really, really sad for this little girl. Really scary,’ Johnson said of the disturbing gift

Tyrant:

Tyrant: ‘What happened with my grandmother was horrible because Hitchcock was a tyrant. He was talented and prolific – and important in terms of art – but power can poison people’

However, after refusing her sexual advances, he threatened to ruin his career, Hedren revealed in a 2017 interview with Variety.

“When he told me he was going to ruin me, I just told him to do what he had to do. I walked out the door and slammed it so hard I looked back to see if she was still on her feet,” Hedren said.

The obsession even made it to the big screen, with HBO’s The Girl in 2012, with Toby Jones playing Hitchcock and Sienna Miller playing Hedren.

Denied: However, after refusing her sexual advances, he threatened to ruin his career, Hedren revealed in a 2017 interview with Variety

Denied: However, after refusing her sexual advances, he threatened to ruin his career, Hedren revealed in a 2017 interview with Variety

Slammed: 'When he told me he would ruin me, I just told him to do what he had to do.  I walked out the door and slammed it so hard I looked back to see if it was still on its hinges,' Hedren said.

Slammed: ‘When he told me he would ruin me, I just told him to do what he had to do. I walked out the door and slammed it so hard I looked back to see if it was still on its hinges,’ Hedren said.

Johnson recalled that her whole family went to see The Girl on HBO because they could see how it affected her grandmother.

“We sat down at HBO, my family, and watched this movie together. It was one of those times when you’re just like, How could you not warn us? says Johnson.

“We are in a room with frames. Maybe that deserved a little chat beforehand? You look up and you see a woman who has just been reminded of everything she’s been through, and it was heartbreaking. She was an amazing actress and he stopped her from having a career,’ Johnson said.

Family: Johnson recalled that her whole family went to see The Girl on HBO because they could see how it affected her grandmother

Family: Johnson recalled that her whole family went to see The Girl on HBO because they could see how it affected her grandmother

Warned: “We sat down at HBO, my family, and watched this movie together.  It was one of those times when you're just like, How could you not warn us?  Johnson said

Warned: “We sat down at HBO, my family, and watched this movie together. It was one of those times when you’re just like, How could you not warn us? Johnson said

Johnson previously spoke about Hitchcock in a November 2021 interview, where she revealed her grandmother was still supportive of Johnson becoming an actress, despite everything she’s been through.

“She was always very honest and firm in defending herself. That’s what she did,” Johnson said.

“Hitchcock ruined her career because she didn’t want to sleep with him and he terrorized her. He was never held accountable,’ Johnson added.

Previous: Johnson previously spoke about Hitchcock in a November 2021 interview, where she revealed her grandmother still supported Johnson becoming an actress, despite everything she's been through

Previous: Johnson previously spoke about Hitchcock in a November 2021 interview, where she revealed her grandmother was still supportive of Johnson becoming an actress, despite everything she’s been through

Ruined: “Hitchcock ruined her career because she didn't want to sleep with him and he terrorized her.  He was never held accountable,' Johnson added.

Ruined: “Hitchcock ruined her career because she didn’t want to sleep with him and he terrorized her. He was never held accountable,’ Johnson added.