Marilyn’s Contemporaries: Tippi Hedren

Life and Career

Nathalie Kay Hedren was born in the small town of Lafayette, Minnesota, on January 19, 1930 to parents Dorothea and Bernard Hedren, becoming the baby sister to Patricia Hedren, who was four years older. The name change to “Tippi” came not from a studio, but from her adoring father, who called her tupsa as a child, the Swedish term for “little sweetheart,” which soon evolved into “Tippi.”


Tippi was incredibly shy as a child, but quickly developed a passion for figure skating, fantasizing about one day becoming a professional figure skater when she grew up.However, once a severe inflammation in her left heel prevente