Haris

By Haris

LifeBuzz Staff

You Will Not Believe What Lives With This Famous Actress In Her Own House.

In 1969, Tippi Hedren, best known for her role in Hitchcock’s The Birds, was in Africa filming a movie when she visited an old, abandoned house that was occupied by 30 lions and cubs. Her husband, Noel Marshall, and her were inspired and decided to make a movie about it, but when they told an animal trainer they needed 50 lions for the movie they were told, “you can’t simply force a bunch of adult lions, strangers to each other, to live together. They’re individuals that have to be introduced gradually or they may kill each other or you.” After hearing that, Tippi and Noel created their own pride of 50 homegrown lions, acquiring them one by one.

Tippi’s family raised the lions for awhile preparing for the movie and their Sherman Oaks home became a house for lion cubs. During the movie production of Roar, Tippi’s daughter, Melanie Griffith, was attacked by a lion and needed 50 stitches, and the photography director was attacked and scalped. The movie ended up being a flop, but one great thing that came out of it all was Shambala, a 60-acre sanctuary for abandoned and unwanted lions, tigers, leopards, elephants, and other exotic animals. To this day, 84-year-old Tippi is a den mother and lives with them in a 2-bedroom cottage. She has spent most of her life as animal protector and conservationist.

Tippi wants to remind everyone, “Do not, ever, buy a wild animal of any kind as a pet !” She also adds that “we should work to try to maintain their territories out in the wild and keep them there. That’s where they should be.”

Tippi Hedren rests on Neil as she reads a newspaper in her home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Tippi Hedren rests on Neil as she reads a newspaper in her home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

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Lions are almost as comfortable as a pillow…

Lions are almost as comfortable as a pillow…

Michael Rougier/Time & Life Pictures

Sometimes they bite.

Sometimes they bite.

Michael Rougier/Time & Life Pictures

The housekeeper steps over the large lion lying on the kitchen floor.

The housekeeper steps over the large lion lying on the kitchen floor.

Michael Rougier/Time & Life Pictures

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