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Hollywood Marks 50th Anniversary of ‘The Birds’

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — It’s the 50th anniversary of an Alfred Hitchcock classic — “The Birds.”

Talk about a movie with legs! When the foul foes started hunting humans instead of worms in a small seaside town, movie-goers flocked to theaters back in 1963.

Now, star Tippi Hedren is hitting the red carpet to celebrate the anniversary in Hollywood.

“‘The Birds’ was my first movie, so there was a huge responsibility in having a leading role in a major motion picture,” Hedren said.

The experience was dramatized in the recent HBO film “The Girl” starring Sienna Miller as Hedren.

The film was scary indeed, complete with a victim whose pecked-out eyeballs sparked many a nightmare.

Veronica Cartwright was only 12 when she worked with the master of suspense.

“It was an incredible experience — all those birds coming down the chimney,” she said. “We were all in a big plastic bubble with the lens going through.”

Along with the half-century anniversary, new details are coming to light about the relationship between Hedren and Hitchcock.

In addition to fighting off beaks and claws, the leading lady had to fend off Hitchcock’s endless sexual advances.

“To be the object of someone’s obsession is a horrible situation for any woman,” Hedren said.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to say “no” and feel good about it,” she added.

“You may lose something but you will walk away with your head held high and never have to think about it again.”

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