Earlier in the week, there were reports that the legendary star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” was awarded a $1.5 million dollar settlement against a former employer. The truth could not be any further from the media reports. The beautiful star of “Marnie,” who has worked tirelessly for legislation at the federal level, to protect the majestic Big Cats from being housed in private homes, also animals for sales and business sales (films, photography, Advertising, etc…) are all in need of protection of their rights, tells Highlight Hollywood exclusively, that the headlines were erroneous and that in fact, she may never see the money, and was stunned that the headlines have gone around the world.
“When I read the story in a Hollywood trade publication, I was sick, Tommy. I have not gotten a dime, and may not see one. All the while I have to raise tens of thousands of dollars each month just to care for these beautiful, thinking and feeling animals, who frankly would be destroyed if allowed to stay where they were. I appreciate every single donation and had to quickly write to and contact our ROAR members to let them know that I did not get the award that magazine claims. And to think, all they had to do was call me for a comment before they ran off to tell the world essentially that I no longer need financial help for these animals,” said the star and animal rights advocate Tippi Hedren.
The beautiful star is fighting for these animals and feels almost betrayed by a publication that really should not have run with a story without verifying and fact-checking it. As the world renowned star clearly stated to Highlight Hollywood in this exclusive interview, the fact is, this is not an award, and she may ever see the monies owed her, and in the meantime, the Big Cats in her charge need to be cared for. So, she’s determined to continue her fight for them, and doesn’t really have time to do lots of interviews, but needed to assure Shambala supporters that there is no flush of cash that has hit Ms. Hedren’s hands, and may never arrive. So, she desperately needs you to continue to support her efforts to protect and give refuge to these beautiful majestic Big Cats, who without Tippi’s tireless commitment, would be abused, neglected or even euthanized. “Tommy, even those who have donated $10.00, $50.00, $100.00 or a $1,000.00, are all so appreciated. Kids have sent money after raising it in schools, these people are so important to me, all of you are so important, and it makes me physically ill to think that there are people out there who believe this work is over now, and that I have the money to care for these creatures, as you know, you’ve been here, it’s ongoing,” said Ms. Hedren.
As we stated, and do again, the California Court of Appeals has affirmed the jury’s verdict, it does not mean that she has received one cent of this verdict. In fact, she has not. Tippi has not yet received one dime of the award which was awarded to her by a jury in September of 2011. Even though the Court of Appeals recently ruled in her favor, the defendant has yet to pay the award. The process of collecting on the jury’s 2011 award is far from over. And may never come to be.
Needing at least one million dollars a year, to keep The Roar Foundation funding The Shambala Preserve, the sanctuary where the rescued exotic felines have been living out their lives since 1972 when she began rescuing these unfortunate dangerous animals. This is a matter Tippi didn’t expect to have to deal with right now. However, she has fought valiantly for decades for the animals who have no voice, just as she stood her ground against the most powerful man in Hollywood, [ Alfred Hitchcock], who essentially destroyed her career and kept her from doing other projects for other filmmakers while bitter about her rebuff of his advances. This woman is not a shrinking violet, she still has the spunk and the fire in her belly to fight for these creatures, but she needs you to know, that she’s not able to do it alone, and that the reports of her abundance of wealth are not only exaggerated, but downright incorrect.
You can make donation and also share this story, please. Send to everyone on your mailing list, that you believe loves animals like Tippi does, and ask them to share the news, that Shambala is still very much in need. Not only deserving, but in need. Maybe someone in Hollywood or on Wall Street looking to make a difference in the lives of these animals can also think about a sizeable donation to help Tippi help her Big Cats.