Alfred Hitchcock gave Melanie Griffith a miniature of her mother in a coffin, says Dakota Johnson


Dakota Johnson says famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock once sent a miniature of his grandmother, Tippi Hedren, in a coffin to ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ star Melanie Griffith’s mother.

Hedren was Hitchcock’s famous muse, appearing in his films ‘The Birds’ and ‘Marnie’.

However, in her 2016 memoir “Tippi,” Hedren wrote that the filmmaker terrorized her for years after rejecting her advances. She also accused Hitchcock of sexually assaulting her and ruining her career by preventing other filmmakers from hiring her.

During an interview with Vanity Fair, Johnson said his mother, Griffith, received the creepy mini coffin as a Christmas present from Hitchcock when she was just a child.

“It’s alarming and dark and really, really sad for this little girl,” Johnson said. “Really scary.”

Johnson added: “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.”

During the interview, Johnson also recalled attending a screening of the Emmy-nominated HBO film “The Girl,” which depicted Hitchcock’s obsession with Hedren.

The actor said neither she nor her grandmother, who attended the screening with Johnson, were told about the film’s content.

Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson on a red carpet in 2010.

Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson at the premiere of “Biutiful” on December 14, 2010.

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“It was one of those times when you were like, ‘How could you not tell us?'” Johnson said. “We’re in a room with frames. Maybe that warranted a little chat beforehand? You look up and you see a woman who just remembered everything she’s been through, and it was heartbreaking . She was an incredible actress and it stopped stopping her from having a career.”

This isn’t the first time Johnson has opened up about the famous filmmaker’s obsession with her grandmother.

Johnson told The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast last year that Hedren encouraged her and Griffith to stand up for themselves after their struggles with Hitchcock.

“She was always very honest and firm in defending herself. She did that,” 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: “It’s hard to talk about it because she’s my grandmother. You don’t want to imagine someone taking advantage of your grandmother.”


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