Tippi Hedren, an Alfred Hitchcock leading lady in “The Birds” and “Marnie,” is back in the headlines because an HBO film dramatizing her work with Hitchcock premieres Saturday (Oct. 20), starring Sienna Miller as Hedren.

Hedren tells Access Hollywood about Hitchcock’s obsession with her, “It is absolutely horrible. I was caught in this situation of being under contract to him. It was the studio system, so there was really nobody I could go to to talk about this.”

And when she demanded to be let out of her contract, he ruined her career.

“I was followed, he had my handwriting analyzed, he did everything he could to … he made my life absolutely miserable,” and she goes on to talk about how he would try to force himself on her, physically.

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“What I think this film will do is give young women the opportunity to say, ‘I do not have to acquiesce to any demands put upon me that I am not interested in,'” she concludes.

“The Girl” premieres Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

And PS, in case you didn’t know — Tippi Hedren has a famous daughter. None other than Melanie Griffith.

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