This is what happens when a lion becomes part of the household. These pictures show Tippi Hedren – star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds – with her huband Noel Marshall, and her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, and their lion Neil. Melanie is Tippi’s daughter from her first marriage to Peter Griffith. At the time these pictures were taken, Melanie was 19.
While filming in Africa in 1969, Hedren and her husband saw an abandoned house which had been taken over and inhabited by lions. On their return to America, theydeterminedto make a film about – and with – lions, based on what they had witnessed, and to raise awareness of the endangered status of lions.
“Roar” starred Hedren and Marshall, with Melanie paying Hedren’s on-screen daughter. The film was written and directed by Marshall and produced by Marshall and Marshall.
Hedren and Marshall envisoned working with and filming big cats on a vast scale, bringing together 150 large cats – the largest private collection ever assembled. The cost of managing so many untrained animals contributed to the film’s huge production costs.