There will be no tweeting for this “Birds” star.
Actresses who put every detail of their lives on social media are missing out on one of the best parts of being a Hollywood star, according to Hollywood legend Tippi Hedren.
“Hollywood has always had a mystique about it, and I would hate to see that go away,” the amazingly sprightly 87-year-old told us at the annual Heroes of Hollywood luncheon fundraiser in Los Angeles.
“I think it’s important that there’s a mystique about it and that always causes a real interest and people want to know more. And maybe when they don’t get enough (information), that’s all right.”
The mystery deficit is not the only reason to miss the pre-digital era, says Hedren, a former model who made her Hollywood debut in 1961, in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”
“There’s no way to keep anything private anymore, I believe. You have to be very, very careful about what you say and where you go, who you talk to,” she said. “It gets to be very secretive and kind of sad.”
Last fall, Hedren famously wrote a memoir that alleged Hitchcock “sexually abused” her when they worked together half a century ago. But is does seem that there are certain aspects of the old Hollywood PR machine that she doesn’t mind.
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“There’s really nobody to protect you anymore, because of that ease of getting publicity out,” she said. Hedren claims that because of social media “actresses today have to be very careful with how they present themselves with what they say.”
Hedren’s granddaughter Dakota Johnson may be paying attention to her grandmother’s oversharing warnings — the “Fifty Shades of Grey” star has a minimal presence on Twitter, though her mom, Melanie Griffith, has an active account.
As for Johnson’s steamy star turn in the sexy “Grey” movies, Hedren says she’s a proud grandmother — but she’s not watching.
“I haven’t seen them; Melanie hasn’t either,” she says. “At this point, I don’t see it in the future. It’s just not my thing.”