Tippi Hedren earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Daughter Melanie Griffith to present Genesis honor

Melanie Griffith will present her mother Tippi Hedren with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Humane Society of the United States' 24th Genesis Awards to be held March 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s "The Birds," lobbied for the successful passage of the federal Captive Wildlife Safety Act, which prohibits interstate commerce in exotic cats for the pet trade.

Hedren, who began championing lions after working in Africa in the late ‘60s, starred in the 1981 film "Roar" along with Griffith. That led in 1983 to her establishing the Roar Foundation's Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre wildlife refuge in Acton, Ca.

She has also served on the board of the Wildlife Safari and the Elsa Wild Animal Appeal, and she is currently president of the American Sanctuary Assn. and the Roar Foundation.
"Tippi is an extraordinary woman – both a hands-on caregiver to 63 discarded big cats at the Shambala Preserve, as well as a tireless activist who continues to work in support of federal legislation that would ban the breeding of and the trade in exotic animals in the U.S.," Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Hollywood office of the Humane Society of the U.S. and executive producer of the Genesis Awards, said.