Sunday, November 13, 2016

New/Old Polaroid of Dakota for "A Magazine"

Dakota contributed to "A Magazine", curated by Alessandro Michele for the theme "Blind For Love" -- More information here.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Tippi Hedren talks about Dakota with DailyMail

Melanie and Don married for a second time in 1989, 13 years after their first wedding, and had a daughter, Dakota Johnson, now the star of Fifty Shades of Grey opposite Jamie Dornan. ‘Melanie and I haven’t seen it yet,’ says Tippi of the decidedly un-grandmother-friendly film. ‘But I have a copy of it [on DVD]. Of course, I’m a bit wary of watching it. Maybe I should have Dakota with me while I do so she can warn me when to leave the room,’ she teases.

Still, Dakota’s success must make her a very proud grandma? ‘I am proud, but I don’t like that “grandma” stuff,’ she says politely but firmly. ‘They call me mormor instead, which is Swedish for grandma.’

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jamie Dornan mentions Dakota with Inquirer

Two movies

Asked about his reaction to reports that he has been fired from the two next “Fifty Shades,” even though these two movies had already been completed, Jamie joked again, “I’ll go check.”

He added, “Dakota (Johnson) and I were contractually obligated to make three movies, and we shot [parts] two and three back-to-back, so filming is finished.”

Can you talk about how having a new director, James Foley, impacted the next two films, especially how it affected you and Dakota? 

Jamie: Both Dakota and I are very close to Sam Taylor-Johnson. I’m seeing her tonight. So, the fact that there’s a new energy at the helm, that could backfire for Dakota and me. We’ve already done one, so we had more to say with regard to the next two. We were in a slightly higher place of authority.

But we still needed someone to steer the ship—and Jimmy Foley made it seamless. It was tricky for Jimmy, as well, coming to a ship that has already set sail, and the first one was very successful. But he wanted to put his own stamp on it—and it worked out very well.

When news came out that “Fifty Shades” was going to be made, the haters were saying that it was going to be horrible. Then, $600 million later, guess who has the last laugh? 

Jamie: I don’t want to ever feel vindicated. I try to avoid quoting Taylor Swift here with “haters gonna hate” (laughs). People are entitled to their opinion. It made a lot of money, but there are lots of people who didn’t like it and had objections with me, Dakota, how it was made, how it looked, what scenes were kept in and what scenes weren’t.

Dakota and I get along well together. Only I know what she’s going through, and only she knows what I’m going through. I’m thankful for that and that we have respect for each other—and we’re great friends.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Tippi Hedren talks about Dakota in her book "Tippi: A memoir"

"In Tippi, this cinematic icon pulls back the veil on her storied life, detailing her rise from humble beginnings in Drepression-era small town Minnesota to becoming the matriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty that includes her movie-star daugther, Melanie Griffith, and her grand-daughter Dakota Johnson."

"My darling Dakota Johnson was the best thing to come out of Melanie's marriage to Don Johnson."


My eternal love and gratitude to...


Carl Eachardt, M.D, Julia and Charles Eackhardt, Bernard Hedren, Dorothea Hedren, Patty Hedren Davis, Melanie Griffith, Alecander Bauer, Dakota Johnson, Stella Banderas..."

"Melanie and Steven Bauer had divorced in 1987, and thirteen years after their brief first marriage, she and Don Johnson reconciled. On October 4, 1989, in Austin, Texas, Melanie gave birth to their exquisite daughter, Dakota. She asked me if I could come, as if there's a force on this earth that could have stopped me. It meant the world to me to be there, and it speaks voulumes about the inclusiveness Melanie inspires that both Melanie and Steven's four-year-old son Alexander and Don and Patti D'Arbanville's seven-year-old son Jesse were in Austin as well to meet their new baby sister."

"As if my daughter of great fortune hasn't already given me enough by being the love of my life and then compounding that love with my three precious grandchildren, Alecander, Dakota and Stella, who call me Mormor (the Swedish word for grandmother). After all she and I have been through, separately and together, the fact that we're closer today than we've ever been is a daily reminder that mistakes, second-guesses, question marks, and all, I am so blessed."

"After a lot of sou-searching and reading that book I mentioned earlier called The Other Side and Back, I don't wish that anymore. Without the journey Melanie and Don took together, there would be no Dakota Johnson, and I can't imagine my life without her. All three of Melanie's children ae so precious to me. I love them so much and cherish my closeness to them. I'm even close to Don's son Jesse, by actress Patti D'Arbanville, thanks in large part to Melanie's inability to stop loving anyone she's ever loved, and her magnanimous, unselfish definition of the world "family."

"I love when my soon-to-be-famous granddaughter, Dakota Johnson, visits Shambala."

"I am so happy to receive this honor surrounded by so much love. Now I have let people walk all over me!"

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dakota interviewed grandmother Tippi Hedren for Vogue UK [December 2016 Issue]

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Golden Years

Tippi Hedren, one of the Hitchcock’s most celebrated blondes, talks to her granddaughter Dakota Johnson about leading men, lions and her new memoir.

Dakota Johnson seems to be in a mild state of shock as she approaches her grandmother Tippi Hedren’s home on the Shambala Preserve – the sanctuary for lions and other big cats that Hedren founded in the Seventies in the wilderness north of Los Angeles, writes Tim Walker.

It’s the first time Johnson has visited since a wildfire swept right up to the property in the summer, leaving rows of charred tree trunks just yards from the animal enclosures.

“This is so weird for me,” she says, staring at the apocalyptic scene from behind the wheel of her Audi SUV. Still, the cats and Hedren’s house remain unscathed, and the 86-year-old welcomes her granddaughter looking as poised and elegant as ever in black, sleeveless, spot-print blouse with a simple diamond necklace given to her by her daughter, Johnson’s mother, Melanie Griffith – the missing link in this three-generation acting dynasty.

Johnson greets Hedren affectionately as Mormor, the Swedish word for granny. Dressed down in a crisp white T-shirt, her blue jeans cinched with a Gucci belt, the Fifty Shades of Grey star, hands over the gifts she has brought: a Marc Jacobs handbag and sunglasses. “These are great! I left my other pair at your mother’s,” Hedren says, trying on the shades – and flashing, as she does so, her long, gold-lacquered nails. Formerly (and famously) a Hitchcock blonde, today her hair is grey and cropped.

Hedren’s housecat, Johnny Depp, prowls the kitchen. He’s not allowed outside, in case he should wander into one of the big-cat enclosures, the closest of which is about 10ft beyond the dining room window and home to a 13-year-old tigress called Mona, who is nowhere to be seen as Hedren and Johnson sit down for lunch. “I have no sense of taste or smell anymore, so I don’t care about food,” says Tippi. “I had two falls and hit my head in the same place, which affected my olfactory nerves. It was over 10 years ago.” “But you do love chocolate…” says her granddaughter. “Yes, but that’s because I loved chocolate before. Its dangerous having no smell though, because I can´t smell smoke. I’ve had all the gas appliances taken out of the house!”

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dakota, Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren in "Vanity Fair" December 2016

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“Find the girl,” Alfred Hitchchock instructed Universal Studios in 1961. He’d seen a TV commercial for Sego, a popular diet shake, featuring a blonde model. Tippi Hedren got the call on Friday, October 13, and was offered a contract before she ever saw “Hitch.” Hedren’s first film, The Birds, earner her a Golden Globe; the second, Marnie, a psychoanalytic mystery-romance with Sean Connery, swept her into Hollywood’s front ranks. It also unraveled Hitchcock’s obsession with his leading lady – Hitchcockian in itself – as he commissioned a plaster cast of her head, built her dressing room beside his studio-lot bungalow, and, worst of all, made offensive advances. Hedren rejected him. “I’ll ruin tour career,” he seethed. “Do what you have to do,” she said as she left his office, slamming the door. They didn’t talk again.

Fifty-five years after that first phone call, Hedren has written a memoir, Tippi (published this month by HarperCollins), not only about Hitchcock but also about Charlie Chaplin, who directed her in A Countess From Hong Kong, and decadesof work at Shambala, her sanctuary for lions, tigers and other big cats. There are also two other women: daughter Melanie Griffith and granddaughter Dakota Johnson, shown her with “Mormor” (‘grandmother’ in Swedish; Hedren’s parents were Scandinavian)- the first time the trio has been photographed together for publication.

“The three generations just made me think about Mom, born in 1930, and me, in the 50s, and Dakota, in the 80s,” says Griffith. “The progression of life is really beautiful.” The women are close-knit, but they don’t give one another acting advice. “No, we never even talk about it,” Hedren says with a laugh. “Isn’t that interesting?”

Would they work together? With the right script, maybe. “We could all be the whole life of a woman,” Griffith suggests. “That’s an interesting idea,” Johnson replies. Then Griffith laughs: “You just helped us come up with a great theme!”


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