Alfred Hitchcock

Shambala photos with Tippi Hedren



I was so happy to visit with Tippi Hedren at her beautiful Shambala preserve.  She and her staff are dedicated to allow the magnificent animals at Shambala to live out their lives with love and dignity. Each “Wild One” has the best human, nutritional, medical, emotional, and mental care possible. The great photos here were taken by Bill Dow.


Tippi Hedren’s Shambala Preserve

Safari Sunset shambala

The Roar Foundation, was founded by actress Tippi Hedren in 1983 to support the exotic felines at  the Shambala Preserve in Acton, California.  The mission is to educate the public about the dangers of private ownership of exotic animals.  Shambala is home to over 50 rescued big cats: lions, tigers, cougars, black and spotted leopards, bobcats, and Asian leopard cats, who live out their lives at Shambala.

Large numbers of dangerous animals are bred and sold for illegal purposes in the United States.  The foundation supports more stringent legislation to protect these animals from cruel and unfair treatment.

Tippi Hedren has done many legendary films and she is the star of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.  She is the mother to actress Melanie Griffith and is the President of the Roar Foundation, the group that funds Shambala.  She believes that she has found her calling by providing homes for all of these beautiful rescued animals.

Here are some additional beautiful photos on my website at Shambala shot by Bill Dow:                                 

For more information please visit the Shambala website at:

Photo by Bill Dow






Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “Psycho” — I helped with the special effect for the skull!

Skull from Psycho

While we were filming Leave it to Beaver, Bob Dawn was hired as the make-up man for the first season.  His specialty was appliances and special effects.  In the episode “The Haircut ”  he created an appliance for me to wear which was made to look like I had “butchered” my own hair.  And, at the end of the show he made another appliance which was a mohawk.  Like his father Jack Dawn, Bob was also one of the top make-up artists in Hollywood, especially for specialty make-up.  While he was working on our show, Alfred Hitchcock hired him to prepare a skull for the final scenes of Psycho.  He brought it to our set to age it and glue long hair on it to make it look like the corpse of Mrs. Bates.  He had to apply each strand one by one.  I was fascinated and asked him if I could help.  He said “yes” and for the next few days, with his guidance, I attached some hair strands one by one on the skull.  As a young boy, I thought, what could be cooler than this!!!

(The above photo was taken right after we opened the box from the medical supply company that supplied the skull that Bob had ordered for Psycho)

A clip from Leave it to Beaver – “The Haircut” —



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