Tippi Hedren found fame as the distraught star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” and she’s also known as the real-life mother of actress Melanie Griffith.

But fame and family don’t mean much when it comes to personal injury lawsuits, and Hedren is now being targeted in Los Angeles Superior Court because an aggrieved woman claims she slipped and fell on a staircase at a Hedren-owned property.

And that property isn’t just any house or business, it’s the site of an animal sanctuary in Acton long owned and operated by the 87-year-old actress and animal rights activist.

Blanca Monge filed the personal injury complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, seeking unspecified damages. It wasn’t clear what injuries may have been sustained, how the accident took place nor what Monge was doing on the property.

A representative for Hedren could not be immediately reached. Monge’s lawyers also were not immediately available.

According to the lawsuit, Monge slipped and fell on stairs located on premises owned and managed by Hedren on Soledad Canyon Road last Sept. 11. The lawsuit does not state whether the location was a home or a business, but the address given in the lawsuit is that of the Shambala Preserve animal sanctuary. Hedren founded the Roar Foundation in 1983 to support the preserve.

–City News Service

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