Actress Tippi Hedren, most famous for her role in the 1963 Hitchcock film, The Birds, was attacked from above once again. In 2006, while rehearsing for the TV show Fashion House, a gallon of water fell from the ceiling onto her head. It is speculated that the water had accumulated under the soundstage’s plywood roof because a bird’s nest was blocking a condensation tube in the air conditioning system. This event precipitated six years of litigation, according to The Hollywood Reporter, culminating in a California appeals court’s recent decision to affirm a nearly $1.5 million judgment in her favor.
Hedren had long suffered from severe headaches. In 2006, shortly before taking the role in Fashion House, she underwent spinal fusion surgery. The operation brought her tremendous relief. She testified it was “a miracle”, and once free of headaches, was cleared to play the non-action role of a woman dying of cancer on the show. But after she was struck on the head by water while rehearsing at Stu Segall Studios in San Diego, the headaches returned. She tried various remedies including chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, medications, Botox injections and nerve block injections, but the headaches persisted.
In October 2006 she retained attorney Joseph Allen to file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner and lessee of the soundstage.The attorney appears to have made an error. In March 2007, Allen filed a complaint, but shortly before the trial readiness conference, he dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice. He failed, however, to first obtain an agreement by the defendants to toll the statute of limitations. As a result, when the lawsuit was refiled, the defendants successfully defeated it by arguing that it came too late.