The birds are again at faults for bringing pain down onto Tippi Hedren's head, but this time, she's walking away with $1.5 million in damages.
The Hitchcock blonde was on the set of the TV show Fashion House in 2006 when -- thanks to some nesting birds blocking a tube in the sound stage's air conditioning system -- water fell through the ceiling and onto her head.
Hedren sued after the incident caused the return of her persistent headaches, which she had managed to cure with spinal fusion surgery just months before. But her attorney, Joseph Allen, dismissed the lawsuit without prejudice shortly after filing the first complaint.
While Allen later refiled the suit, the defendants defeated it by successfully claiming it came too late. So in 2009, Hedren sued Allen for malpractice for the penalty she hoped to win from the defendant, and a jury agreed, awarding her $1,483,708 for lost past earnings and lost future earnings.
An appeals court dismissed Allen's motion for a new trial.
"Hedren has suffered daily from severe headaches that limit her ability to take acting work," the ruling said. "We cannot say the award of noneconomic damages is so disproportionate to the evidence that it shocks the conscience and suggests passion or prejudice on the part of the jury."
Hedren, 83, is best known for her roles in Hitchcock films The Birds and Marnie. She famously fell out with the director, but went on to have a steady film and television career.
[The Hollywood Reporter]