In 1971 This Family Lived with a Real Lion Named Neil

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It might be pretty hard to imagine living with a real lion especially if that lion went by the name of Neil, but that is exactly what this family did back in 1971. You might imagine that it would be pretty dangerous and you would be right.

In 1971 after a trip to Africa, actress Tippi Hedren, her husband Noel Marshall, and their actress daughter Melanie Griffith felt inspired to make a movie about lions. They got advice from animal trainer Ron Oxley that “to get to know about lions, you’ve got to live with them for a while,” so thats exactly what they did.

They lived with Neil the lion and photographer Michael Rougier captured their time spent together. All was well until it was time to start filming the movie, Roar. During filming Melaine was attacked by a lioness and needed 50 stitches and cinematographer Jan de Bont had to have his scalp sewn back on. Overall the film was a disaster, it was still completed but during filming many more people were injured by the large cats and the film made a huge loss at the box office.

Hedren & Neil The Lion

In The Kitchen With Neil The Lion

Marshall & Neil The Lion

Hedren & Neil The Lion

Hedren & Neil The Lion

Griffith & Neil The Lion

Griffith & Neil The Lion

Griffith & Neil The Lion

Hedren & Neil The Lion

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