Rougier was sent to Sherman Oaks, California, where four or five days a week actress Tippi Hedren (1930-), her 13-year-old daughter (and future star) Melanie Griffith (1957-), Hendren’s then husband, agent and movie producer Noel Marshall (1931-2010), and a lion trainer called Ron Oxley shared a mansion with a 450-pound, nine-foot long lion, Neil (who used to play “baddie” lions in the 1960s TV series Daktari). Among photographs Rougier took were three of Marshall at his SCM typewriter in the presence of big Neil.
Hedren has since acknowledged that it was “stupid beyond belief” to put her family at risk by allowing an animal with “no conscience or remorse genes” to roam free. She said she “should never have taken those risks”. In 1969 Hedren had finished filming Mister Kingstreet's War in Africa when she and Marshall stumbled across an abandoned game warden’s house in Mozambique. It had been taken over by a pride of 30 lions who regarded it as their home. The encounter gave the two an idea for a feature film (which eventually became in 1981 the $17 million box office flop Roar) about a family who share their house with scores of lions, tigers and panthers. The movie was funded by Marshall’s earnings as executive producer of William Peter Blatty's 1973 The Exorcist.
Michael Rougier (below) did like photographing people at typewriters. These include actor James Mason watching his wife type, and reporter John Rosenfield of the Dallas News (right of the double pic):