Melanie and Don married for a second time in 1989, 13 years after their first wedding, and had a daughter, Dakota Johnson, now the star of Fifty Shades of Grey opposite Jamie Dornan. ‘Melanie and I haven’t seen it yet,’ says Tippi of the decidedly un-grandmother-friendly film. ‘But I have a copy of it [on DVD]. Of course, I’m a bit wary of watching it. Maybe I should have Dakota with me while I do so she can warn me when to leave the room,’ she teases.
Still, Dakota’s success must make her a very proud grandma? ‘I am proud, but I don’t like that “grandma” stuff,’ she says politely but firmly. ‘They call me mormor instead, which is Swedish for grandma.’