Melanie Griffith Biography

Birthday: 1957-08-09
Place of Birth: New York City, New York USA
Height: 5' 9¼" (1.76 m)
Wiki Biography: Melanie Griffith was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City to model Tippi Hedren and advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her parents' marriage ended in 1961 and Tippi came to Los Angeles to get a new start. Tippi caught the eye of the great director Alfred Hitchcock, who gave her starring roles in The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). Tippi married her then-agent Noel Marshall in 1964, and Melanie grew up with three stepbrothers (they divorced in 1982). Meanwhile, her father married Nanita Greene Samuels, with whom he had two children: Melanie's half-siblings Tracy Griffith and Clay A. Griffith. Melanie also grew up with tigers and lions, as Tippi and Noel were raising them for the movie Roar (1981), in which the family later starred. Her career began as a model at just nine months old and she later appeared as an extra in Smith! (1969) and The Harrad Experiment (1973), where she fell in love with her mother's co-star, Don Johnson. She was only fourteen years old, while he was a twice-divorced 22-year-old. Tippi took a very liberal approach and allowed Melanie to move in with Don at a tender age. She skipped a grade and graduated from Hollywood Professional School when she was just sixteen. Even though Melanie didn't like modeling, she continued to do so to pay the bills. One day, she went to meet with director Arthur Penn for what she thought was a modeling assignment. It was actually an audition for his film Night Moves (1975), and Penn cast her as a runaway nymphet. She was terrified performing in front of the camera, but Penn took a paternal interest in her, and she, in turn, gave a riveting performance. Her racy nude scenes in the film immediately typecast in more nymphet roles, with her beautiful nude body a permanent fixture in these films. She married Johnson in 1976 when she was 18, but the union only lasted a few months, when her early movie success outshone his. She became addicted to drugs and alcohol, a fact known to film executives who refused to cast her in anymore films. She turned to acting in television, which is where she met her second husband, actor Steven Bauer on the set of the TV movie She's in the Army Now (1981) (TV). He helped her to overcome her addictions and got her to take acting classes with Stella Adler in New York. The classes paid off, as director Brian De Palma cast her as a porno actress in his murder mystery Body Double (1984). Her sexy, funny performance won her rave reviews and a Best Supporting Actress Award by the National Society of Film Critics. Jonathan Demme was so impressed with her performance that he cast her in Something Wild (1986) without even auditioning her. Melanie again got critical plaudits. The birth of her first child, Alexander, in 1985, didn't help to save her struggling marriage, and she and Bauer divorced in 1987. Melanie's career skyrocketed when Mike Nichols cast her in Working Girl (1988), a box office hit for which she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Comedy. However, her ongoing substance abuse problems had almost gotten her fired from the film, and Nichols pushed her into a rehabilitation clinic. En route to the clinic, she called Don Johnson for support, and they reconciled after her release from the clinic. She got pregnant in 1989 with their daughter Dakota Johnson, and they remarried that year. Now sober, Melanie concentrated on her film career, but the two-year absence after "Working Girl" took a toll, especially since three younger actresses had breakout films: Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (1990), and 'Demi Moore' in Ghost (1990). She tried to compete with them, but the films she chose flopped badly, such as her re-teaming with director 'Brian De Palma' in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). Even though she gave heartfelt performances in all her films, she was often miscast, with her breathy little-girl voice not helping matters in her starring roles as a spy in Shining Through (1992) and as a homicide detective going undercover in the Hassidic Jewish community in New York City in A Stranger Among Us (1992). She made a minor comeback as a desperate housewife in the Oscar-nominated Nobody's Fool (1994), which she followed with another decent hit Now and Then (1995). But her personal life was making headlines again when she left Johnson because of his own substance-abuse problems, reconciled with him when he became sober, only to leave him again, this time for Antonio Banderas, her married co-star from Two Much (1995). Both she and Banderas created a scandal in 1995 with their torrid romance, and the tabloids followed their every move, including her divorce from Johnson and his divorce from wife Ana Leza. Melanie became pregnant with her third child, and she and Banderas married in 1996. Their daughter Stella Banderas was born later that year, and the notorious couple were forgiven by the public and the media. Once again, Melanie resurrected her career by getting strong reviews for her performance as a heroin addict on the run in the crime drama Another Day in Paradise (1998). She also acted in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998) with Leonardo DiCaprio, then the made-for-cable movie RKO 281 (1999) (TV), in which she played actress Marion Davies, a part that garnered her Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Greenmoon Productions, the production company that she formed with Banderas, produced several flops, such as her starring vehicle Crazy in Alabama (1999) (directed by Banderas). She became dependent to pain killers and returned to rehab in 2000. She experienced a great loss in 2001, when her father died at age 67. After starring in the little-seen independent films Cecil B. DeMented (2000), Along for the Ride (2000), and Tempo (2003), Melanie turned to the Broadway stage in 2003 and emerged with a rave review from the New York Times theater critic, and also packed houses for her turn as the murderess "Roxie" in the musical "Chicago". It renewed her confidence, as she had never sang, danced or been on the Broadway stage before. In 2005, she surprised viewers by playing a sexy mom to the title characters on the TV series "Twins" (2005). However, the series was canceled after one season. Her career took another blow when her next attempt at a TV series, "Viva Laughlin" (2007) with Hugh Jackman, was canceled after two episodes. Melanie would not act again for the remainder of the decade. In 2009, she was back in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction. She stayed for three months, and was treated for skin cancer in December that year. Melanie has had many obstacles in her life, but she has overcome them thanks to the support of her husband Antonio Banderas, her three children, and mother Tippi Hedren. Banderas and Griffith are involved in many charities, including raising funds for Tippi's Shambala preserve, a refuge for wild animals.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Working Girl Tess McGill 1988 Comedy
Now And Then Tina 'Teeny' Tercell 1995 Comedy
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Kristin 2013 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Drowning Pool 1975 Game Show, 0
Roar Melanie 1981 Adventure, Thriller
Fear City 1984 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Body Double Holly Body 1984 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Something Wild 1986 Comedy, 0
Cherry 2000 1987 Sport, 0
The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 Comedy, Fantasy, Drama
Stormy Monday 1988
Working Girl Tess McGill 1988 Comedy, Romance, Drama
Working Girls Tess McGill 1988 Comedy, Romance, Drama
Pacific Heights Patty Palmer 1990
In the Spirit Lureen 1990 Comedy
The Bonfire of the Vanities Maria Ruskin 1990 Comedy, Drama
Shining Through 1992 Drama, Romance, Thriller
A Stranger Among Us 1992 Crime, Drama, Romance
Born Yesterday Billie Dawn 1993 Comedy, Romance
Milk Money V 1994 0
Two Much Betty Kerner 1995
Now and Then Tina 'Teeny' Tercell 1995 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Mulholland Falls Katherine Hoover 1996 Game Show, Comedy
Another Day in Paradise Sid 1998
Shadow of Doubt Kitt Devereux 1998 Mystery, Thriller
Lolita Charlotte Haze 1998 Drama, Romance
Celebrity Nicole Oliver 1998 Comedy, Drama
Crazy in Alabama Lucille Vinson 1999 0, 0
RKO 281 Marion Davies 1999 Drama
Cecil B. Demented Honey Whitlock 2000 Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Forever Lulu Lulu McAfee 2001 Comedy, Romance
Stuart Little 2 Margalo the Bird 2002 0, 0, Drama
Searching for Debra Winger 2002 Documentary
Tempo Sarah James 2003 Romance, Crime, Thriller
The Night We Called It a Day 2003 Comedy, Drama
Sammy's avonturen: De geheime doorgang Snow 2010 Animation, Adventure, Family
Dino Time Tyra 2012 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Yellow Patsy 2013 Drama
Dark Tourist Betsy 2013 Drama, Thriller
Autómata Dra. Dupre 2014 Thriller
Night Moves 2014 Game Show
Day Out of Days Kathy 2015
Back to the Jurassic Tyra 2015 Animation
Paradise Lily Reed 2016
Nobody's Fool Toby Roebuck 2018 0, Biography