Melanie Griffith

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Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith at München Film Festival in 2012
Born Melanie Richards Griffith
August 9, 1957 (1957-08-09) (age 56)
New York City, New York, United States[1][2]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–present
Spouse Don Johnson
(1976; 1989-1996, divorced)
Steven Bauer
(1981-1987, divorced)
Antonio Banderas (1996-present)
Children Alexander Bauer
Dakota Johnson
Stella Banderas
Parents Peter Griffith (deceased)
Tippi Hedren
Relatives Tracy Griffith (half-sister)
Clay A. Griffith (half-brother)

Melanie Griffith (born August 9, 1957) is an American actress. She is the daughter of Tippi Hedren. She has been in many motion pictures. She is an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner for her performance in the 1988 movie Working Girl.

She graduated from Hollywood Professional School when she was 16 years old.[3]

Griffith began work at nine months old in a commercial.[4] In Night Moves she did racy nude scenes at age 17.[4]

Personal life[change | edit source]

At the 1990 APLA benefit with Don Johnson
Griffith with Antonio Banderas at the Shrek Forever After premiere (2010)

At age 14, Griffith began dating 22-year old actor Don Johnson. He co-starred with her mother in The Harrad Experiment. Griffith was an extra. They had a six-month marriage in 1976. Tatum O'Neal said in her 2004 autobiography that around that time, she (then 12) and Griffith (then 18) were in an opium-fueled orgy in a Paris hotel room.[5][6]

In September 1981, Griffith married Steven Bauer. He was her co-star in the TV movie She's in the Army Now. They have a son, Alexander, born on August 22, 1985. The couple divorced in 1987. Griffith later said she had problems with cocaine and liquor after her divorce from Bauer. "What I did was drink myself to sleep at night," she said. "If I wasn't with someone, I was an unhappy girl."[7]

She checked into rehab in 1988.[7] During this time, she got back together with Johnson, became sober and pregnant. They remarried in June 1989. Their daughter, Dakota Johnson, was born on October 4, 1989. They separated in June 1994.[8] They divorced in 1996.

Griffith and Antonio Banderas began a relationship in May 1995 when they began filming Two Much.[9] The couple has been married since May 14, 1996. Their daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith, was born on September 24, 1996. There are reports of trouble in the marriage due to Antonio's closeness to an Indian Actress Mallika Sherawat.[10]

Her father, Peter Griffith, died at age 67 on May 14, 2001.[11]

In 1988, Griffith sought treatment for addiction to painkillers and alcohol after the filming of Working Girl. She went into rehab in 2000 for a painkiller addiction.[12] She returned to rehab in August 2009 for substance abuse problems.[13] She left three months later and underwent surgery for skin cancer in December 2009.[14]

Honors[change | edit source]

  • Named "Star of Tomorrow" by the Motion Picture Booker's Club (1984)
  • Taormina International Film Festival — Diamond Award (2000)
  • Cannes Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement Award (2001)

Filmography[change | edit source]

Year Film Role Notes
1969 Smith! Extra Uncredited
1973 The Harrad Experiment
1975 Night Moves Delly Grastner
The Drowning Pool Schuyler Devereaux
Smile Karen Love
1976 Once an Eagle Jinny Massengale
1977 The Garden Young Girl
One on One The Hitchhiker
Joyride Susie
1978 Daddy, I Don't Like it Like This Girl in Hotel
Steel Cowboy Johnnie
1981 Roar Melanie
Underground Aces Lucy
The Star Maker Dawn Barnett Youngblood
She's in the Army Now Pvt. Sylvie Knoll
Golden Gate Karen
1984 Fear City Loretta
Body Double Holly Body National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Girl
1986 Something Wild Audrey Hankel aka Lulu Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1987 Cherry 2000 Edith 'E' Johnson
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Flossie Devine
Stormy Monday Kate
Working Girl Tess McGill Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction Hadley
In the Spirit Lureen
Pacific Heights Patty Palmer
The Bonfire of the Vanities Maria Ruskin
1991 Paradise Lily Reed
1992 Shining Through Linda Voss
A Stranger Among Us Emily Eden
1993 Born Yesterday Billie Dawn
1994 Milk Money V
Nobody's Fool Toby Roebuck
1995 Buffalo Girls Dora DuFran Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Now and Then Tina 'Teeny' Tercell
Two Much Betty Kerner
1996 Mulholland Falls Katherine Hoover
1997 Lolita Charlotte Haze
1998 Another Day in Paradise Sid Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress also for Crazy in Alabama
Shadow of Doubt Kitt Devereux
Celebrity Nicole Oliver
1999 Crazy in Alabama Lucille Vinson Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress also for Another Day in Paradise
RKO 281 Marion Davies Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2000 Cecil B. Demented Honey Whitlock
Forever Lulu Lulu McAfee Released on DVD as Along for the Ride (2000)
2001 Tart Diane Milford
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself
Stuart Little 2 Margalo the Bird Voice
2003 The Night We Called It a Day Barbara Marx Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Shade Eve
Tempo Sarah
2005 Heartless Miranda Wells
2007 Viva Laughlin Bunny Baxter Supporting role, TV series
2010 Nip/Tuck Brandie Henry Recurring role, TV series
2011 Hot in Cleveland Herself Episode: "Sisterhood of the Traveling SPANX"
2012 This American Housewife Leila Lifetime original series

References[change | edit source]

  1. Melanie Griffith Biography (1957-) Film Reference.com
  2. Ancestry of Melanie Griffith Warg.com
  3. Alumni Hollywood Conservatory of Music and Arts web site
  4. 4.0 4.1 Melanie Griffith biography
  5. O'Neal, Tatum (2004). A Paper Life. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-054097-4.
  6. "Melanie Griffith - Tatum O'neal Corrupted By Griffith" 13 October 2004, Contactmusic.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Not So Magic Johnson" June 20, 1994, Vol. 41, No. 23, People
  8. Chin, Paula (1994-06-20). "Not So Magic Johnson - Marriage, Substance Abuse, Coping and Overcoming Illness, Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith". People.com. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20108381,00.html. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  9. "Winning a Tony". People.com. 1995-06-19. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20100899,00.html. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  10. "Mallika's photo causes trouble in Antonio’s marriage!". http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Mallikas-photo-causes-trouble-in-Antonios-marriage/articleshow/15055171.cms. Retrieved 21-06-2012.
  11. "NewsLibrary.com - newspaper archive, clipping service - newspapers and other news sources". Nl.newsbank.com. 2001-05-17. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=NewsLibrary&p_multi=DSNB&d_place=DSNB&p_theme=newslibrary2&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0F369CA3E7F1D89E&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  12. "Melanie Griffith back in rehab". Inquisitr.com. 2009-08-25. http://www.inquisitr.com/34524/melanie-griffith-back-in-rehab/. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  13. "Melanie Griffith: Return to Rehab Was Planned" interview, August 26, 2009, Parade
  14. "Melanie Griffith has skin cancer surgery". CNN. December 18, 2009. http://edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/12/18/melanie.griffith.cancer/index.html. Retrieved April 9, 2010.

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