|Date of Birth||9 August 1957, New York City, New York, USA|
|Birth Name||Melanie Richards Griffith|
|Height||5' 9¼" (1.76 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
Melanie Griffith was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City to model Tippi Hedren and advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her mother is of Swedish, German, and Norwegian ancestry, and her father was of English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, descent.
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 (they divorced in 1982), and Melanie grew up with three stepbrothers. Meanwhile, her father married Nanita Greene Samuels, with whom he had two more 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 immediately typecast in more nymphet roles, with her beautiful nude body a permanent fixture in films like "Smile" and "One on One". She also married Johnson when she was 18, but it was short-lived, possibly because her early movie success outshone his. Melanie became addicted to drugs and alcohol, a fact well known to studio executives, who stopped considering her for film roles. She switched over to acting on television, and met her second husband, Steven Bauer, on the set of the TV movie She's in the Army Now (1981). He helped her to overcome her addictions and got her to take acting classes with Stella Adler in New York. The classes paid off, and she returned to acting in feature films, when director Brian De Palma cast her as a porno actress in his murder mystery Body Double (1984). She received rave reviews and a National Society of Film Critics awards as Best Supporting Actress, as well as a Golden Globe nomination. Jonathan Demme was so impressed with her performance that he cast her in the title role in Something Wild (1986) without even auditioning her. Again, she received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination.
The birth of her first child, Alexander, in 1985, didn't help to save her struggling marriage, and she and Bauer divorced in 1987. Soon after, 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, making the film had not been easy for her, as she continued to suffer from drug and alcohol addictions. Nichols pushed her into a rehabilitation clinic after filming wrapped. 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 films she chose often flopped badly, such as 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). Melanie had other high-profile flops with Born Yesterday (1993) and Milk Money (1994). It seemed like she was on the verge of a comeback when she received glowing reviews for her supporting role as a desperate housewife in Nobody's Fool (1994) and acted in another minor hit Now and Then (1995). She returned to television and received a Golden Globe nomination for the mini-series "Buffalo Girls" (1995). But it was personal life that made the headlines when she left Johnson because of his own substance-abuse problems, reconciled with him briefly 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 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.
Melanie again tried to resurrect her career by signing onto the television series "Me and George," but it never even aired. She turned to independent films and earned strong reviews for her role as a heroin user on the run in the crime drama Another Day in Paradise (1998). She also acted in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998), and portrayed actress Marion Davies in the made-for-cable TV movie RKO 281 (1999), a part that garnered her both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Melanie also acted in Crazy in Alabama (1999)_, which marked the directorial debut of her husband and produced by the couple's production company, Greenmoon Productions. Unfortunately, the film was yet another major flop for Melanie. In 2000, she had her last major roles to date in the little-seen independent films Cecil B. DeMented (2000) and Along for the Ride (2000). As a result, film offers dried up. That same year, Melanie returned to rehab due to a painkiller addiction. She experienced a great loss in 2001, when her father died at age 67.
In 2003, Melanie turned to the Broadway stage, and packed houses with her turn as the murderess "Roxie Hart" in the musical "Chicago," for which she received a rave review from the New York Times theater critic. It renewed her confidence, as she had never sang, danced or been on the Broadway stage before. In 2005, she surprised TV viewers by playing a sexy mom to the title characters on the sitcom Twins (2005), which was canceled after one season. Her career took another blow when her next attempt at a TV series, Viva Laughlin (2007), was canceled after just two episodes. Melanie would not act again for the remainder of the decade, because, by self-admission, she couldn't obtain any worthwhile roles. In 2009, Melanie was back in rehab yet again for continued substance-abuse problems, and emerged after a three-month stay. Professionally, she was faced with more disappointment in 2012 when This American Housewife (2012), a Lifetime series that Banderas produced for her to star in, never aired. She went back to the stage in 2012 and played mother to Scott Caan in a play that he wrote titled "No Way Around but Through." She impressed Caan enough to recommend her to the producers of his television show "Hawaii Five-O". In 2014, she played a recurring role as his mother on the show.
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. Melanie also runs a non-profit organization for benefiting burned children. She filed for divorce from Banderas on June 2014, citing irreconcilable differences.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ramstep
|Antonio Banderas||(14 May 1996 - present) (filed for divorce) (1 child)|
|Don Johnson||(26 June 1989 - 1996) (divorced) (1 child)|
|Steven Bauer||(May 1982 - 1987) (divorced) (1 child)|
|Don Johnson||(8 January 1976 - 1976) (divorced)|
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Personal Quotes (10)
|The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)||$1,000,000|
|Milk Money (1994)||$2,000,000|