Melanie Griffith (born August 9, 1957) is an American film actress. She is the daughter of actress Tippi Hedren and Peter Griffith . Griffith began working in films at an early age as an extra on Smith! (1969) and The Harrad Experiment (1973). Her first major role was in Night Moves in 1975. Other major roles include Body Double (1984), Something Wild (1986), Working Girl (1988), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Milk Money (1994), Another Day in Paradise (1998) and Cecil B. DeMented (2000). Griffith has married four times. She was briefly married to Don Johnson in 1976. She was married to Steven Bauer from 1980 to 1987. She remarried Johnson in 1989. The couple divorced again in 1996 and Griffith married her current husband Antonio Banderas that same year. Griffith has three children; Dakota Johnson, Alexander Bauer, and Stella Banderas.
Hollywood actress Melanie Griffith stole the scene with her role of Holly in
Brian De Palma’s Body Double (1998), in which she won a National Society of Film
Critics Award and received a Golden Globe nomination for her impressive
performance. Carrying on even further, the 1975 Miss Golden Globe took home a
Golden Globe Award and became an Oscar and BAFTA nominee thanks to her charming
portrayal of secretary Tess McGill in the comedy Working Girl (1988). The
recipient of two Razzie Awards (for roles in the 1992 Shining Through and the
1997 Mulholland Falls), Griffith kicked back by taking the turn of Lucille
Vinson in the 1999 Crazy In Alabama, where she netted a Sant Jordi Award.
Receiving a Taormina International Film Festival Diamond award in 2000, the
actress also presented noteworthy performances in Something Wild (1986), Buffalo
Girls (1995, TV) and RKO 281 (1999, TV).
Off camera, Griffith has undergone cosmetic surgery, which began when she was
mauled by a lion in the filming of Roar (1977). Consequently, according to
experts in 2003, the surgeries (along with the sun) have irreparably damaged
Griffith’s skin. She is also known for her alcoholism and drug addiction since
the collapse of her first marriage. Ultimately, the bad habits hit the highest
point in 1980 when the drunken actress was struck by an oncoming car. Medics
stated that it was only by virtue of her intoxication that Melanie survived the
impact of the accident. After being saved by her second husband, Griffith again
fell into addiction and had to check into Minnesota’s Hazelden Center after her
second marriage faltered. Legally speaking, in April 2006, she was sued by a
costume designer after refusing to pay a $26,000 bill for dresses bought for the
Griffith has been married four times. Her first marriage was to actor Don
Johnson and her second marriage was to actor Steven Bauer. Remarrying Don
Johnson, they divorce again in 1996. She is now the wife of Antonio Banderas
(1996-now), as well as the mother of a son and two daughters.
19-Year Old Bride
Childhood and Family:
Born on August 9, 1957, in New York, Melanie Griffith is the only daughter of
actors Peter Griffith (born on October 23, 1933, died on May 14, 2001 of
emphysema complications) and Tippi Hedren (born on January 19, 1931). In 1961,
Melanie’s parents ended their nine-year marriage. Melanie’s father then married
actress Nanita Greene, whereas her mother wedded Noel Marshall. Melanie is also
the stepsister of Tracy Griffith (actress, born in 1965) and Clay Griffith (born
A graduate of Hollywood Professional School in Los Angeles, California, Melanie
was guided by her mother to try acting. After a couple of screen performances,
Melanie studied acting with Stella Adler in New York.
At the age of 14, Melanie became acquainted with 22-year old actor Don Johnson.
When she was 19, she married him, but the bond lasted only a short time.
Melanie’s second marriage was in May 1982, to actor Steven Bauer. The marriage
ended in divorce in 1987. They have a son named Alexander Bauer (born in 1985).
Two years after the divorce, the actress remarried Don Johnson, but they
separated in 1996. Melanie and Don share a daughter named Dakota Mayi Johnson
(born on October 4, 1989). The same year as the break up, the actress married
actor Antonio Banderas (born on August 10, 1960) in London. The happy couple has
a daughter named Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith (born on September 24,
Young Melanie Griffith began her long journey in acting with a debut as an extra
in the western movie Smith (1969). She also appeared as an extra in the romantic
drama The Harrad Experiment (1973), starring her mother and her future first
husband, Don Johnson. Two years later, Griffith acquired a bigger role as Delly
Grastner in the Arthur Penn-directed thriller Night Moves, and followed it up
with a small turn as Jinny Massengale in the miniseries “Once an Eagle” (1976).
Subsequent to her supporting role of Susie in Joyride (1977), the actress had
her first regular role in the sitcom “Carter Country” (1978-1979), as Tracy
Quinn. She made her first TV movie appearance as the girl in a hotel room in
Daddy, I Don’t Like It Like This (1978). 1975 Miss Golden Globe was then cast as
Melanie in the adventure movie Roar (1981), which was directed, written,
produced and starred in by her stepfather Noel Marshall.
After taking a break to study acting, Griffith returned to the screen and
immediately gained attention with the role of Holly in Brian De Palma’s drama
thriller Body Double. Her impressive performance won a National Society of Film
Critics for Best Supporting Actress and a Golden Globe nomination for Best
Supporting Actress. Following her appearance with her mother in the made-for-TV
drama mystery Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985), the actress had the Golden
Globe-nominated role of the free-spirited Audrey Hankel/Lulu in Jonathan Demme’s
Something Wild (1986). She was also seen as Christine Von Marburg in an episode
of the TV series “Miami Vice” (1987).
Griffith’s silver screen breakthrough arrived when acclaimed director Mike
Nichols chose her to play struggling secretary Tess McGill in the comedy Working
Girl (1988), in which her superb acting garnered her a Golden Globe for Best
Actress, as well as earned an Oscar and BAFTA nomination for Best Actress. It
was followed with roles in Pacific Heights (1990) and Paradise (1991, played
However, the performer was given a Razzie for Worst Actress after taking the
role of Linda Voss in the war drama Shining Through (1992). Not giving up,
Griffith undertook the role of Billie Dawn in the mediocre Born Yesterday (1993)
and played Bruce Willis’ wife in the adaptation of Richard Russo’s novel titled
Nobody’s Fool (1994). She then received a Golden Globe nomination for her turn
as Dora DuFran in Buffalo Girls (1995, TV).
After playing the female lead in the romantic comedy Two Much (1996), Griffith
unfortunately won her second Razzie, this time for Worst Supporting Actress, for
her performance in Mulholland Falls (1997). Melanie next took on the role of
attorney Kitt Devereux in Shadow of Doubt (1998).
In 1999, she was cast as abused Lucille Vinson in Antonio Banderas’ directing
debut Crazy In Alabama. Thanks to her witty portrayal, she took home a Sant
Jordi for Best Foreign Actress. The same year, she gave a fine turn as Marion
Davies in the TV drama RKO 281 and received an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination
for Best Supporting Actress. Griffith’s all out performances granted her a
Diamond award from the 2000 Taormina International Film Festival.
Griffith had the title role of a schizophrenic seeking her old sweetheart in
Forever Lulu (2000), played Diane Milford in Tart (2001) and lent her voice for
Margalo the Bird in the animated family movie Stuart Little 2 (2002), before
exploring her skills on stage. In 2003, she performed on Broadway for the first
time, executing the role of murderess Roxie in the musical production of
“Chicago.” Her lovely acting, singing and dancing soon brought her rave reviews
from the “New York Times” theater critic.
Two years later, Griffith took a part as Miranda Wells in the made-for-TV drama
comedy Heartless, for director Robert Markowitz. She was also cast in the
regular role of Lee Arnold in the sitcom “Twins” (2005-2006). Griffith will soon
be seen in the drama Have Mercy (2006). Written by Valarie Trapp, the motion
picture is helmed by Kathy Bates.
Taormina International Film Festival: Diamond Award, 2000
Sant Jordi: Best Foreign Actress, Crazy In Alabama, 2000
Razzie: Worst Supporting Actress, Mulholland Falls, 1997
Razzie: Worst Actress, Shining Through, 1993
Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Leading Role-Musical or Comedy, Working
National Society of Film Critics: Best Supporting Actress, Body Double,
Golden Globe: Miss Golden Globe, 1975