Melanie Griffith

Actress, Producer, Model
Actress Melanie Griffith became known for strong-but-sexy characters in such films as "Working Girl" (1988) and "Something Wild" (1986), although, at times her multiple marriages and well-documented battles with ... Read more »
Born: 08/08/1957 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

Day Out of Days 2015 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

Roar 2015 (Movie)

Melanie (Actor)

Automata 2014 (Movie)

Dra. Dupre / Cleo (Actor)

Back To The Jurassic 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Facing the Wind 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tempo 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Grief Tourist 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Call Me Crazy: A Five Film 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Tourist 2013 (Movie)

Betsy (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dino Time 3D 2012 (Movie)

(Voice)

Raising Hope 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Yellow 2011 (Movie)

Patsy (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Viva Laughlin 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Twins 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night We Called It A Day 2005 (Movie)

Barbara Marx Sinatra (Actor)

Shade 2004 (Movie)

Eve (Actor)

The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Searching for Debra Winger 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Tippi Hedren 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

of Margalo (Voice)

Forever Lulu 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2001 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Tart 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

5th Annual ALMA Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Cecil B. Demented 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cecil B. Demented 2000 (Movie)

Honey Whitlock (Actor)

Crazy in Alabama 1999 (Movie)

Lucille (Actor)

Life With Big Cats: Tippi Hedren and Shambala 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Ljuset Haller Mig Sallskap 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

RKO 281 1999 (Movie)

Marion Davies (Actor)

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Book That Wrote Itself 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Another Day in Paradise 1998 (Movie)

Sid (Actor)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Nicole Oliver (Actor)

Lolita 1998 (Movie)

Charlotte Haze (Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mulholland Falls 1996 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

Two Much 1996 (Movie)

Betty Kerner (Actor)

Now and Then 1995 (Movie)

Tina Tercell (Actor)

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Horatio Alger Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Milk Money 1994 (Movie)

V (Actor)

Nobody's Fool 1994 (Movie)

Toby Roebuck (Actor)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Horatio Alger Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Born Yesterday 1993 (Movie)

Billie Dawn (Actor)

The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Stranger Among Us 1992 (Movie)

Emily Eden (Actor)

Shining Through 1992 (Movie)

Linda Voss (Actor)

The Grand Opening of Euro Disney 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Paradise 1991 (Movie)

Lily Reed (Actor)

In the Spirit 1990 (Movie)

Lureen (Actor)

Pacific Heights 1990 (Movie)

Patty Palmer (Actor)

That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 (Movie)

Maria Ruskin (Actor)

Superstars and Their Moms 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cherry 2000 1988 (Movie)

E Johnson (Actor)

Stormy Monday 1988 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The Milagro Beanfield War 1988 (Movie)

Flossie Devine (Actor)

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

Tess McGill (Actor)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

Audrey Hankel/Lulu (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Fear City 1985 (Movie)

Loretta (Actor)

Body Double 1984 (Movie)

Holly Body (Actor)

Golden Gate 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Star Maker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Carter Country 1977 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Joyride 1977 (Movie)

Susie (Actor)

One on One 1977 (Movie)

Hitchhiker (Actor)

Night Moves 1975 (Movie)

Delly Grastner (Actor)

Smile 1975 (Movie)

Karen Love--Miss Simi Valley (Actor)

The Drowning Pool 1974 (Movie)

Schuyler Devereaux (Actor)

The Harrad Experiment 1972 (Movie)

Extra (Actor)

Buffalo Girls (TV Show)

Actor

Once an Eagle (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

She's in the Army Now (TV Show)

Actor

Steel Cowboy (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actress Melanie Griffith became known for strong-but-sexy characters in such films as "Working Girl" (1988) and "Something Wild" (1986), although, at times her multiple marriages and well-documented battles with addiction threatened to overshadow her considerable talent. The daughter of Hitchcock favorite and "The Birds" (1963) star Tippi Hedren, Griffith began her film career while still a teenager in Arthur Penn's "Night Moves" (1975), as an oversexed runaway. Both personal and professional ups-and-downs followed, with a short first marriage to Don Johnson, as well as notable performances in films like "Body Double" (1984). After her Oscar-nominated performance in "Working Girl" Griffith was at the height of her profession when her drug addiction and a string of ill-advised movie projects like "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990) diminished her star power. As her second marriage to Johnson collapsed amidst his alcoholic relapse and rumors of infidelity, Griffith met and fell in love with Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas. Armed with a newfound stability, the actress took on more respectable film roles, most notably an acclaimed portrayal of a drug-addicted criminal opposite James Woods in "Another Day in Paradise" (1998). Always full of surprises, Griffith defied expectations when she wowed audiences with her Broadway debut in the smash hit musical "Chicago" in 2003. Although later projects lacked the high-profile of her earlier work and more rehab stints were required to keep her personal life on track, this child of Hollywood was nothing if not a survivor.

Relationships

Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith

Daughter
Born Sept. 24, 1996 father, Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas Actor

Husband
Met on the set of "Two Much" (1995) while Griffith was still married to Don Johnson Married on May 14, 1996 in London

Steven Bauer Actor

Husband
Met on the set of "She's in the Army Now" (1981) Married 1981 Divorced 1987

Alexander Bauer

Son
Born in 1985 father, Steven Bauer

Nanita Greene

Step-Mother
Married to Melanie's father, Peter Griffith and had two children together

Peter Griffith

Father
Married to Melanie's mother, Tippi Hedren from 1952-1961 later married actress Nanita Greene and Debra Meyer Boyd died in 2001 at age 67 from complications from emphysema

Clay Griffith

Half-Brother
Born c. 1967 son of Peter Griffith and Nanita Greene designed the sets for Melanie Griffith's "Pacific Heights" (1990)

Tracy Griffith

Half-Sister
Born c. 1965 daughter of Peter Griffith and Nanita Greene co-starred with Melanie Griffith in "Fear City" (1985) and "Crazy in Alabama" (1999)

Tippi Hedren Actor

Parent
Played the lead in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963) co-starred with daughter in "The Harrad Experiment" (1973) and "Roar" (1981) married to Melanie's father, Peter Griffith from 1952-1961

Don Johnson Actor

Husband
At 14, Griffith began dating 22-year-old Johnson She was 18 years old when they married Jan. 8, 1976 in Las Vegas, NV Divorced six months later July 1976 Remarried June 26, 1989 She left after meeting Antonio Banderas on set of "Two Much" (1995) Divorce finalized February 1996

Dakota Johnson

Daughter
Born October 4, 1989 father, Don Johnson co-starred with her mother in "Crazy in Alabama" (1999)

EDUCATION

Hollywood Professional School

Los Angeles , California
Graduated when she was just 16 years old

Studied acting with Stella Adler in New York

Milestones

2010

Guest-starred on the seventh and final season of FX's "Nip/Tuck," playing porn-star Kimber Henry's mother

2005

Played the mother of the show's main characters in the short-lived sitcom, "Twins" (WB)

2003

Made her Broadway debut playing Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago"

2003

Joined Sylvester Stallone and Gabriel Byrne for the film, "Shade"

2002

Appeared as herself in Rosanna Arquette's documentary, "Searching for Debra Winger"

2002

Voiced the character of Margalo in "Stuart Little 2"

2000

Played the title role of a mentally unstable woman who seeks an old sweetheart in "Forever Lulu"

2000

Portrayed a veteran movie star kidnapped by a struggling independent filmmaker in "Cecil B. Demented"; written and directed by John Waters

1999

Made London stage debut in the "Vagina Monologues" at the Old Vic theater

1999

Played an aspiring actress who murders her husband in Antonio Banderas' feature directorial debut, "Crazy in Alabama"

1999

Portrayed actress Marion Davies in the HBO movie, "RKO 281," about the making of "Citizen Kane"

1998

Appeared in Woody Allen's ensemble film, "Celebrity"

1998

Offered a rich performance as a drug addicted criminal, opposite James Woods, in "Another Day in Paradise"

1997

Selected by Revlon as spokesperson for line of cosmetics aimed at women over 35 years of age

1997

Played the blowsy Charlotte Haze in Adrian Lyne's remake of "Lolita"; shown on Showtime in the US

1996

Starred opposite future husband Antonio Banderas in the uneven comedy, "Two Much"

1995

Co-starred with Anjelica Huston in the CBS miniseries, "Buffalo Girls"; nominated for a Golden Globe Award

1995

Co-starred with Demi Moore, Rita Wilson, and Rosie O'Donnell in the coming-of-age drama, "Now and Then"

1994

Received good reviews for her role as a desperate housewife in the Oscar-nominated film "Nobody's Fool"; co-starred with Bruce Willis and Paul Newman

1993

Undertook the role of Billie Dawn in an ill-fated remake of "Born Yesterday"

1992

Was unfortunately miscast as an NYC cop who goes undercover in the Hassidic community in "A Stranger Among Us"

1991

Made first film with then-husband Don Johnson, "Paradise"

1990

Co-starred with James Woods, as lovers facing an unwanted pregnancy, in the "Hills Like White Elephants" segment of HBO's "Women & Men: Stories of Seduction"

1990

Re-teamed with director Brian de Palma for the film adaptation of "The Bonfire of the Vanities"; co-starred with Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis

1988

Played a Staten Island secretary with aspirations to succeed in Mike Nichols' "Working Girl"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress

1987

Guest-starred on an episode of "Miami Vice" (NBC); episode directed by Don Johnson, her once-and-future husband

1986

Breakthrough leading role in Jonathan Demme's cult favorite, "Something Wild"

1984

Cast as the female lead in Brian De Palma's "Body Double"

1981

Studied acting with Stella Adler in New York

1981

Starred with mother, Tippi Hedren, in "Roar" (produced by stepfather, Noel Marshall); filmed several years before release

1977

Joined cast of the ABC series "Carter Country" as a series regular

1976

Made TV miniseries debut, "Once an Eagle" (NBC)

1975

Played one of the beauty contestants in the superb satire "Smile"

1975

Made feature acting debut in "Night Moves" at 17 years old

1973

Made film debut as extra in "The Harrad Experiment"; film starred her mother and future first husband, Don Johnson

Moved with family to Los Angeles at age four

Bonus Trivia

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Official Web site is located at www.melanieonline.com

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Griffith entered a rehabilitation clinic in the fall of 2000 to deal with a dependency on prescription medication.

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"I'm okay with the lines because inside I think of myself as 18. I figure the longer I can think that, probably the better I'll be. The minute I realize I'm 42, I'll probably fall apart." - Griffith on aging, to the Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 17, 1999

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"Before we started shooting, people told me it is dangerous to shoot your own wife. But with Melanie, it was like driving a Ferrari. She was easy. I just had to keep her on track." - Antonio Banderas on directing his wife in "Crazy in Alabama" to the New York Post, Oct. 13, 1999

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"I don't care if people say I've made some poor choices in my career. I've put my family first and that's how it should be. But I also have to say that I've changed agents three times in the past ten years. I left Nicole David right after 'Working Girl,' which I never should have done, and I'm back with her now. After Nicole, I went to ICM but left when I learned a script I found for myself was given to another actor. Then I went to CAA with Antonio and, honestly, though I adore Rick Nicita, all the work I got was because a director like Woody Allen, who cast me in 'Celebrity,' or Adrian Lyne, who put me in 'Lolita,' specifically asked for me. Besides [agents] get a bigger commission from someone like Demi Moore at her $12 million than from me at my $3 million. What can I say? Sometimes this town can be really mean and cruel. All the people think of you is that you're as good as your last movie." - Griffith quoted in Movieline magazine, April 1999

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"Adrian Lyne asked me to gain 10 pounds before I started 'Lolita,' which, on top of being tough on my ego playing the mother role, made me feel like a complete porker. And I think everybody in town has had collagen out in their lips, which I did do at one point, but I don't have now. Jesus Christ, I mean, yes, I had my tits done after I had my second child, but I didn't make them bigger. I just had them put back to where they were because after you've had children, your body changes." - Griffith to Movieline magazine, April 1999.

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"People used to tell me I would never make it in this business because of my voice. When I did 'Body Double,' nobody complained. That film made me realize I was OK. And that all I really had to do was work on my craft." - Griffith to Us magazine, September 1994

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Mike Nichols, her director on "Working Girl," calls her "That rare creature that is made for the camera. Her face, her eyes, are transparent; you can see right into her feelings, and you can see what she's thinking. She's a little like a very small, carefully shielded atomic reactor, with a kind of intense power or glow in the middle of her. She doesn't act, she just arrives alive." - From Fun magazine, Dec. 22, 1988

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"Profane and virginal. Street smart and gossamer. Completely spontaneous and totally in control. A big goofball and a sharp operator. Melanie Griffith's career has been built on roles that call upon her to encompass these contradictions." - From an article in Vanity Fair magazine, April 1989

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Griffith checked into the Cirque Lodge, a rehab facility in Utah on August 2009, her rep confirmed. "She is there to reinforce her commitment to stay healthy," says her rep Robin Baum. "This is part of a routine plan that was designed between her and her doctors years ago." This was the third rehab stint for the actress in recent years.

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