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Melanie Griffith was busted for underage driving

Sep 26, 2012 | 5:00am EDT

The Working Girl star reveals her mum, actress Tippi Hedren, taught her to drive so she could be independent at a young age, and her stepfather Noel Marshall gave her a handy piece of advice for getting out of trouble with the law.

Griffith tells U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, "I'm a really good, fast driver. Actually, my mom taught me how to drive when I was about 12 years old. This was a long time ago, so L.A. was different. It was good for her and my stepfather because then they didn't have to get up and take me to school, I could just drive. It's true... I drove to school when I was about 14.

"We had a whole thing that I didn't say my correct name if I got pulled over. I said a different name... My stepfather - one of my mom's husbands who's not alive anymore so I can say this - he was a bit of a criminal. He said to me, 'Whatever you do, don't say your name's Melanie Griffith. Say it's Melanie Marshall and you'll be fine.' So I did!

"I got the ticket and I had to go in (to court) and appear in front of the judge with my stepfather as Melanie Marshall and I got a big slap on my wrist."

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