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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 9, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actress, producer, model

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Day Out of Days (2015)
2.
 Ithaca (2015)
3.
 Automata (2014)
5.
 Hot Flashes, The (2013)
8.
 Shade (2004) Eve
9.
 Searching for Debra Winger (2003) Herself
10.
 Stuart Little 2 (2002) Voice Of Margalo
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Moved with family to Los Angeles at age four
1973:
Made film debut as extra in "The Harrad Experiment"; film starred her mother and future first husband, Don Johnson
1975:
Made feature acting debut in "Night Moves" at 17 years old
1975:
Played one of the beauty contestants in the superb satire "Smile"
1976:
Made TV miniseries debut, "Once an Eagle" (NBC)
1977:
Joined cast of the ABC series "Carter Country" as a series regular
1981:
Starred with mother, Tippi Hedren, in "Roar" (produced by stepfather, Noel Marshall); filmed several years before release
1981:
Studied acting with Stella Adler in New York
1984:
Cast as the female lead in Brian De Palma's "Body Double"
1986:
Breakthrough leading role in Jonathan Demme's cult favorite, "Something Wild"
1987:
Guest-starred on an episode of "Miami Vice" (NBC); episode directed by Don Johnson, her once-and-future husband
1988:
Played a Staten Island secretary with aspirations to succeed in Mike Nichols' "Working Girl"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress
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
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"
1991:
Made first film with then-husband Don Johnson, "Paradise"
1992:
Was unfortunately miscast as an NYC cop who goes undercover in the Hassidic community in "A Stranger Among Us"
1993:
Undertook the role of Billie Dawn in an ill-fated remake of "Born Yesterday"
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
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"
1996:
Starred opposite future husband Antonio Banderas in the uneven comedy, "Two Much"
1997:
Played the blowsy Charlotte Haze in Adrian Lyne's remake of "Lolita"; shown on Showtime in the US
1997:
Selected by Revlon as spokesperson for line of cosmetics aimed at women over 35 years of age
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"
1999:
Portrayed actress Marion Davies in the HBO movie, "RKO 281," about the making of "Citizen Kane"
1999:
Played an aspiring actress who murders her husband in Antonio Banderas' feature directorial debut, "Crazy in Alabama"
1999:
Made London stage debut in the "Vagina Monologues" at the Old Vic theater
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
2002:
Appeared as herself in Rosanna Arquette's documentary, "Searching for Debra Winger"
2002:
Voiced the character of Margalo in "Stuart Little 2"
2003:
Made her Broadway debut playing Roxie Hart in the musical "Chicago"
2003:
Joined Sylvester Stallone and Gabriel Byrne for the film, "Shade"
2005:
Played the mother of the show's main characters in the short-lived sitcom, "Twins" (WB)
2010:
Guest-starred on the seventh and final season of FX's "Nip/Tuck," playing porn-star Kimber Henry's mother
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Education

Hollywood Professional School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Her official Web site is located at www.melanieonline.com.

She also operates the Web site www.oneworldlive.com.

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

"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."---Melanie Griffith on aging, quoted in Chicago Sun-Times, October 17, 1999.

"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" quoted in New York Post, October 13, 1999.

"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, April 1999.

"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 Stephen Rebello in Movieline, April 1999.

"It's so nice to have my wild days behind me... I've got an addictive personality, but I managed to kick it now that I'm so happy in my home life."---Griffith to W, January 1999.

"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, September 1994.

"Melanie Griffith has been called an 80's Jean Harlow, Judy Holliday or Marilyn Monroe, but more than anything else, Melanie Griffith is an original."

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, December 22, 1988.

"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 Vanity Fair, April 1989.

She was named "Star of Tomorrow" by the Motion Picture Bookers Club in 1984

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Don Johnson. Actor. Married in 1976; divorced in 1977; married for second time in 1989; met when she was 14 and he was 22; no longer together.
husband:
Steven Bauer. Actor. Married in May 1982; divorced; born on December 2, 1952 in Cuba.
husband:
Antonio Banderas. Actor. Met on set of "Two Much" in 1995; married in London on May 14, 1996.

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mother:
Tippi Hedren. Actor. Played the lead in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (1963) and the title role of Hitchcock's "Marnie" (1964).
father:
Peter Griffith. Actor, realtor. Divorced from Tippi Hedren and married to actress Nanita Greene, by whom he has two children; died May 14, 2001 at age 67.
half-sister:
Tracy Griffith. Actor, chef. Born c. 1965; mother is actor Nanita Greene.
half-brother:
Clay Griffith. Set decorator. Born c. 1967; mother is Nanita Greene.
son:
Alexander Bauer. Born in 1985; father, Steven Bauer.
daughter:
Dakota Mayi Johnson. Born on October 4, 1989; father, Don Johnson.
daughter:
Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith. Born on September 24, 1996; father, Antonio Banderas.
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