Melanie Griffith

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Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith auf dem Filmfest München 2012 (cropped).JPG
Griffith at the 2012 Munich Film Festival
Born (1957-08-09) August 9, 1957 (age 57)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s)
Children 3
Parents Peter Griffith (deceased)
Tippi Hedren
Relatives Tracy Griffith (half-sister)

Melanie Griffith (born August 9, 1957) is an American actress. She was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the film Working Girl (1988). She is the daughter of actress Tippi Hedren, and the soon to be ex-wife of actor Antonio Banderas.

Early life[edit]

Griffith was born in New York City, to actress Tippi Hedren and producer, former actor, and advertising executive Peter Griffith.[1][2] Her mother's ancestry is Swedish, German, and Norwegian. Griffith's parents divorced when she was four years old, after which her father married model/actress Nanita Greene and had two more children: actress Tracy Griffith and set designer Clay A. Griffith. Her mother married agent and producer Noel Marshall, and Griffith grew up with three stepbrothers. During her childhood and adolescent years, she divided her time between living in New York with her father and in Antelope Valley, California, where her mother formed the animal preserve Shambala. She also skipped a grade and graduated from Hollywood Professional School when she was 16 years old.[3]

Career[edit]

Griffith in The Garden (1977)

Griffith began work at just nine months of age in a commercial[4] and made her film debut as an extra in Smith! (1969). Her first credited roles were in Smile, The Drowning Pool, and Night Moves (all 1975), in which she did racy nude scenes at age 17. She also appeared totally nude in the Israeli-made 1977 film Ha-Gan (The Garden). She had a supporting role in the made-for-television movie Steel Cowboy (1978).[4]

Griffith with Robert Redford and Sônia Braga, Cannes 1988

After many years in the business, in 1984 Griffith was cast in her first major role as a porn actress in the Brian De Palma thriller Body Double. The film, although a commercial failure, earned her the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, and led to her first leading role in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild (1986), which became a cult favorite.[5] Griffith also starred in the cult science fiction film Cherry 2000, which went straight to video in 1988. She achieved mainstream success when Mike Nichols cast her as spunky secretary Tess McGill in the hit 1988 film Working Girl. Griffith's performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.

Griffith's next starring role was in the urban thriller Pacific Heights (1990) with Matthew Modine. She worked continuously in mainstream films throughout the 1990s, starring in features such as The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), A Stranger Among Us and Shining Through (1992), Born Yesterday (1993), Milk Money (1994), Now and Then (1995), and Two Much (1996), where she co-starred with future husband Antonio Banderas.

Griffith received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the successful TV movie Buffalo Girls (1995), alongside Anjelica Huston. In 1998 she appeared in Woody Allen's Celebrity with Kenneth Branagh and Leonardo DiCaprio. Later that year, she starred as a free-spirited heroin user in Another Day in Paradise (1998), a performance that some critics wrote was the best of her career.[6]

In 1999, Griffith starred in Crazy in Alabama, a film that was directed by Banderas and produced by Greenmoon Productions, the company that she and Banderas formed together. In the film, Griffith played an eccentric woman who kills her husband and heads to Hollywood to become a movie star. Also in 1999, Griffith made her stage debut at the Old Vic in London, England, where she acted with Cate Blanchett in The Vagina Monologues.[7] In the HBO film RKO 281, she played actress Marion Davies, and received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal.[8]

Griffith in December 2007

Griffith's career cooled down in the early 2000s following her last major roles to date in the independent films Cecil B. Demented and Forever Lulu (aka Along for the Ride). In 2002, she voiced the character of Margalo the bird in Stuart Little 2. Since then, her appearances in films have been very infrequent and low-profile.

In 2003, Griffith made her Broadway debut playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago. Untrained in song and dance, she still impressed New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley, who wrote: "Ms. Griffith is a sensational Roxie, possibly the most convincing I have seen" and "[the] vultures who were expecting to see Ms. Griffith stumble...will have to look elsewhere".[9] Griffith's celebratory reviews made it a box office success.[10][11][12] She returned to the stage in 2012 in a play that Scott Caan wrote titled "No Way Around but Through," where she played his mother[13] She would play Caan's mother again in a recurring role on his television show Hawaii Five-0 in 2014.

Prior to Hawaii Five-0, Griffith's television work included the short-lived WB sitcom Twins (2005–06), and the 2007 series Viva Laughlin, which was canceled after two episodes,.[14][15] Her 2012 television pilot This American Housewife (produced by Banderas) was not picked up by Lifetime.[13] In the interim, Griffith guest-starred on Nip/Tuck and Hot in Cleveland.

Griffith has several forthcoming films, such as Day Out of Days directed by Zoe Cassavates, and Automata co-starring her husband and directed by Gabe Ibanez. She has also signed on to appear in another film Facing the Wind.[16]

Philanthropy[edit]

Griffith supports the efforts of Children's Hospital Los Angeles helping to lead Walk for Kids, a community 5k, to raise funds as part of the hospital's community awareness efforts in support of the opening of a new state-of-the-art pediatric inpatient facility. She also participated in the hospital's 2012 Noche de Niños gala as a presenter of a Courage to Care Award.

Personal life[edit]

Griffith with then-husband Don Johnson at the APLA benefit in September 1990

At age 14, Griffith began dating her mother's 22-year-old Harrad Experiment co-star, Don Johnson.[17] The relationship culminated in a six-month marriage from January to July 1976.[17] In May 1982, Griffith married Steven Bauer,[18] her co-star from the TV film She's in the Army Now. They have a son, Alexander Bauer, born on August 22, 1985. The couple divorced in 1987. Griffith later admitted to having problems with cocaine and liquor after her divorce from Bauer. "What I did was drink myself to sleep at night," she said. "If I wasn't with someone, I was an unhappy girl."[17]

Griffith with Antonio Banderas at the Shrek Forever After premiere (2010)

In 1988, after completing rehabilitation[19] Griffith returned to Johnson, whom she remarried in June 1989. Their daughter, Dakota Johnson, was born on October 4, 1989. They separated in March 1994,[17] reconciled later that year, but separated again[20] In May 1995, after Griffith fell in love with Antonio Banderas, her married co-star from Two Much.[21][22] After their respective divorces were finalized, Griffith and Banderas married on May 14, 1996.[23] They have a daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas, born on September 24, 1996. Her father, Peter Griffith, died at age 67 on May 14, 2001.[24]

In 2000, Griffith returned to rehab for a painkiller addiction.[25] In August 2009, she returned to rehab again for what her publicist called "part of a routine plan."[26] She emerged after a three-month stay and underwent surgery for skin cancer in December of that year.[27]

In June 2014, Griffith and Banderas released a statement announcing their intention to divorce "in a loving and friendly manner".[28] According to the petition filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple had "irreconcilable differences" that led to the divorce.[29]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Smith! Extra Uncredited
1973 The Harrad Experiment Extra Uncredited
1975 Night Moves Delly Grastner
1975 The Drowning Pool Schuyler Devereaux
1975 Smile Karen Love
1976 Once an Eagle Jinny Massengale TV mini-series
1977 The Garden (Ha-Gan) Young Girl
1977 One on One The Hitchhiker
1977 Joyride Susie
1978 Daddy, I Don't Like it Like This Girl in Hotel TV movie
1978 Steel Cowboy Johnnie TV movie
1981 Roar Melanie
1981 Underground Aces Lucy
1981 The Star Maker Dawn Barnett Youngblood TV movie
1981 She's in the Army Now Pvt. Sylvie Knoll TV movie
1981 Golden Gate Karen TV movie
1984 Body Double Holly Body National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
1985 Fear City Loretta
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Girl TV series (1 episode)
1986 Something Wild Audrey Hankel aka Lulu Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1987 Cherry 2000 Edith 'E' Johnson Straight to video
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War Flossie Devine
1988 Stormy Monday Kate
1988 Working Girl Tess McGill Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction Lureen TV movie
1990 In the Spirit Hadley
1990 Pacific Heights Patty Palmer
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities Maria Ruskin Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
1991 Paradise Lily Reed
1992 Shining Through Linda Voss Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
1992 A Stranger Among Us Emily Eden
1993 Born Yesterday Billie Dawn
1994 Milk Money V
1994 Nobody's Fool Toby Roebuck
1995 Buffalo Girls Dora DuFran Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1995 Now and Then Tina 'Teeny' Tercell
1995 Two Much Betty Kerner
1996 Mulholland Falls Katherine Hoover
1997 Lolita Charlotte Haze
1998 Another Day in Paradise Sid
1998 Shadow of Doubt Kitt Devereux
1998 Celebrity Nicole Oliver
1999 Crazy in Alabama Lucille Vinson Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
1999 RKO 281 Marion Davies Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2000 Cecil B. Demented Honey Whitlock Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
2000 Forever Lulu Lulu McAfee Released on DVD as Along for the Ride (2000)
2001 Tart Diane Milford
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself
2002 Stuart Little 2 Margalo Voice
2003 The Night We Called It a Day Barbara Marx Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2003 Shade Eve
2003 Tempo Sarah
2005 Heartless Miranda Wells TV movie
2007 Viva Laughlin Bunny Baxter TV series (2 episodes)
2010 Nip/Tuck Brandie Henry TV series (1 episode)
2011 Hot in Cleveland Herself Episode: "Sisterhood of the Traveling SPANX"
2012 American Housewife Leila Unaired Lifetime original series
2012 Dino Time Tyra (voice)
2012 Raising Hope Tamara TV Series (2 episodes)
2013 Dark Tourist Betsy
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Kristin TV Movie
2014 Autómata Post-production
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Clara Williams TV Series (3 episodes)
2014 Thirst Sue Short film; premiered at the Locarno Festival on August 7, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Melanie Griffith Biography (1957-) Film Reference.com
  2. ^ Ancestry of Melanie Griffith Warg.com
  3. ^ Alumni Hollywood Conservatory of Music and Arts web site
  4. ^ a b Melanie Griffith biography
  5. ^ Clark, Graeme. "Something Wild". Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Bio Yahoo Movies
  7. ^ "The Vagina Monologues in Madrid". April 15, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Melanie Griffith Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ben Brantley". The New York Times. [dead link]
  10. ^ "B.O. rises; 'Chi' SRO Broadway Grosses". Variety.com. August 17, 2003. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ Bubbly B.O. perf. (Analysis).(Melanie Griffith stars in "Chicago")(Brief Article)[dead link]
  12. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (September 18, 2003). "A Long Shot In 'Chicago' Pays Off; For Melanie Griffith, Last Laugh Is Sweet". The New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b The Sunday Conversation: Melanie Griffith returns to the stage
  14. ^ "Melanie Griffith in viva laughlin". accesshollywood.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  15. ^ Schneider, Michael (October 22, 2007). "CBS cancels 'Viva Laughlin'". variety.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ Dave McNary (27 May 2014). "Melanie Griffith Joins Alessandro Nivola in ‘Facing the Wind’". Variety. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c d Chin, Paula (June 20, 1994). "Not So Magic Johnson - Marriage, Substance Abuse, Coping and Overcoming Illness, Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith". People. People.com. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Think you recognize that young Steve Bauer". The Palm Beach Post. October 26, 1984. 
  19. ^ "Not So Magic Johnson" June 20, 1994, Vol. 41, No. 23, People
  20. ^ "Oh, Stop It Already!". People. People.com. September 11, 1995. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Winning a Tony". People.com. June 19, 1995. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  22. ^ "'Much' a Deux". Entertainment Weekly. February 23, 1996. 
  23. ^ "More trouble than you'd ink". BBC News. November 28, 2000. 
  24. ^ e=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM "NewsLibrary.com - newspaper archive, clipping service - newspapers and other news sources". Nl.newsbank.com. May 17, 2001. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Melanie Griffith back in rehab". Inquisitr.com. August 25, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Melanie Griffith: Return to Rehab Was Planned" interview, August 26, 2009, Parade
  27. ^ "Melanie Griffith has skin cancer surgery". CNN. December 18, 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2010. 
  28. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-07/griffith-banderas-announce-loving-and-friendly-divorce/5507558
  29. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/06/us-people-melaniegriffith-antoniobandera-idUSKBN0EH27T20140606

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