Melanie Griffith

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Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith.jpg
Griffith at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000
Born (1957-08-09) August 9, 1957 (age 56)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Don Johnson (1976; 1989–1996, divorced)
Steven Bauer (1982–1987, divorced)
Antonio Banderas (1996–present)
Children Alexander Bauer
Dakota Johnson
Stella Banderas
Parents Peter Griffith (deceased)
Tippi Hedren
Relatives Tracy Griffith (half-sister)
Clay A. Griffith (half-brother)

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 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 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 had a supporting role in the made-for-television movie Steel Cowboy (1978).[4]

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 (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'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.

With Robert Redford and Sonia Braga, Cannes 1988

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."[13]

Griffith starred on the short-lived WB sitcom Twins (2005–06). Her career continued to suffer when her 2007 series Viva Laughlin was canceled after two episodes,[14][15] and 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. In January 2012, Griffith was cast in the comedy film The Hot Flashes with her real-life friends Daryl Hannah (who also appeared with her in Two Much) and Brooke Shields. Filming began on February 23, but just five days later, Griffith pulled out of the production due to "creative differences."[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. Griffith 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 Antonio Banderas at the Shrek Forever After premiere (2010)

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 of 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] After rehabilitation in 1988[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 in May 1995,[20] 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. In 2002, the couple received the Stella Adler Angel Award for their extensive charity work.

Her father, Peter Griffith, died at age 67 on May 14, 2001.[24]

Griffith returned to rehab in 2000 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]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Smith! Extra Uncredited
1973 The Harrad Experiment
1975 Night Moves Delly Grastner
The Drowning Pool Schuyler Devereaux
Smile Karen Love
1976 Once an Eagle Jinny Massengale TV mini-series
1977 The Garden Young Girl
One on One The Hitchhiker
Joyride Susie
1978 Daddy, I Don't Like it Like This Girl in Hotel TV movie
Steel Cowboy Johnnie TV movie
1981 Roar Melanie
Underground Aces Lucy
The Star Maker Dawn Barnett Youngblood TV movie
She's in the Army Now Pvt. Sylvie Knoll TV movie
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
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
1988 Cherry 2000 Edith 'E' Johnson Straight to video
The Milagro Beanfield War Flossie Devine
Stormy Monday Kate
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
In the Spirit Hadley
Pacific Heights Patty Palmer
The Bonfire of the Vanities Maria Ruskin
1991 Paradise Lily Reed
1992 Shining Through Linda Voss
A Stranger Among Us Emily Eden
1993 Born Yesterday Billie Dawn
1994 Milk Money V
Nobody's Fool Toby Roebuck
1995 Buffalo Girls Dora DuFran Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Now and Then Tina 'Teeny' Tercell
Two Much Betty Kerner
1996 Mulholland Falls Katherine Hoover
1997 Lolita Charlotte Haze
1998 Another Day in Paradise Sid Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress (also for Crazy in Alabama)
Shadow of Doubt Kitt Devereux
Celebrity Nicole Oliver
1999 Crazy in Alabama Lucille Vinson Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress (also for Another Day in Paradise)
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
Forever Lulu Lulu McAfee Released on DVD as Along for the Ride (2000)
2001 Tart Diane Milford
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself
Stuart Little 2 Margalo the Bird Voice
2003 The Night We Called It a Day Barbara Marx Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Shade Eve
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 Lifetime original series (Unaired)
Dino Time Tyra voice
Raising Hope Tamara TV Series (2 episodes)
2013 Dark Tourist Betsy
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Kristin TV Movie
2014 Autómata Post-production
Hawaii Five-O (2010 TV series) Clara Williams, mother of Danny Williams TV Series ( Season 4 )

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. ^ Melanie Griffith - Melanie Griffith Quits New Comedy Over 'Creative Differences'. Contactmusic.com February 29, 2012.
  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. ^ "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. 

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