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Birth information

9 August 1957 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Melanie Richards Griffith

How tall is Melanie Griffith?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Antonio Banderas
Don Johnson
Steven Bauer
Don Johnson

Life Story of Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith was born on August 9, 1957 in New York City, to then model/future actress Tippi Hedren and former child actor turned advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her parents' marriage ended when she was four years old and Tippi brought Melanie to Los Angeles to get a new start. Tippi caught the eye of the great director Alfred Hitchcock, who gave her starring roles in The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). She married her then-agent, Noel Marshall, in 1964 (they divorced in 1982), and Melanie grew up with three stepbrothers. Meanwhile, her father married Nanita Greene Samuels and had two more children: Tracy Griffith and Clay A. Griffith.

Melanie also grew up with tigers and lions, as Tippi and Noel were raising them for the movie Roar (1981), in which the family later starred. Melanie's acting career, however, began as a model at just nine months old in a commercial and she later appeared as an extra in Smith! (1969) and The Harrad Experiment (1973), where she fell in love with her mother's co-star, Don Johnson. She was only 14 years old, while he was a twice-divorced 22-year-old. Tippi took a very liberal approach and allowed Melanie to move in with Don at a...

Significant features of Melanie Griffith

Breathy, little girl voice
Voluptuous figure

How much money has Melanie Griffith earned?

The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) $1,000,000
Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (1990) $50,000
Milk Money (1994) $2,000,000
Crazy in Alabama (1999) $3,000,000

Biographical movies about Melanie Griffith

E! True Hollywood Story: "Melanie Griffith" Episode #9.15 2004

What movies did Melanie Griffith play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Akil , Hollywood Mom (2018) , This American Housewife (2012) , Little Red (2011) ,
Actors Filmography
Akil , SMILF (2019) Enid, The Disaster Artist (2017) Jean Shelton, The Pirates of Somalia (2017) Maria Bahadur, The Path (2017) Jackie Richards, JL Ranch (2016) Laura Lee, Hawaii Five-0 (2016) Clara Williams, Nerd Herd (2015) Celeste, Day Out of Days (2015) Kathy, Back to the Jurassic (2015) Tyra, Automata (2014) Duprè, Thirst (2014) Sue, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013) Kristin, This American Housewife (2012) Leila...

Birth information

9 August 1957 New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Melanie Richards Griffith

How tall is Melanie Griffith?

1.73 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Antonio Banderas
Don Johnson
Steven Bauer
Don Johnson

Life Story of Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith was born on August 9, 1957 in New York City, to then model/future actress Tippi Hedren and former child actor turned advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her parents' marriage ended when she was four years old and Tippi brought Melanie to Los Angeles to get a new start. Tippi caught the eye of the great director Alfred Hitchcock, who gave her starring roles in The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964). She married her then-agent, Noel Marshall, in 1964 (they divorced in 1982), and Melanie grew up with three stepbrothers. Meanwhile, her father married Nanita Greene Samuels and had two more children: Tracy Griffith and Clay A. Griffith.

Melanie also grew up with tigers and lions, as Tippi and Noel were raising them for the movie Roar (1981), in which the family later starred. Melanie's acting career, however, began as a model at just nine months old in a commercial and she later appeared as an extra in Smith! (1969) and The Harrad Experiment (1973), where she fell in love with her mother's co-star, Don Johnson. She was only 14 years old, while he was a twice-divorced 22-year-old. Tippi took a very liberal approach and allowed Melanie to move in with Don at a...

Significant features of Melanie Griffith

Breathy, little girl voice
Voluptuous figure

How much money has Melanie Griffith earned?

The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) $1,000,000
Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (1990) $50,000
Milk Money (1994) $2,000,000
Crazy in Alabama (1999) $3,000,000

Biographical movies about Melanie Griffith

E! True Hollywood Story: "Melanie Griffith" Episode #9.15 2004

What movies did Melanie Griffith play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Akil , Hollywood Mom (2018) , This American Housewife (2012) , Little Red (2011) ,
Actors Filmography
Akil , SMILF (2019) Enid, The Disaster Artist (2017) Jean Shelton, The Pirates of Somalia (2017) Maria Bahadur, The Path (2017) Jackie Richards, JL Ranch (2016) Laura Lee, Hawaii Five-0 (2016) Clara Williams, Nerd Herd (2015) Celeste, Day Out of Days (2015) Kathy, Back to the Jurassic (2015) Tyra, Automata (2014) Duprè, Thirst (2014) Sue, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013) Kristin, This American Housewife (2012) Leila...

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Melanie Griffith and Parker Stevenson in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)

Her mother, Tippi Hedren, recently stated that the miniature doll of Hedren given to Melanie by Alfred Hitchcock was not intended to be a prank by the director. He merely wanted to give Melanie a beautiful doll with her mother's image, but it happened that the doll was in a wooden box. When Melanie received the gift, she freaked out and became upset thinking that it was indeed meant to be her mother in a coffin.

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Melanie Griffith and Shaun Cassidy in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)

Born at 11:49pm-EDT

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Melanie Griffith and Shaun Cassidy in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)

Older half-sister of Tracy Griffith and Clay A. Griffith.

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Melanie Griffith in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)

Daughter of Peter Griffith and Tippi Hedren.

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Melanie Griffith in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)

Checked into a Marina Del Rey, California hospital to help her scale back on the use of painkillers she had been prescribed for a neck injury. [November 2000]

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Melanie Griffith and Shaun Cassidy in The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)

In 1980, she went to a movie and dinner with Ricci Martin (son of Dean Martin; not to be confused with Ricky Martin, who's a friend). Upon leaving La Dome, a restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, a car ran through the crosswalk and hit Melanie. The front of the car struck her hip in mid-stride, whiplashing her head back into the windshield. As the car screeched to a stop, Melanie catapulted more than a dozen feet forward to the curbside, hitting with great force. Melanie was rushed to a hospital. To this day, Melanie still experiences pain from that accident.

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Tom Hanks and Melanie Griffith in Fegefeuer der Eitelkeiten (1990)

Real-life daughters Dakota Johnson and Stella Banderas appear as her character's daughters in the film Verrückt in Alabama (1999) directed by her husband Antonio Banderas. Her half-sister Tracy Griffith also has a small role in the film.

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Tom Hanks and Melanie Griffith in Fegefeuer der Eitelkeiten (1990)

Claims that it was love at first sight when she met her husband Antonio Banderas on the set of Eine Blondine zuviel - Two Much (1995). He had sprinted out of his trailer like a starstruck schoolboy to greet her on her first day on the set. Excited and nervous, the first thing he asked her was how old she was. She cursed, laughed, and then finally answered that she was 37. They stayed together for nearly 20 years. In 2018 (4 years after their divorce), Banderas publicly declared, "I will love her until the day I die," to which Griffith also publicly responded, "I will always love him and he will always love me. We had a great 20 years together.".

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Melanie Griffith in Cecil B. (2000)

She was unable to star in the stage play "Eden Court" (1985), and in the films The Sheltering Sky (1990) and As Good as It Gets (1997) because of her three pregnancies. The roles went to Ellen Barkin, Debra Winger, and Helen Hunt (who won an Academy Award), respectively.

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Melanie Griffith in Cecil B. (2000)

She has three homes: Los Angeles, Aspen and Marbella, Spain.

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Coincidentally, she bears the same first name as her mother Tippi Hedren's character, Melanie Daniels, in The Birds (1963).

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Melanie Griffith and Stephen Dorff in Cecil B. (2000)

Was eighteen when she married Don Johnson for the first time. He was eight years older than she, and they met on the set of her mother's film The Harrad Experiment (1973) in the spring of 1972 when she was 14.

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Melanie Griffith in Cecil B. (2000)

In 2002, she told Larry King that her best films are: Night Moves (1975), Something Wild (1986), Working Girl (1988), and Nobody's Fool (1994).

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Melanie Griffith and Eric Thal in Sanfte Augen lügen nicht (1992)

Her son, Alexander Bauer (born in 1985), is the godson of Warren Beatty. She first met Beatty over a decade earlier when she auditioned for his film The Parallax View (1974). She didn't get the role but their friendship lasted, even though their brief 1970s romance ended. She is also friends with Beatty's wife Annette Bening and his sister Shirley MacLaine.

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Melanie Griffith and Eric Thal in Sanfte Augen lügen nicht (1992)

Goes through two boyfriends in Working Girl (1988). As the film begins, she is in a relationship with Alec Baldwin, but at the end, she is in a relationship with Harrison Ford. Both Baldwin and Ford have played Jack Ryan in adaptations of the Tom Clancy novels.

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Melanie Griffith in Sanfte Augen lügen nicht (1992)

First "Miss Golden Globe" to win a Golden Globe Award herself.

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Melanie Griffith and Eric Thal in Sanfte Augen lügen nicht (1992)

Joanne Woodward told a 17-year-old Melanie on the set of The Drowning Pool (1975) that her goals were to marry a movie star (Paul Newman); have beautiful babies (she had three); and win an Oscar (which she did in 1958). Melanie said that she adopted the goals for herself by marrying a movie star (Antonio Banderas); have beautiful babies (she also had three); but has expressed frustration that she has not won an Oscar even though she was nominated in 1989.

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Melanie Griffith in Sanfte Augen lügen nicht (1992)

While in Washington, D.C. addressing the senate on Arts funding, she fell asleep twice during a speech by her host Michigan Senator Spencer Abraham. She apologized citing jet-lag as her reason for snoozing.

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Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith in Die Waffen der Frauen (1988)

Her French dubbing voice Dorothée Jemma is also the French dubbing voice of Sheryl Lee and Jennifer Aniston.

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Alec Baldwin and Melanie Griffith in Die Waffen der Frauen (1988)

Melanie said that fans sometimes confuse her with actress Meg Ryan, whom she admires. She would sign Meg Ryan's name so as not to disappoint the fans. Ryan said the same thing happened to her where fans thought she was Melanie.

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Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith in Die Waffen der Frauen (1988)

Checked into the Cirque Lodge in Utah for rehab treatments. Same place where Kirsten Dunst and Lindsay Lohan spent time in recent years. [August 2009]

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Demi Moore and Melanie Griffith in Now & Then - Damals und heute (1995)

Ex-stepdaughter of Nanita Greene Samuels and Noel Marshall.

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In August 2000, she held a live 'ChitChat' on her website with Dr. Judith Reichman to discuss her personal efforts to become pregnant. When Reichman wrote on the forum that smoking is toxic to a woman's ovaries and causes earlier menopause by an average of two years, Melanie replied "I honestly didn't know any of that." She said she wanted a fourth child more than anything and was trying "every day" to conceive.

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Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith in Eine Blondine zuviel - Two Much (1995)

Underwent surgery for the early stages of skin cancer in December 2009.

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Melanie Griffith and Danny Aiello in Eine Blondine zuviel - Two Much (1995)

Her mother was 22 while her father was only 18 when they married in 1952. In her 2016 memoir, Tippi wrote, that upon reflection, that they were too young to get married.

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Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith in Eine Blondine zuviel - Two Much (1995)

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

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Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith in Eine Blondine zuviel - Two Much (1995)

In a 2002 interview with More magazine, Melanie admitted giving marijuana to her 16-year-old son Alexander Bauer, because she thought it would be better for him to smoke it at home than to go out on the street and get something that could kill him. Her rationale backfired and she had to put Alexander in a 12-step program. She vowed not to let the same happen to her other children. Her daughter Dakota Johnson saw a therapist as a teenager, because of emotional issues with her parents, who have battled substance abuse.

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Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith in Eine Blondine zuviel - Two Much (1995)

Has smoked since she was 12 years old.

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Melanie Griffith, Michael Patrick Carter, and Adam LaVorgna in Taschengeld (1994)

Friends with Rosanna Arquette, Sandra Bernhard, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Fonda, Goldie Hawn, Daryl Hannah, Angie Harmon, Salma Hayek, Anjelica Huston, Kris Jenner, Diane Lane, Eva Longoria, Demi Moore, Jill St. John, Alana Stewart and Sharon Stone.

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Elvis Presley and Melanie Griffith in Taschengeld (1994)

One of her mentors was Bob Fosse. He considered casting her in his film Star 80 (1983) but instead chose Mariel Hemingway to play the slain actress Dorothy Stratten.

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Melanie Griffith and Ed Harris in Taschengeld (1994)

Holds the record - along with Madonna and Demi Moore - for the most Razzie Award nominations for Worst Actress with 6 nominations. She was nominated for The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Shining Through (1992), A Stranger Among Us (1992) (both in the same year), Born Yesterday (1993), Eine Blondine zuviel - Two Much (1995), Verrückt in Alabama (1999) and Cecil B. (2000). She won for Shining Through (1992) and A Stranger Among Us (1992). She also won Worst Supporting Actress for Mulholland Falls (1996).

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Melanie Griffith in Taschengeld (1994)

Directed by eight Academy Award winners: Jonathan Demme, Robert Redford, Mike Nichols, Tony Richardson, John Schlesinger, Sidney Lumet, Robert Benton, and Woody Allen.

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Melanie Griffith in Taschengeld (1994)

Gave birth to her 1st child at age 28, a son Alexander Griffith Bauer on August 22, 1985. Child's father is her now ex-2nd husband, Steven Bauer.

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Melanie Griffith in Taschengeld (1994)

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 32, a daughter Dakota Mayi Johnson (aka Dakota Johnson) on October 4, 1989. Child's father is now ex-3rd husband, Don Johnson.

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Melanie Griffith in Taschengeld (1994)

Gave birth to her 3rd child at age 39, a daughter Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith (aka Stella Banderas) on September 24, 1996. Child's father is her now estranged 4th husband, Antonio Banderas.

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Melanie Griffith in Taschengeld (1994)

Filed for divorce from her 4th husband of 18 years Antonio Banderas. [June 2014]

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Melanie Griffith in Taschengeld (1994)

She stays on good terms with her ex-husbands (Steven Bauer, Don Johnson, and Antonio Banderas), since they share children together (Alexander Bauer, Dakota Johnson, Stella Banderas). She attends events with them and posts pictures on her Twitter and Instagram accounts with flattering captions calling them "handsome".

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Melanie Griffith, Michael Patrick Carter, and Adam LaVorgna in Taschengeld (1994)

Some of the films that she considered acting in never came to fruition: projects with her then-husband Don Johnson ("The Friendly" (1991) and film adaptation of Dean R. Koontz's novel "The Bad Place" (1990)) ; "Jane" (1997) with Howard Stern; film adaptation of the J.M. Barrie play "Mary Rose'' in 2000, that Alfred Hitchcock also considered casting her mother Tippi Hedren in 1964; and "Mrs. California" (1993).

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Melanie Griffith in Taschengeld (1994)

In her divorce settlement with Antonio Banderas, she got the house in Aspen and they sold their L.A. mansion and split the profits. Melanie receives $65,000 monthly spousal support from Antonio.

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Melanie Griffith, Michael Patrick Carter, and Adam LaVorgna in Taschengeld (1994)

$75,000 was taken out of her paycheck for Working Girl (1988) when she showed up to the set heavily intoxicated and unable to say her lines coherently. The money was used to fund the reshoot of that day's scenes.

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Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson in Blondinen küßt man nicht (1993)

Ex-stepmother of Jesse Johnson.

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John Goodman and Melanie Griffith in Blondinen küßt man nicht (1993)

By her own admission, she drank alcohol when she was 10. Her father Peter Griffith was an alcoholic, as was his father.

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Melanie Griffith in Blondinen küßt man nicht (1993)

Her childhood friend is Patricia Nedd, known as Patsy. Melanie backed out of her family's film Roar (1981) because she was afraid that one of the big cats might hurt her. So her real-life mother Tippi Hedren cast Patsy in Melanie's role and shot several scenes. Then, Melanie changed her mind and decided that she wanted her old role back. Tippi and her then-husband Noel Marshall replaced Patsy and re-shot her scenes with Melanie. Melanie did get hurt in the film and had to have reconstruction surgery. But she came back and finished the film.

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Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson in Blondinen küßt man nicht (1993)

Was treated for skin cancer recurrence recently, she underwent treatment to have basal cell carcinoma removed from her nose. [September 2017]

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Melanie Griffith in Blondinen küßt man nicht (1993)

She recalled auditioning for director Adrian Lyne unsuccessfully twice. The first time was for Flashdance (1983) where she danced in a bikini to the Rolling Stones song "Start Me Up". She lost the role to Jennifer Beals. The second time was for Fatal Attraction (1987), but she lost the role to Glenn Close. Lyne finally selected her for Lolita (1997) for which she didn't even audition, beating out Dianne Wiest and Cybill Shepherd.

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