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Melanie Griffith ACTOR

Melanie Griffith was born on August 9th, 1957 in New York City, New York to parents Tippi Hedren, a mode,l and Peter Griffith who worked as an advertising executive.  After her parents divorced her mom relocated to Los Angeles, California in search of a fresh start.  The director, Alfred Hitchcock took notice of her and approached her to be in some of his films.  These such films were "The Birds" (1963) and "Marnie" (1964).  Griffith's mom soon remarried, to her agent Noel Marshall in 1964, and Melanie was then raised in a household with three stepbrothers and surprisingly also a house that raised tigers and lions that her mother and stepfather were training for the movie "Roar" (1981).
By the age of nine Melanie was beginning to get involved in the entertainment industry, first working as a model.  Her youngest modeling job was actually at only nine months old but as she got older she continued her pursuit to follow in her mother's footsteps.  By the late 60's she was working as an extra on such films as "Smith!" (1969) and "The Harrad Experiment" (1973).
At the age of sixteen Griffith graduated early from Hollywood Professional School and was already living with her co-star, Don Johnson, who was eight years older than Griffith.  She continued to take on modeling assignments to help pay the bills and when she attended what she thought was a modeling audition with a director by the name of Arthur Penn she was actually cast in his film "Night Moves" (1975).
She did her first nude scene at the age of seventeen and roles began to be offered to her mostly based on her appearance.  As she began to get older and her career progressed, so did her personal use of drugs and alcohol.  It began to take a toll on her professional career as film roles were becoming less available to her.
However, after she divorced her first husband and married her second husband, Steven Bauer, who she met on the set of the television show "She's in the Army Now" (1981), things began to turn around for her.  She overcame her alcohol and drug addiction and with the help of her husband enrolled in acting classes.  Soon she was cast in the film "Body Double" (1984) and she won a best Supporting Actress Award from the National Society of Film Critics.  
Finally, Griffith's career was heading in the right direction with roles on such films as "Something Wild" (1986) and "Working Girl" (1988) for which she received an Academy Award nomination and won the Globe Award as Best Actress in a Comedy.
For some reason, just as things with her career were going well, her personal life with two failed marriages, the birth of a child and her ongoing addiction to drugs were causing her career to again suffer.  She was admitted to a rehabilitation clinic and once she was released, Griffith had finally maintained sobriety.
Melanie focused on acting and was cast in such films as "Pacific Heights" (1990), "Nobody's Fool" (1994), "Now and Then" (1995), "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990), "Shining Through" (1992) and "A Stranger Among Us" (1992).  Although she was making a living as a working actress none of these roles ever lived up to the success of her earlier work.
She was also suffering a third failed marriage and then she caused a big tabloid scandal when she fell in love with and married her costar, Antonio Banderas, and he left his current wife for Griffith. 
As her career progressed she was seen on the screen again in such films as "Another Day in Paradise" (1988), "Celebrity" (1998) and "Crazy in Alabama" (1999), which was a film produced by a production company Melanie and Banderas formed, Greenmoon Productions.
Griffith's career and personal life was filled with so many ups and downs that again in the early 2000's, she became dependant on drugs and re-entered a rehabilitation center.  She had a couple acting roles such as two television series and a decent role on Broadway, but for the most, although she makes a living as a working actress, Griffith has yet to reach that level of stardom she once almost had.
Melanie Griffith remains married to Antonio Banderas and she has the support of her husband and three children, one with Banderas and the other two children from her second and third marriages.  They own a home in Los Angeles as well as a home in Aspen, Colorado and Marbella, Spain.            


2012 At 2:15 
2012 Yellow 
2011 The Grief Tourist
2011 Hot in Cleveland
2010 Sammy's Adventures: The Secret Passage 
2010 Nip/Tuck
2007 Viva Laughlin 
2006 Robot Chicken
2005-2006 Twins 
2006 Have Mercy 
2005 Heartless 
2003 Tempo 
2003 Shade 
2003 The Night We Called It a Day 
2002 Stuart Little 2 
2001 Tart 
2000 Forever Lulu
2000 Cecil B. DeMented
1999 RKO 281 
1999 Crazy in Alabama
1998 Celebrity 
1998 Another Day in Paradise 
1998 Shadow of Doubt 
1998 Me & George
1997 Lolita 
1996 Mulholland Falls 
1995 Two Much 
1995 Now and Then
1995 Buffalo Girls
1994 Nobody's Fool
1994 Milk Money
1993 Born Yesterday
1992 A Stranger Among Us
1992 Shining Through 
1991 Paradise
1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities 
1990 Pacific Heights 
1990 In the Spirit
1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction
1988 Working Girl
1988 Stormy Monday 
1988 The Milagro Beanfield War 
1987 Cherry 2000 
1987 Miami Vice 
1986 Something Wild 
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1984 Body Double
1984 Fear City
1981 Roar 
1981 Golden Gate
1981 She's in the Army Now 
1981 The Star Maker 
1981 Underground Aces
1979 Vega$
1978 Steel Cowboy
1978-1979 Carter Country 
1978 Daddy, I Don't Like It Like This
1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries 
1978 Starsky and Hutch 
1977 Joyride 
1977 One on One 
1977 Ha-Gan 
1976 Once an Eagle 
1975 Smile 
1975 The Drowning Pool 
1975 Night Moves 
1973 The Harrad Experiment
1969 Smith! 

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