Melanie Griffith

Highest Rated: 100% Smile (1975)
Lowest Rated: 8% Milk Money (1994)
Birthday: Aug 9, 1957
Birthplace: New York City, NY, USA
The daughter of onetime fashion model Tippi Hedren (Marnie) and actor Peter Griffith, Melanie Griffith witnessed her parents' divorce as a toddler. She relocated from Manhattan to Los Angeles in the custody of her mom at the age of four, when Alfred Hitchcock discovered Hedren and offered her a bid for movie stardom. Hedren soon married her second husband, film producer Noel Marshall, and relocated the entire family (including Griffith) to an Acton, California ranch, but at age 15 (c. 1972), Griffith broke out on her own. She started modeling professionally and struck up a live-in relationship with then-22-year-old Don Johnson. Thus commenced a notoriously rocky, complex romance of four years. It temporarily ended when Griffith and Johnson wed and divorced several months later. In the mean time, Griffith kick-started her acting career with promising films including the Arthur Penn-directed detective saga Night Moves (1975) and the Paul Newman mystery The Drowning Pool (1975).Problems with drugs and drinking followed Griffith and Johnson's divorce. It all came crashing down for the rising star in 1980, when she was hit by a car on Sunset Boulevard and seriously injured, with amnesia that lasted for several days and a fractured arm. Ultimately, she did survive, and launched a comeback in the 1980s, studying acting with the preeminent Stella Adler. Griffith made a distinct impression as porn star Holly Body in Brian DePalma's thriller Body Double (1984), and two years later received a wealth of critical acclaim for her role in Something Wild, a Jonathan Demme comedy. It cast her as a reckless spirit opposite an uptight Jeff Daniels. In many ways, however, 1988 witnessed Griffith's breakthrough; that year, she appeared in Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War and starred in the Mike Nichols comedy Working Girl. For her work in the latter film, as a young career woman trying to conquer the New York business world, Griffith earned an Oscar nomination and no small amount of critical respect. Unfortunately, she then endured a series of less well-received outings, including Brian DePalma's widely panned Tom Wolfe outing The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), the John Schlesinger mystery Pacific Heights (1990) and director David Seltzer's period meller Shining Through (1992).While her acting career continued on its highs and lows, Griffith once again wed Johnson in 1989; their second union lasted until 1996. That same year, the actress married Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas following a much-publicized romance. She went on to do some of her best work in years in 1997 as the puffy, tragically misguided Mrs. Haze in Adrian Lyne's overlooked adaptation of Lolita. She then signed on to portray drug dealer James Woods's wife in the Larry Clark-directed addiction drama Another Day in Paradise (1998); unfortunately, the film failed to make a significant impact on critics. At about the same time, the actress portrayed a flippant movie star in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998), and a nutty aspiring actress who totes her dead husband's head around in a hat box in the Antonio Banderas-directed Crazy in Alabama in 1999. Both films received negative-to-mediocre reviews. Griffith would continue to sign on for roles in the coming years, though subsequent projects were of somewhat lower profile, like the documentaries Light Keeps Me Company (2000) and Searching for Debra Winger (2002), as well as John Waters's outrageous black comedy Cecil B. Demented (2000), the romantic drama Tempo, and the crime thriller Shade.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
67% The Pirates of Somalia Maria Bahadur 2017
No Score Yet Day Out of Days Kathy 2015
29% Autómata Dupre 2014
33% Dark Tourist Betsy 2013
No Score Yet Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Kristin 2013
No Score Yet Dino Time Tyra 2012
20% Sammy's Adventures 2 (Sammy's avonturen 2) Snow $0.6M 2012
No Score Yet Dino Mom Tyra 2010
No Score Yet The Night We Called It A Day Actor 2005
No Score Yet All the Way Barbara Marx 2004
No Score Yet Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me Actor 2004
67% Shade Eve 2003
No Score Yet Tempo Sarah 2003
No Score Yet All the Way: The Kidnapping of a Music Legend Actor 2003
No Score Yet Night We Called It a Day Actor 2003
81% Stuart Little 2 Margalo the Bird $64.8M 2002
80% Searching for Debra Winger Actor 2002
No Score Yet Tart Diane Milford 2002
83% Light Keeps Me Company Actor 2001
53% Cecil B. Demented Honey Whitlock 2000
No Score Yet Forever Lulu Lulu 2000
93% RKO 281 Marion Davies 1999
30% Crazy in Alabama Lucille 1999
41% Celebrity Nicole 1998
No Score Yet Shadow of Doubt Kitt Devereux 1998
57% Another Day in Paradise Sidney 1997
68% Lolita Charlotte Haze 1997
30% Mulholland Falls Katherine Hoover 1996
14% Two Much Betty Kerner 1996
28% Now and Then Tina Tercell 1995
No Score Yet Buffalo Girls Dora DuFran 1995
No Score Yet Lions: Kings of the Serengeti Narrator 1995
91% Nobody's Fool Toby Roebuck 1994
8% Milk Money V 1994
25% Born Yesterday Billie Dawn 1993
44% Shining Through Linda Voss 1992
23% A Stranger Among Us Emily Eden 1992
36% Paradise Lily Reed 1991
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities Maria Ruskin 1990
46% Pacific Heights Patty Palmer 1990
No Score Yet In The Spirit Lureen 1990
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction Hadley 1990
85% Working Girl Tess McGill 1988
73% Stormy Monday Kate 1988
59% The Milagro Beanfield War Flossie Devine 1988
43% Cherry 2000 E. Johnson 1988
89% Something Wild Lulu / Audrey Hankel 1986
67% Fear City Loretta 1984
78% Body Double Holly Body 1984
70% Roar Melanie $0.2M 1981
No Score Yet The Star Maker Dawn Bennett 1981
No Score Yet She's in the Army Now Sylvie Knoll 1981
No Score Yet Underground Aces Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Steel Cowboy Actor 1978
86% One on One Hitchhiker 1977
No Score Yet Joyride Susie 1977
No Score Yet Once an Eagle Jinny Massengale 1976
50% The Drowning Pool Schuyler Devereaux 1975
100% Smile Karen Love/'Miss Simi Valley' 1975
82% Night Moves Delly Grastner 1975
No Score Yet The Harrad Experiment Extra (uncredited) 1973

TV

CREDIT
91% SMILF
2017
  • 2019
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
Clara Williams Danny's Mom
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
92% Raising Hope
2010-2014
Tamara Collins
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
Herself
  • 2011
  • 2010
75% Nip/Tuck
2003-2009
Brandy Henry
  • 2010
No Score Yet Viva Laughlin
2007
Bunny
  • 2007
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet Twins
2005-2006
Lee Arnold
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1988
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Christine von Marburg
  • 1987
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Julie
  • 1978

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