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Melanie Griffith

Highest Rated:   100% Smile (1975)
Lowest Rated:   8% Milk Money (1994)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet J.L. Family Ranch
  • Laura Lee
2017
60% Dabka
  • Maria Bahadur
2017
No Score Yet JL Ranch
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Day Out of Days
  • Kathy
2015
30% Autómata
  • Dupre
2014
38% 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
No Score Yet 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
92% 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
24% 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
26% Born Yesterday
  • Billie Dawn
1993
36% 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
43% Pacific Heights
  • Patty Palmer
1990
No Score Yet In The Spirit
  • Lureen
1990
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction
  • Hadley
1990
84% Working Girl
  • Tess McGill
1988
73% Stormy Monday
  • Kate
1988
59% The Milagro Beanfield War
  • Flossie Devine
1988
43% Cherry 2000
  • E. Johnson
1988
88% Something Wild
  • Lulu / Audrey Hankel
1986
71% Fear City
  • Loretta
1984
77% 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
83% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Clara Williams Danny's Mom
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
91% Raising Hope
2010-2014
  • Tamara Collins
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Herself
  • 2011
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Brandy Henry
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1988

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