Melanie Griffith is your quintessential Hollywood star. The veteran actress, who enjoyed her glory days in the ’80s and ’90s, has seen it all and done it all. Featured in several successful and unsuccessful productions – check; done plastic surgeries to enhance her looks – check; gone to rehab for substance abuse – check; married and divorced multiple times – check. Despite these and several other challenges, this indefatigable lady has emerged as one of the most accomplished actresses in Hollywood. Get to know more about Griffith here.
Melanie Griffith – Bio (Age)
Melanie Richard Griffith was born on the 9th of August 1957 in New York City. Her mom, Tippi Hedren was an actress while her father, Peter Griffith, was into advertising. Her parents divorced when she was four and she subsequently spent her childhood shuttling between her mom in New York and her dad in California. Griffith commenced her Hollywood career when she was just a child. She started out by appearing in several commercials before progressing to modelling and acting gigs. Griffith continued acting and modelling all throughout her childhood but did not let this detract her from her studies. She attended the Hollywood Professional School (a high school designed to accommodate the peculiarities of child actors) and obtained her diploma when she was just 17.
Upon finishing high school, Melanie Griffith pursued her Hollywood career in earnest. She honed her skills at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (New York) and landed her very first role as an extra in the 1969 western film, Smith! After this low-key debut, the NYC native went on to feature in a string of indie thrillers until her breakthrough in 1984 in the movie – Body Double. Body Double revolves around an actor named Jake, who is obsessed with his beautiful neighbour and Griffith played the role of a porn star who bears striking similarities to his subject of obsession. Her performance in the movie fetched her an award for Best Supporting Actress (from The National Society of Film Critics) and propelled her to the limelight.
Since her 1984 breakthrough, Melanie Griffith has not looked back. She has gone on to feature in over 50 movies, including Something Wild, Pacific Heights, Crazy in Alabama, Shining Through, A Stranger amongst Us and Working Girl. The latter is a 1988 romcom about a secretary, Tess McGill, whose boss steals her innovative ideas. Instead of licking her wounds in secret, McGill courageously hatches an intelligent plan to get recognition for her idea. The movie featured the likes of Harrison Ford, John Cusack and Griffith played the role of Tess McGill. Her excellent performance fetched her the 1988 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
Melanie Griffith has been married and divorced four times. Her first marriage was to actor, Don Johnson. The two first crossed paths on the set of the 1973 movie, The Harrad Experiment. At that time, she was 14 while he was 22 but they did not allow the age gap to stand in their way. They commenced a relationship and moved in together almost immediately. The couple dated for three years and later tied the knot in January 1976. The marriage proved to be doomed and they divorced, six months later, in July. Griffith got married for the second time in 1981, this time to Cuban-American actor Steven Bauer. The union lasted for eight years and they called it quits in 1989.
The actress thereafter reignited her romance with her first husband, Johnson and they got married again in 1989. During this 2nd coming, their union lasted for seven years and they divorced in 1996. Following the divorce, Griffith commenced a relationship with Antonio Banderas and they tied the knot in May 1996. Their union lasted quite long (19 years) but they divorced in 2015. One commendable thing about Griffith is that she remains on amicable terms with all of her exes and only has good things to say about them. They too also reciprocate these positive feelings; in fact, Banderas has been quoted as saying that he would love her until the day he dies. Meanwhile, the Working Girl star has disclosed that she is open to love and romance but won’t ever get married again.
Melanie Griffith has a total of three children. Her marriage to Bauer produced her first child, a son named Alexander Griffith Bauer (b. 1985). Her second marriage to Johnson produced a daughter named Dakota Johnson (b. 1989). Her marriage to Banderas equally produced a daughter named Stella Del Carmen Banderas (b. 1996).
Dakota Johnson has followed in her parents’ footsteps and is a budding actress. She has featured in movies such as Social Network, The Five Year Engagement, and 21 Jump Street. She is, however, most popular for her role as Anastasia Steele in the widely popular Fifty Shades Trilogy. Dakota has received several awards including Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress at the 2016 People’s Choice Awards and Female Star of the Year at the 2018 Cinema Con.