Throughout her career she landed some iconic movie roles that remain memorable
Melanie Griffith turns 61 today
Melanie Richards Griffith was born on August 9, 1957 in New York, the daughter of actress Tippi Hedren (Hitchcock’s “The Birds”). She began her career as a teenager in nonspeaking film roles, her first credited and relevant one was in 1975 opposite Gene Hackman in Arthur Penn’s “Night Moves”. During the 1980’s Griffith earned a name for herself as an actress despite being the daughter of the iconic actress Tippi Hedren, with movies such as Brian De Palma’s 1984 “Body Double”, which earned her a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, cult movie “Something Wild” in 1986 with Jeff Daniels and the science fiction film “Cherry 2000”, which went straight to video in 1988 but has also become a cult favorite. In 1988, as the spunky secretary Tess McGill in the box office hit “Working Girl” and co-starring Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin and Joan Cusack, Griffith had her most awarded movie role of the decade. Griffith’s performance was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. She also received other Golden Globe nominations, most notably in 1995 for her performance in “Buffalo Girls”. During the 1990’s Griffith starred in several movies, but her personal life became more relevant to the media than her work as an actress, specially after her complicated romantic story with other Hollywood stars. At age 14, Griffith began dating Don Johnson, her mother’s 22-year-old co-star in “The Harrad Experiment”. The relationship culminated in a six-month marriage from January to July 1976, and after the divorce, she dated actors Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, and Ryan O’Neal. In 1988, Griffith reconnected with Johnson. They remarried on June 26, 1989 and had a daughter, the actress Dakota Johnson. They separated again in 1994 and after a brief reconciliation separated again in 1995. She began a relation with Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, her married co-star from “Two Much”, and after their respective divorces were finalized, Griffith and Banderas married in 1996, the same year their daughter Stella Del Carmen Banderas was born. The couple divorced in 2014 after releasing a statement announcing their intention to divorce “in a loving and friendly manner”. Also politically active, Griffith is a registered member of the Democratic Party. The latest movie she worked as an actress was in the 2017 James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist”. Today she turns 61.
Watch Melanie Griffith in action as Tess McGill in the 1988 movie “Working Girl”
Watch Melanie Griffith and her daughter Dakota Johnson at the Oscars Red Carpet in 2015
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