Melanie Griffith is an American actress who got fame for her performance in the movie Working Girl, she got the Golden Globe Awards for that movie. She and Antonio Banderas were married for eighteen years and got separated in 2014. She performed in many famous movies and TV projects. Melanie Griffith has a net worth of $45 million in 2021.
Melanie Griffith was born on 9th August 1957 in New York, her mother Tippi Harden was a famous actress. Her father was an employee of the advertising agency. They got separated after four years and moved on with their lives. Tippi moved to California with her daughter after connecting with producer Noel Marshall. Melanie’s father stayed in New York, he has two kids from his marriage. Melanie has mixed origins, her ancestors emigrated from Norway, Sweden, England, and Germany. She got interested in acting at an early age, her father filmed her in a TV commercial at the age of nine months.
Melanie went to study acting courses in Hollywood at an early age. She however continued her education at Adler’s school in New York. At that very time, started her acting career by working in the movies like Starsky & Hutch, The Harrad Experiment.
Melanie Griffith got married for the first time in 1975 to the actor Don Johnson. He was her co-actor in the movie Night Moves at that time. They got separated just after four years. Cuban origin actor Steven Bauer was her second husband. He was known for his role in the movie Scarface. They had their first child Alexander Griffith Bauer in 1985. His parents got separated after two years, Griffith then returned to her ex-husband Don again. She gave birth to her daughter Dakota Johnson in 1989. The girl is equally popular as her mother and grandmother. Everyone knows her from the movie Fifty shades of grey. She won the title of Ms. Golden Globe in 2006.
In 1996, during the shooting of Two Much, Melanie Griffith met the Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. After a while, they got married. Even though there was a significant age difference, they were considered a strong couple in Hollywood. After the first year of marriage, she gave birth to her second daughter Stella.
Melanie’s children from her previous marriages lived happily with their mother and stepfather. They got separated after eighteen years of marriage. Some people speculate that their marriage ended because of an alleged affair with Nicole Kempel, the owner of a European bank. Despite all the differences, she shares a good relationship with her ex-husband Antonio Banderas.
Melanie’s work in the psychological thriller movie Night Moves was the role that got her fame. This movie was directed by Arthur Penn. She then works in the horror genre, Melanie shows the military service with the humor embedded in the movie She’s in the Army now. She worked with other actresses like Jamie Lee Curtis, Susan Blanchard, Janet MacLachlan. Melanie participated in the experiment of her mother and stepfather who brought the real lion in their house to create the movie with the title Roar. The movie was released in 1981.
In 1982, narcotics were found in Melanie Griffith’s blood. She underwent rehab for two years. Melanie then performs the leading role in the pseudo thriller Body Double. The movie story revolves around the assassination of a beautiful woman living in the opposite home. The movie discloses the criminal clan, the audience gets to know about the real criminal in the end.
Melanie had worked in the movie Something Wild alongside Jeff Daniels and Roy Liotta. Griffith started to act as the main character, she worked in the movie Working Girl. This movie got Melanie the nomination for Academic Awards and Golden Globe Awards. The movie creators Mike Nicholas, Douglas Wick, and Mark Lawrence got three times more profit than the budget of the movie. In the same year, she appeared in the crime drama Stormy Monday in which Melanie had the lead role. Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Bean, and Sting work with her in this movie.
In the nineties, Melanie was not that much active in acting. She just worked in the movies like Shadow of Doubt and Milk Money. In the comedy genre, she performed one of the lead roles alongside many prominent actors in The Bonfire of the Vanities. Her roles in movies like Two Much, Born Yesterday, and Paradise are also regarded as noteworthy roles in the industry. The critics appreciated her role in the drama Lolita with Jeremy Irons and Dominique Swain. She then worked in the RKO 281, the project of the HBO channel. Melanie’s work in this project got her the Emmy award for the Best supporting actress.
In the 2000s, Melanie Griffith worked in the historical comedy The Night We Called It a Day, which was directed by Paul Goldman. She then performed in the musical movie Chicago, her acting got an appreciation for her acting from critics. Melanie Griffith also appeared in the series Nip/Tuck in 2003 and the animated movie Robot Chicken. She got more famous from these projects.
As of 2021, Melanie Griffith is considered one of the richest celebrities in Hollywood. She has a net worth of $45 million, her Los Angeles home costs 5 million dollars. Melanie has several cars, boats, and other vehicles. Apart from her work in the movie and TV industry, she earns from endorsements of different brands.
She was cast in a role when she was just nine months old. Her life had many suffering and obstacles. She rose to fame after her exceptional acting all these years. As a good human being, she participates in many charity ventures. She is involved in the aid of children’s hospitals in Los Angeles and pediatric support in the hospital.