5 Remarkable Roles Played By The Gorgeous Melanie Griffith

Date February 13, 2018

At 61, Melanie Griffith continues to inspire many new actors with her exceptional performances. Melanie was only nine months old when she made her first appearance on television as a model in a commercial. By 1969, she scored a role as an extra in Smith! and then also got another role in The Harrad Experiment (1973).

Melanie’s mother Tippi Hedren was also an actress. Following a divorce from advertising executive Peter Griffith in 1961, Tippi moved with her daughter to Los Angeles. It was here that a young Melanie first started acting professionally.

While on the set of The Harrad Experiment in 1969, Melanie fell in love with Don Johnson. Although the actor was much older than her at the time, Melanie’s mother consented to the relationship. Melanie was also working as a model at the time. But she was far from comfortable with the profession. Still, she kept to it as it was a sure way of earning good money.

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Her break came in 1975 when director Arthur Penn auditioned her for the role of a nymphet in his movie Night Moves. Melanie was reluctant to take the role due to her fear of camera, but Penn convinced her. This led to her reprising the particular role in several other movies directed by Penn.

Most memorable roles

Melanie won a Golden Globe in 1988 for her role in Working Girl. She has starred in 50 movies, and these are some of her most prolific performances.

1. Tess McGill in Working Girl (1988)

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2. Linda Voss in Shining Through (1992)

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3. Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday (1993)

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4. Patty Palmer in Pacific Heights (1990)

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5. Susie in Joyride (1977)

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Offscreen role

Offscreen, Melanie has another major role to play. She is also a mother of three children. Her first child, Alexander Griffith Bauer, was born on August 22, 1985. Melanie was married to Steven Bauer at the time, her co-star from the movie She's in the Army Now.

Next comes Dakota Johnson, born on October 4, 1989. Dakota is also a famous actress. Her debut was in the comedy-drama Crazy in Alabama (1999). The movie also featured her mother. She also played Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey.

Melanie also has a daughter with actor Antonio Banderas. Stella del Carmen Banderas was born on September 24, 1996.

Melanie’s last role in a film was Maria Bahadur in The Pirates of Somalia. The film was released in 2017.

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