Melanie Griffith was born on August 9, 1957, in New York City to model Tippi Hedren and advertising executive Peter Griffith. Her parents’ marriage ended in 1961 and Tippi came to Los Angeles to get a new start. Tippi caught the eye of the great director Alfred Hitchcock, who gave her starring roles in Die Vögel (1963) and Marnie (1964). Tippi married her second husband, agent Noel Marshall, in 1964, and Melanie grew up with three stepbrothers. In 1965, her father married Nanita Greene Samuels, with whom he had two children: Melanie’s half-siblings Tracy Griffith and Clay A. Griffith.
Melanie also grew up with tigers and lions, as Tippi and Noel were raising them for the movie Roar – Die Löwen sind los (1981), in which the family later starred. Her career began as a model at just nine months old and she later appeared as an extra in Smith! – Ein Mann gegen alle (1969) and The Harrad Experiment (1973), where she fell in love with her mother’s co-star, Don Johnson. She was only… read more