Melanie Griffith, who portrays the troubled mistress of a ruthless businessman in Atlantic Entertainment Group's "STORMY MONDAY," decided to make a career in acting after she landed her first starring role opposite Gene Hackman in Arthur Penn's "Night Moves." Born in New York, the daughter of Peter Griffith and actress Tippi Hendren, Griffith was a natural on screen. After receiving much acclaim for her work on "Night Moves," Griffith decided to study her craft in Hollywood, meanwhile starring in Michael Ritchie's satire of beauty pageants, "Smile," followed by "The Drowning Pool," a film in which she co-starred with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
Adding television to her credits, Griffith played a recurring role in "Carter Country," and starred in such TV movies as "Steel Cowboy," "She's In The Army Now," "Golden Gate" and "Starmaker" with Rock Hudson. Recently, she was seen in an episode of the popular TV series, "Miami Vice."
In 1981, she took a year's sabbatical to study drama with famed coach Stella Adler. After giving birth to a baby boy in 1985, she decided that more time off was needed for motherhood.
Her re-entry into films came a year later when Griffith starred in Brian de Palma's psychological thriller "Body Double." Launching her back into the limelight was her electrifying portrayal of "Lulu" and her vulnerable alter-ego "Audrey" in the 1987 hit "Something Wild." Not only has the film gained a widespread cult following in the U.S. and unstinted acclaim at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, it has also become a critical and commercial hit across Europe.
Griffith can currently be seen in Robert Redford's "The Milagro Beanfield War," and is now filming "Working Girl" in New York opposite Harrison Ford.
Griffith lives in Los Angeles with her son, Alexander.
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