Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
Date of Birth: August 9, 1957
*English, as well as Welsh, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, and Scottish (father)
*Swedish, German, Norwegian (mother)
Melanie Griffith is an American actress. She is the daughter of Peter Griffith and actress Tippi Hedren. Her father had English, and smaller amounts of Welsh, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, and Scottish, ancestry. Her mother is of half Swedish, one quarter German, and one quarter Norwegian, ancestry.
Melanie is married to Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. Their daughter is Stella Banderas. Melanie’s daughter, with ex-husband Don Johnson, is actress Dakota Johnson. Melanie also has a child with her other ex-husband, actor Steven Bauer.
Melanie’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin Elmer Griffith (the son of William Thomas Griffith and Rosa Bond). William was the son of Abraham Griffith and Ellen M. Gent. Rosa was the daughter of Thomas Bond and Isabella Shugars.
Melanie’s paternal grandmother was Hilda Corine Atwill (the daughter of Robert Clarence Atwill and Lucy Jane McClure). Lucy was the daughter of Albert McClure and Mary Ann Whittle.
Melanie’s maternal grandfather was Bernard “Ben” Carl Hedren (the son of Mattias/Mathias Johnson Hedren and Wilhelmina/Vilhelmina “Winnie”/”Mima” Maria Flygare). Bernard was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents. Mattias was the son of Olof Jonasson and Kristina/Christina Andersdotter Floberg. Wilhelmina was the daughter of Petter Johansson Flygare and Kristina/Christina Maria Jansdotter.
Melanie’s maternal grandmother was Dorothea Henrietta/Henriette Eckhardt (the daughter of Charles “Charley” Eckhardt and Julia Strand). Charles was born in New York, to German parents, Frederick Eckhardt and Amelia Stubbe, who was from Hanover. Julia was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents, Lars E. Strand and Austine F. Moen.
Genealogy of Melanie Griffith (through her daughter, Dakota Johnson) – http://famouskin.com
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