Melanie Griffith fined $80K for being drunk on set

By Marriska Fernandes on November 13, 2019 | 3 Comments

Melanie GriffithMelanie Griffith learned a lesson the hard way as she recalled a “humbling” moment of her life when she stumbled onto the Working Girl set after having one too many drinks.

Director Mike Nichols didn’t take it too well, and made her pay the price with $80,000 in compensation for production time lost. In an interview for Life Isn’t Everything, a new hardcover book in which Nichols’ closest friends tell their memories of the late director, Melanie, 62, details the incident, recalling how she went out for a few drinks with sober co-star Alec Baldwin and continued to binge drink when she returned to the set.

“There were a lot of things that happened on Working Girl that I did that were not right. When we got back to the set, I had vodka in my motor home, so I had a slug of vodka, and it mixed and made me so drunk, which I thought was really funny,” she said. “But it wasn’t, and it was cold, and I had to walk down the stairs with Alec, and I couldn’t do it.”Life Isn't everything - book about Mike Nichols

Obviously, the director wasn’t pleased with her behavior. “Mike got so mad at me, he wouldn’t talk to me. Mike Haley, the first AD, just came up and said, ‘We’re shutting down. Go home,’ and I knew I was in so much trouble.”

Melanie had to bear the consequences the next day. She wrote in the book: “The next morning he took me to breakfast and said, ‘Here’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to pay for last night out of your pocket. We’re not going to report you to the studio, but you have to pay for what it cost,’ and it was $80,000. They wanted to get my attention and they really did. It was a very humbling, embarrassing experience, but I learned a lot from it.”

This Working Girl clearly learned her lesson. As it says in the movie: “Dress shabbily and they notice the dress. Dress impeccably and they notice the woman.” And if you drink excessively, you notice the missing $80K. ~Marriska Fernandes

Comments & Discussion

  1. Debbie • November 14, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

    Probably should have stayed in the memory of Melanie, or in a book. Useless information. If anything, is a lesson in consequences for your actions.

  2. Jamie • November 14, 2019 @ 8:27 PM

    If only one of Lindsay Lohan’s directors had done that to her, maybe she wouldn’t have ended up a total mess and has been.

  3. Anthony • November 14, 2019 @ 10:11 PM

    Agree, it was smart of Mike Nichols to make her punishment swift and terrible. I bet she never behaved like an asshole on set again.

  4. Rosanne MacKenzie • November 16, 2019 @ 9:02 AM

    I met her in person in Palm Springs & she was drunk there too. Also screaming with a filthy mouth. No matter how famous, some people have no class.

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