Tracy Griffith Biography
Sun Sign: Libra
Also Known As: Tracy Lee Griffith
Born in: New York City, New York
Famous as: Actress
Spouse/Ex-: Mark Daley
father: Peter Griffith
mother: Nanita Greene Samuels
siblings: Clay A. Griffith, Melanie Griffith
City: New York City
U.S. State: New Yorkers
education: University of Tennessee
Tracy Griffith is an American actor and one of the world’s first certified female sushi chefs. A celebrity with a diverse career, she was noticed by for her roles in movies such as ‘The Good Mother,’ ‘The Guiding Light,’ ‘The Finest Hour,’ and ’21 Jump Street.’ Tracy Griffith belongs to a family of actors and producers. She is the half-sister of actor Melanie Griffith. The two of them have worked together in movies such as ‘Fear City’ and ‘Crazy in Alabama.’ The first woman to graduate from ‘California Sushi Academy,’ she is known for having developed an exclusive sushi recipe that does not use raw fish. The actor and sushi chef also authored a cookbook named ‘Shushi American Style.’
- Tracy Lee Griffith was born on October 19, 1965, in New York City. The daughter of actor-producer Peter Griffith and model-actor Nanita Greene, she had early exposure to the world of glamor.
- She was a toddler when her family moved to Saint John, US Virgin Islands. Griffith was only 11 years old when her parents divorced.
- Griffith was educated at a boarding school in Maryland. She graduated in the year 1979. Following this, she spent 2 years at the ‘University of Tennessee’ but dropped out without graduating in 1987. It was around this time that she started experimenting with her acting skills.
- Griffith is the half-sister of Melanie Griffith, Peter Griffith’s daughter from an earlier marriage. Tracy Griffith also has a younger brother named Clay Griffith, who is a set decorator and production designer.
- As a young girl, Griffith thoroughly enjoyed sailing and scuba diving. While she was extremely enthusiastic about outdoor activities, she was equally interested in cultivating a number of skills. Later in her career, she not only made a name for herself as an actor and as Los Angeles’s “first sushi girl” but also made notable contributions as a songwriter and a painter.
- ’Fear City’ (1984) and ‘The Good Mother’ (1988) were two of the earliest movies of her career and featured her in supporting roles.
- In the early stage of her career, Tracy Griffith made guest appearances in popular shows such as ‘NBC’s ‘Family Ties’ (episode: ‘The Freshman and the Senior’). In 1989, she was seen in ‘Fox’s ‘21st Jump Street’ (episode: ‘Eternal Flame’).
- Once her acting career was launched, she was cast in movies such as ‘Fast Food’ (1989), ‘The First Power’ (1990), ‘The Finest Hour’ (1991), ‘Skeeter’ (1993), ‘All Tied Up’ (1994), ‘Joe & Joe’ (1996), ‘Brina’s Problem’ (1998), ‘Crazy in Alabama’ (1999), and ‘Murder In the Mirror’ (2000), among others.
- Griffith continued to work in TV series and miniseries even after establishing herself as a film actor. One of the most notable TV series in which she worked was ‘ABC’s ‘The Monroes’ (1995), which featured her in the character of ‘Ruby Monroe.’ Griffith also appeared in ‘Celebrity Hobbies: The Ultimate Countdown, Do It Yourself’ (2003) and ‘TNT’s ‘Bull.’
- Griffith also worked in a couple of miniseries. In ‘CBS’s ‘The Siege at Ruby Ridge’ (1996), she was seen playing the character of ‘Gwen Coulter.’ Earlier, in 1993, she had appeared as ‘Gabrielle “Gabby” Wilson’ in ‘NBC’s ‘Message from Nam.’
- Griffith has also been seen as a guest on talk shows such the ‘Canadian National,’ ‘Good Morning America,’ and ‘To Tell the Truth.’
- She hosted the recurring show ‘Cooking with D.I.Y,’ a show that matched her alternative passion: cooking. After graduating from the ‘California Sushi Academy,’ she worked as the featured sushi chef at ‘Tsunami’s’ in Beverly Hills. She was also a partner and chef at ‘Rika’s on Sunset,’ a sushi restaurant on the Sunset strip of Los Angeles. The celebrity sushi chef had her own cookbook, ‘Sushi American Style,’ published by ‘Clarkson Potter’ in 2004.
- An individual of diverse potential, she also tried her luck in music. Her first stint with music was for the album ‘Sabera for Peace,’ which had her co-write a song called ‘Cross Our Hearts’ with Nacho Cano. In 2006, she released an album of western dance tunes, ‘Red,’ which was named after her own nickname (which in turn was a tribute to her maternal grandfather, James "Red" Greene).
- The 1995 ‘ABC’ show ‘The Monroes’ had a distinct fan base, and as a recurring character in the series, Griffith’s ‘Ruby Monroe’ earned considerable love from the fans.
- Tracy Griffith earned as much (if not more) recognition as a celebrity sushi chef as she did as an actor. Born into a family of actors, she always had to deal with a certain amount of attention from the media and the public, but her unprecedented success as a sushi chef allowed her to create her individual identity.
- Griffith made a permanent place for herself in the history of American gastronomy when she became the first woman ever to graduate from the ‘California Sushi Academy.’ Apart from this, Griffith is also known as one of the first female sushi chefs in the entire world. Her sushi recipe without raw fish became such a success that she was commissioned to write a cookbook published by ‘Clarkson Potter’ in 2004.
- Tracy Griffith is married to business tycoon Mark Daley. Daley is the president of ‘Ralph Lauren’s Asia division. The couple walked the aisle on September 17, 2011, and as of March 2019, they continue to live together as husband and wife.
- Though there is a lack of authentic information about Griffith’s immediate whereabouts, it is known that she continues to hold a permanent address in Beverly Hills.
- Griffith held her first gallery show in San Francisco in 2011. Her paintings were inspired by the Napa Valley area, and they were exclusive pieces of landscapes.
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