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Latest Movie Role Opens Melanie Griffith’s Eyes to Severity of Holocaust

January 26, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ Melanie Griffith says her latest film role opened her eyes to the severity of the Nazi Holocaust in World War II.

″I didn’t know that 6 million Jews were killed,″ the actress told the New York Daily News. ″That’s a lot of people.″

Griffith, 34, portrays a Jewish secretary turned Allied spy in the wartime romance ″Shining Through.″ She co-stars with Michael Douglas.

The actress’ personal media consultant said later Griffith didn’t mean to sound insensitive with her Holocaust remarks. Griffith prefaced her comments by saying she hoped the movie would foster deeper understanding of the war.

The media consultant was not identified in the newspaper report that appeared Sunday.

Griffith also denied Hollywood rumors that she and Douglas became romantically involed during filming of ″Shining Through.″ She is married to ″Miami Vice″ star Don Johnson. They have a daugher, Dakota, age 2.

Her next project is a starring role in ″Born Yesterday.″

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