Check out these insane vintage photos of Melanie Griffith living with a lion when she was a teenager.
Back in the 70’s Melanie Griffith and her mother who was an animal rights activist, and stepfather lived with a 400lbs pet lion named Neil. Her stepfather Noel Marshal was a director who wanted to make a film about big cats, so the trainer recommended he live with a lion for a few months to better understand the big cat. Within those few months the lion roamed the fridge, and slept in Melanies bed. Luckily, 14 year old Melanie was able to serve her time with the lion and walked away with only 50 stitches…not bad.
Photos were taken in 1971 by LIFE Photographer Michael Rougier in Sherman Oaks California.