published Friday, June 6th, 2014

Actress Melanie Griffith files to divorce Antonio Banderas

Melanie Griffith sporting a tattoo, left, and her husband, Antonio Banderas, attend the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 in Hollywood.
Melanie Griffith sporting a tattoo, left, and her husband, Antonio Banderas, attend the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 in Hollywood.
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LOS ANGELES — Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas are ending their 18-year marriage.

Griffith filed for divorce Friday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences for the split.

The actors were married in May 1996 and have a 17-year-old daughter together. Griffith, 55, is seeking spousal support from Banderas but is willing to pay her own attorneys' fees, her filing shows.

Griffith, who has a tattoo of Banderas' first name in a heart on her right shoulder, signed the divorce petition on May 30 but did not specify the date of the couple's separation.

The pair first worked together on the set of the 1995 romantic comedy "Two Much" and the 52-year-old actor directed his wife in the 1999 film "Crazy in Alabama."

Banderas in recent years has served as the voice of the animated character Puss in Boots in the "Shrek" films and starred in Pedro Almodovar's two most recent films, "The Skin I Live In" and "I'm So Excited!"

Griffith was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the 1998 film "Working Girl." She has recently turned to television work, guest-starring in the series "Hawaii Five-0," ''Hot in Cleveland" and "Raising Hope."

An email sent to the couple's publicist, Robin Baum, was not immediately returned.

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