Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas’ daughter files to have ‘Griffith’ removed from her name


Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas’ daughter Stella has filed to remove ‘Griffith’ from her name, according to legal documents, obtained by The Blast 

The 25-year-old Spanish actress wants to ‘shorten’ her name to Stella Del Carmen Banderas ‘by removing the extra last name.’ 

‘I typically do not use ‘Griffith’ when referring to myself or on documents,’ she explained in paperwork of her reasoning behind the request.  

Daddy’s girl: Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas’ daughter Stella has filed to remove ‘Griffith’ from her name, according to legal documents, obtained by The Blast; seen in 2017

She added, ‘So, dropping the name would match my regular use.’ 

Melanie’s youngest child, who is bilingual in both Spanish and English, is the half-sister of Alexander Bauer and Dakota Johnson, from her marriages to Steven Bauer and Don Johnson, respectively.

The dual-citizen of Spain and the United States was largely raised out of the spotlight, but recently attended the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival at the Kursaal Palace with her father last week. 

No drama: The 25-year-old sister of Dakota Johnson reportedly wants to change her name to 'shorten' her name to Stella Del Carmen Banderas 'by removing the extra last name' (pictured in 2012)

No drama: The 25-year-old sister of Dakota Johnson reportedly wants to change her name to ‘shorten’ her name to Stella Del Carmen Banderas ‘by removing the extra last name’ (pictured in 2012)

Stella’s choice does not seem to have anything to do with her relationship with her mother, who recently received a sweet birthday gift from both her girls. 

Last month, the Night Moves star shared an image from her dining room that was filled with gold balloons that spelled out, ‘Mama.’ 

‘I love my daughters ♥️,’ Melanie captioned the photo of her early birthday celebration. 

Good pair: The dual-citizen of Spain and the United States attended the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival at the Kursaal Palace with her father last week (pictured at the event)

Good pair: The dual-citizen of Spain and the United States attended the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival at the Kursaal Palace with her father last week (pictured at the event)

Mom's lookalike: Griffith and daughter Stella seen together on January 29, 2016

Mom’s lookalike: Griffith and daughter Stella seen together on January 29, 2016

She filed for divorce from Antonio in June 2014 after 18 years of marriage. 

The exes first began their relationship in 1996, during filming of their movie Two Much. 

Melanie would go on to star in her husband’s 1999 directorial debut Crazy In Alabama, which also featured Stella’s first on-screen role.

The mom-of-three has kept busy in recent years, with a recurring role on the rebooted Hawaii Five-0 and small parts in The Pirates Of Somalia and the Oscar-nominated Disaster Artist. 

Sweet surprise: Last month, the Night Moves star shared an image from her dining room that was filled with gold balloons that spelled out, 'Mama'

Sweet surprise: Last month, the Night Moves star shared an image from her dining room that was filled with gold balloons that spelled out, ‘Mama’

The Something Wild star’s family have also been enjoying a booming few years.

Her daughter Dakota appeared in the cosmic horror film Wounds earlier in 2019, followed by the heartwarming drama The Peanut Butter Falcon opposite Shia LaBeouf and Bruce Dern.

Her two-time ex Don appeared in the critically acclaimed and financially successful mystery thriller Knives Out, as well as the first season of HBO’s hit series Watchmen.

Antonio also received some of the best reviews of his career in Pedro Almodóvar’s autumnal Pain And Glory.

Last year Antonio said he still speaks to his ex-wife Melanie all the time and says she will always be part of his ‘family.’

'I typically do not use 'Griffith' when referring to myself or on documents,' she explained in the documents of her reasoning behind the request; seen in 2015

‘I typically do not use ‘Griffith’ when referring to myself or on documents,’ she explained in the documents of her reasoning behind the request; seen in 2015

Although the former couple divorced six years ago, they have remained close and Antonio, 61, says Melanie will always be part of his life because they shared so many ‘wonderful years’ and have their ‘wonderful daughter’ Stella together.

Speaking on TV show ‘El Break de las 7’, he said: ‘I think we are both reluctant to bury 20 years of marriage. We are human beings, we make mistakes and that is the human condition. You have to leave the egos aside and not want to prove that you are right or find who’s guilty of what. Because it may be both or neither of you. There is a moment when things are over and you have to accept it. 

‘The life I had with Melanie was beautiful. We had 20 wonderful years during which we gave our best and lived wonderful moments that I will not forget. We had a wonderful daughter that we both love and that is the end result of our relationship, the most beautiful thing we have ever done together,’ he added.  

Memories: Alexander Bauer, Stella Banderas, Antonio Banderas, Dakota Johnson, and Melanie Griffith pictured way back in 1998

Memories: Alexander Bauer, Stella Banderas, Antonio Banderas, Dakota Johnson, and Melanie Griffith pictured way back in 1998 



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