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Antonio Banderas: Pain Meds Led Melanie Griffith to Rehab

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Antonio Banderas: Pain Meds Led Melanie Griffith to Rehab

Originally posted 09/09/2009 08:00AM

Melanie Griffith's recent admission to a rehab clinic isn't something husband Antonio Banderas is going to sweep under the rug.

"It's not a rumor, but let me explain to you," Banderas, 49, tells Ellen DeGeneres in an interview to air on Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"It was said actually in some magazine that I said that I gave an ultimatum to my wife. That I present the matter of divorce because she has been involved in addictions and blah, blah, blah," says the actor. "Melanie has been addicted for many years and we always came out. We said it out loud. It was okay, we were never embarrassed of the situation but what happened she was clean and sober for six years."


But six years of clean living was endangered after Griffith, 52, had a skiing accident in Aspen, Co., a year and a half ago. Three operations in her knee required her to use narcotics – and come face-to-face with her demons again.

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QUOTED: Antonio Banderas Quells Marital Breakup Rumors | Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith

QUOTED: Antonio Banderas Quells Marital Breakup Rumors

Originally posted 09/03/2009 10:10AM

"She's doing fantastic and very little of what is being published is true."

Antonio Banderas, 49, tells Extra that "I am not going away" from wife Melanie Griffith, who is currently in rehab.

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Antonio Banderas's Dream Role: Woman for a Day | Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas's Dream Role: Woman for a Day

Originally posted 11/16/2007 09:45AM

What do women want? Antonio Banderas is willing to find out – even if it means a sex change.

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Couples Watch | Christina Aguilera

Couples Watch

Originally posted 07/03/2006 06:00AM

Newlywed Christina Aguilera says recording her new double-CD Back to Basics (due Aug. 15) was like "having twins." So we had to ask: Are there any plans for kids in her and music-producer husband Jordan Bratman's future? "Maybe after the next couple of years we'll start venturing into the mind frame of starting our family," she told us at Entertainment Weekly's Must List party at New York City's Buddha Bar. "But I have goals and a set game plan for myself. I have to get through delivering these two babies first." And how does she feel about Bratman after seven months of marriage? Call it freshman-year bliss: "He's my best friend, my backbone and my support system," says Aguilera.

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Antonio Banderas Puts On His Dancing Shoes | Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas Puts On His Dancing Shoes

Originally posted 04/08/2006 06:00AM

Antonio Banderas stars in Take the Lead, based on the life of Pierre Dulaine, a ballroom dancer who volunteered to teach in New York City public schools. Can swashbuckling Zorro handle a paso doble? PEOPLE spoke with Banderas, 45, a native of Málaga, Spain.

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Antonio Prepares for Battle | Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith

Antonio Prepares for Battle

Originally posted 07/05/2004 06:00AM

There are several similarities between Puss-in-Boots, the character Antonio Banderas voices in the hit movie Shrek 2, and Zorro, whom he played in 1998's Mask of Zorro and will revisit for Zorro 2 (which begins filming later this month): both wear a black cape and black hat, carry a sword, and have a penchant for carving up trees with their initials. Of course, the obvious difference is that Puss-in-Boots is an animated cat – and that means Banderas didn't have to train to play him. Not so with Zorro: "I'm going to have to work out very heavily for Zorro, because otherwise people are going to start screaming in the movie theater, 'We like the cat more!' "

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Antonio Banderas | Antonio Banderas

Antonio Banderas

Originally posted 05/17/2004 01:00PM

Antonio Banderas isn't pussyfooting around these days. First, he showed off his dance moves and vocal range on Broadway in the musical Nine. And now, the Mask of Zorro and Desperado actor, 43, has landed on his feet in Shrek 2, in which he provides the voice (and sexy Spanish accent) for the swashbuckling, sword-swinging feline Puss in Boots.

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Broadway's Banderas Also Busy in Mexico

Originally posted 07/15/2003 01:00AM

In Broadway's Tony-winning musical revival of "Nine," Antonio Banderas gets his feet wet with the live production -- the Venice set floods every night, allowing him to splash about shoeless.

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Antonio and Harvey: Hot Broadway Pair

Originally posted 05/19/2003 01:00PM

Just like the 1969 Oscars, when Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn were both named Best Actress, Sunday night's 48th annual Drama Desk Awards shared the love between two performers.

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Banderas Approved for Tony Award Race

Originally posted 04/25/2003 10:00AM

Broadway's Tony race this season is shaping up to be more interesting than recent heats, with Antonio Banderas in the hit revival of "Nine" deemed to be the only performer from that show eligible for a lead acting Tony nomination, organizers announced Thursday.

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