Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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An unhappy couple

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. The pair first worked together on the set of the 1995 romantic comedy "Two Much," and Banderas, 52, directed his wife in the 1999 movie "Crazy in Alabama."

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

Griffith, 55, was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the 1998 movie "Working Girl."

Singing nun wins * A nun who became an Internet star for her unadorned pop song performances in full habit triumphed at Italy's version of musical competition "The Voice" early Friday, singing and dancing to a song from the 1980s movie "Flashdance."

Sister Cristina Scuccia has fascinated a global audience from her first surprise appearance in a blind audition back in March to her final number, "Flashdance What a Feeling," that clinched her victory among the final four competitors during the four-hour finale.

She took the title, and the Universal record contract, with a convincing 62 percent of the votes but her insistence on wearing a habit for the show has raised concerns among some faithful who question whether such exhibitionism is appropriate for a nun, and among critical viewers who see it as a gimmick to win attention.

After winning, Scuccia, 25, thanked "all those who have helped me in this difficult period," including sisters from her order who have supported her, sitting in the audience during each appearance with joyful smiles.

Fonda feted * The American Film Institute's celebration of Jane Fonda was like a who's who of Hollywood women.

Meryl Streep, Sally Field, Sandra Bullock, Lily Tomlin and Cameron Diaz were among the actresses saluting the 76-year-old Oscar winner, who accepted AFI's 42nd Life Achievement Award Thursday at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. …

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