Melanie Griffith celebrates daughter Stella’s birthday with rare photos: “honored to be your mama”

Stella Banderas, the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, has maintained a strong bond with her superstar mother despite dropping Griffith from her last name. Recently, on Stella’s 27th birthday, Melanie shared a heartwarming Instagram post to celebrate her youngest child.

In a post featuring a carousel of throwback photos, Griffith wrote, “Happy Birthday my beautiful Stella!” Stella’s father, Antonio Banderas, also expressed his birthday wishes in a separate Instagram post, sharing a collection of photos showcasing their father-daughter relationship through the years. Translated from Spanish, Banderas wrote, “My dear daughter, your arrival in the world 27 years ago is still the most beautiful day of my life. Congratulations, Stella del Carmen!!!”


Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith was born on September 24, 1996, in Spain. She is the only child Melanie Griffith shares with Antonio Banderas, whom she was married to for almost 20 years before their divorce in 2015. Stella is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.

In 2021, Stella legally shortened her last name from Banderas Griffith, citing convenience as her reason. She explained that she rarely used the name Griffith when referring to herself or on official documents, making the change align with her regular usage.

Stella comes from a family steeped in the entertainment industry. Her maternal grandmother is Tippi Hedren, known for her work with Alfred Hitchcock. She also has an older half-brother, Alexander Bauer, from Melanie Griffith’s previous marriage to Steven Bauer, a well-known actor recognized for his roles in “Scarface” and “Breaking Bad.” Additionally, Stella’s half-sister is Dakota Johnson, famous for her lead role in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film series. Dakota is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and her first husband, Don Johnson, whom she married twice.

Despite her famous family, Stella has pursued a path outside of Hollywood, focusing on fashion design and modeling. She graced the cover of Glamour Spain in September 2020.

Despite taking a different career route, Stella maintains a close and loving relationship with both of her parents. Melanie Griffith’s heartfelt birthday message to her daughter on Instagram reflects the deep bond between them. In her post, Griffith expressed her love and admiration for Stella, describing her as a source of love, compassion, and joy.

Antonio Banderas also joined in celebrating his daughter’s birthday with a touching Instagram post, emphasizing the significance of the day Stella was born.

Fans and followers of both parents shared their warm wishes and noted the striking resemblance between Stella and her mother, Melanie Griffith, while some commented on her resemblance to her father, Antonio Banderas.

Stella Banderas’ 27th birthday was a heartwarming occasion filled with love and well-wishes from her family and fans.

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