Melanie Griffith Reveals Her Battle With Epilepsy, Calls Antonio Banderas Divorce 'Real Healer'



During a Hollywood panel, the 60-year-old actress attributes her seizures to the stress of her longtime marriage to her third husband.
Malanie Griffith opened up on her health issues during Women's Brain Health Initiative panel moderated by Sharon Stone in Beverly Hills. She revealed that she was diagnosed with epilepsy caused by the stress of her marriage to Antonio Banderas.

"They said it was an anomaly - they didn't know what it was," the 60-year-old star said. "The last two that I had I was on a boat outside of Cannes - on a big yacht - and I was extremely stressed out. Every seizure that I had was at a point when I was extremely stressed."

"I had two seizures, one they took me off the boat. I had this major grand mal seizure, and they took me to the hospital in Cannes and then brought me back to the boat. And then I had another seizure and I went back. They did the EEG and started to look at it seriously. When I came back [to the United States], I was diagnosed with epilepsy and nobody had said to me over a period of 20 years, no one paid enough attention to even diagnose me."

The actress has since taken medication and hasn't had any seizures for four years. "But I also got divorced, which is the real healer for me," she said. When the audience burst into laughter, she insisted, "It can be." She added, "I'm not stressed anymore. It's been three years."

"As women, we take on family, we get the husband, we have the life, we have the children, we take care of the house, we also go to work, we can't sleep at night because we are up with the kids," she said. "We have to do everything. We make sure the house is running - even if there is staff in your house, you are the one making sure that all the stuff is running."

"I don't think I've slept for 35 years. I still don't sleep; it's totally f**ked up my sleep cycle," the mother of three claimed. She added, "They did all the tests on my brain. They couldn't find the epilepsy; they couldn't find anything wrong. It's pretty much that it was stress. My brain is f**ked up."


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