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Golisano engaged to Seles

During a visit to Bishop Kearney High School in Irondequoit on Thursday, Paychex Inc. founder B. Thomas Golisano announced his engagement to Monica Seles, the nine-time tennis Grand Slam champion, according to a Channel 2 report.

The two have been dating for several years. Golisano retired from Paychex in 2004 and has dedicated his time since then to philanthropy through the Golisano Foundation. He has also been active in state politics and owned the Buffalo Sabres for several years.

Griffith, Banderas splitting

Melanie Griffith filed for divorce Friday from Antonio Banderas, her husband of 18 years.

For years, they were among Hollywood’s hottest couples, with Banderas publicly supporting his wife’s treatments for addiction and both supporting charitable causes.

Griffith cited irreconcilable differences in the court filing in Los Angeles. The actors have a 17-year-old daughter.

Griffith, 56, is seeking spousal support but is willing to pay her own attorney fees, her filing shows.

Griffith has been married four times, including twice to actor Don Johnson. Banderas has one previous marriage.

Meeting Carole King

When Jesse Mueller first sat behind the piano to portray Carole King on Broadway, she had no idea what kind of year she was going to have. It was when the real Carole King showed up unexpectedly at a recent performance that put it all into perspective.

During a curtain call in early April of the Tony Award-nominated “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” the legendary musician walked out on stage and hugged Mueller and the cast.

King told the audience that Mueller and the company were fantastic and “I couldn’t be more proud.”

King’s appearance changed Mueller’s performance, at least temporarily. It took her a few shows to regain her composure, she said.

“Beautiful” is nominated for seven Tony awards. The award show is Sunday on CBS.

Stars come out for Fonda

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 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Guests at the private ceremony – which is set to air as a special on TNT next Saturday – included Chelsea Handler, Melanie Griffith, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Gay Harden, and activist Eve Ensler.

Wanda Sykes, who wore a “Barbarella” costume and was carried onstage by a man dressed as a winged angel, called Fonda “my hero.” Diaz cited her as “a beautiful example of navigating a career in Hollywood.” Field admitted she’s been “trying like crazy” to follow in Fonda’s footsteps. Bullock told Fonda, “you live the life so many of us dream of.”

— From News wire services

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