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Michelle Pfeiffer



With a rare beauty that has inspired countless platitudes and an almost-permanent place on People's Fifty Most Beautiful list, Michelle Pfeiffer had to work long and hard before getting respect for her talent, rather than mere adulation for her looks. Born April 29, 1957, in Santa Ana, CA, Pfeiffer got her first taste of fame in her late teens, when she won both the Miss Orange County beauty contest and then the title of Miss Los Angeles. After high school, Pfeiffer went to college for a year, deciding that she wanted to become a court reporter. It was while working in a supermarket that Pfeiffer realized that acting was her true calling and she auditioned for commercials and modeling assignments while she attended acting school.

Pfeiffer debuted before the cameras in a one-line role on the TV series Fantasy Island and went on to a string of bit parts on TV. She debuted on the big screen in a small part in Falling in Love Again (1980) and then had small roles in two more films before getting her big break with the role of Stephanie in Grease 2 (1982). This led to her portrayal of Al Pacino's wife in Brian De Palma's 1983 classic Scarface, for which the actress garnered favorable attention and greater opportunities. Her first starring role was in the comedy thriller Into the Night (1984) with Jeff Goldblum and was followed by a turn in Richard Donner's fantasy adventure Ladyhawke (1985). Over the next couple of years, Pfeiffer acted in films of varying quality, but it was with 1987's The Witches of Eastwick that her career turned in a truly positive direction. Starring alongside Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Jack Nicholson, Pfeiffer received much acclaim for her work, acclaim that continued with her turn in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), for which she received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. The same year, Pfeiffer took on an entirely different role as a Mafia wife in the 1988 hit comedy Married to the Mob. In 1990, she was rewarded with yet another Oscar nomination -- this time for Best Actress -- for her portrayal of a nightclub singer in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).

The 1990s proved to be a good decade for Pfeiffer, allowing her to branch out with a variety of roles that kept her from being pigeonholed and provided opportunities for her to showcase her versatility. Highlights from the first half of the decade included the 1991 romantic drama Frankie and Johnny, in which she played a frumpy, bitter waitress opposite Al Pacino; 1993's underrated Love Field, for which she received her second Best Actress nomination; Tim Burton's 1992 adventure Batman Returns, in which she co-starred with Michael Keaton and a lethally sexy cat suit; and the acclaimed 1993 Martin Scorsese adaptation of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. That same year, Pfeiffer would finally realize her lifelong goal of motherhood when she adpoted a baby girl named Claudia just a few short months before walking down the aisle for a second time to wed Ally McBeal and Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley (the actress' previous marriage to actor Peter Horton had dissolved in 1988). In 1994, Pfeiffer and Kelly would complete their nuclear family when the ecstatic mother gave birth to young John Henry.

The second half of the decade saw Pfeiffer stick to dramas and romantic comedies, notably the 1996 hit One Fine Day with George Clooney, Jocelyn Moorhouse's 1997 adaptation of Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, the star-studded 1999 adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the family drama The Deep End of the Ocean. Through it all, Pfeiffer maintained her siren status while increasing her bankability, no small feat in an industry where women over the age of 27 are often labeled as past their prime. Not that Pfeiffer would be in any danger of losing her looks in the near future; after perfectly meeting the rigorous standards of California plastic-surgeon Dr. Stephen Marquardt's complex "beauty formula" in 2001, the sultry actress was sing

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mother
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet The Wizard of Lies
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Where Is Kyra?
  • Kyra
2017
29% The Family
  • Maggie Blake
2013
54% People Like Us
  • Lillian
2012
37% Dark Shadows
  • Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
2012
7% New Year's Eve
  • Ingrid
2011
50% Chéri
  • Léa de Lonval
2009
No Score Yet Personal Effects
  • Linda
2009
76% Stardust
  • Lamia
2007
91% Hairspray
  • Velma Von Tussle
2007
64% I Could Never Be Your Woman
  • Rosie
2007
46% Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  • Eris
2003
70% White Oleander
  • Ingrid Magnussen
2002
34% I Am Sam
  • Rita Harrison
2001
46% What Lies Beneath
  • Claire Spencer
2000
28% The Story of Us
  • Katie Jordan
1999
67% William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Titania
1999
44% The Deep End of the Ocean
  • Producer
  • Beth Cappadora
1999
79% The Prince of Egypt
  • Tzipporah
1998
23% A Thousand Acres
  • Rose Cook Lewis
1997
47% One Fine Day
  • Melanie Parker
  • Executive Producer
1996
14% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
  • Gillian
1996
29% Up Close & Personal
  • Tally Atwater
1996
29% Dangerous Minds
  • Louanne Johnson
1995
60% Wolf
  • Laura Alden
1994
80% The Age of Innocence
  • Ellen Olenska
1993
36% Love Field
  • Lurene Hallett
1992
80% Batman Returns
  • Catwoman
1992
78% Frankie & Johnny
  • Frankie
1991
75% The Russia House
  • Katya
1990
96% The Fabulous Baker Boys
  • Susie Diamond
1989
42% Tequila Sunrise
  • Jo Ann Vallenari
1988
91% Married to the Mob
  • Angela Demarco
1988
93% Dangerous Liaisons
  • Madame De Tourvel
1988
No Score Yet Power, Passion and Murder
  • Natica Jackson
1987
60% Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Brenda
1987
73% The Witches of Eastwick
  • Sukie Ridgemont
1987
75% Sweet Liberty
  • Faith Healy
1986
65% Ladyhawke
  • Isabeau d'Anjou
1985
41% Into the Night
  • Diana
1985
82% Scarface
  • Elvira Hancock
1983
32% Grease 2
  • Stephanie Zimone
1982
No Score Yet Callie & Son
  • Sue Lynn
1981
40% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen
  • Cordelia Farrington III
1981
20% The Hollywood Knights
  • Suzie Q
1980
No Score Yet Falling in Love Again
  • Sue Wellington
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Natica Jackson
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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