Michelle Pfeiffer
Actor
Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Marie Pfeiffer is an American actress. She made her film debut in 1980 in The Hollywood Knights, but first garnered mainstream attention with her performance in Scarface. Pfeiffer received Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actress for Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and Best Actress in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) and Love Field (1992). She has had her greatest commercial successes with Batman Returns (1992), What Lies Beneath (2000), and Hairspray (2007).
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Robert De Niro Is Haunted By Bernie Madoff's Bad Decisions In 'Wizard Of Lies' Teaser
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Robert De Niro has inhabited the psyches of some pretty damaged individuals over his career ― Anne Hathaway’s intern still ranks at number one obviously―  but Wall Street con man Bernie Madoff might be his most twisted role yet.  The first trailer for HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies” arrived Saturday and it looks like the television movie will be taking a surrealist approach to the life of the man responsible for one of the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Based on Diana B. Henriques’ book of the same name, “The Wizard of Lies” follows the rise and fall of the patriarch of the Madoff family, who profited an estimated $65 billion from duping thousands of investors to trust him with their money.  “What he did is beyond my comprehension, so there’s a disconnect somehow in him,” De Niro told reporters at the Television Critics Association event on Saturday. “And I still would like to understand. I did the best I could, but I don’t understand.” The film also stars Michelle Pfeiffe ...
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Michelle Pfeiffer Joins Board Of Top Environmental Group
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Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the board of directors at Environmental Working Group, adding celebrity firepower to one of the country’s most powerful consumer research and advocacy groups.  The “Batman Returns” star is the first Hollywood celebrity to lead the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, which focuses on farm subsidies and the health effects of toxic chemicals used in food, cosmetics and fossil fuel drilling and mining. The group, which pulled in $13.6 million in revenue last year, regularly releases consumer guides on food, makeup and sunscreen, and publishes an annual list of the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticide residue. “Like millions of parents, I’ve relied on EWG research for many years to help my family avoid toxic chemicals and lead a healthier life,” Pfeiffer, 58, said in a statement. “And now more than ever, we need EWG to lead the fight for a clean environment in Washington.” EWG certainly has its work cut out for it. P ...
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13 Of The Best Movies To Watch When You're In A Bad Mood
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Feeling blue? Flip on your favorite films. Not only do they trigger a feeling of nostalgia, they can also make you feel pretty joyful. Research shows your most beloved movies are irresistible to your brain. In other words, it's human nature to have the urge to re-watch films and television shows (admit it, you totally indulge in those "Friends" reruns). Whether it's a cinematic masterpiece or the world's biggest guilty pleasure, a favorite film can transform your mindset. Behold, our picks of the best movies to watch when you're in a bad mood: "Clueless" It's kind of silly, but smart and so appealing. The Paul Rudd of movies! And the soundtrack is '90s perfection. -- Meredith Melnick, Health Director "A Goofy Movie"  Because I'm 8 years old and the ending is so good. And they are dogs! Like how hilarious is that? -- Chanel Parks, Associate Lifestyle Editor "The Princess Bride" At the risk of sounding like Stefon here, this movie has EVERYTHING. Pirates, ...
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Shame on the <i>Star Wars</i> Body Shamers
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I guess the goodwill couldn't last too long. Just as Star Wars: The Force Awakens is being greeted by critical acclaim, record box-office earnings and praise for its compelling lead character, the dark side of fandom has arisen -- very much like the movie's First Order from the ashes of the Empire -- and is blasting Carrie Fisher for her appearance, so much so that the actress/writer herself felt the need to respond through social media. As you can see in the linked article, the troglodytes in question have then doubled down, suggesting a variation of "you were asking for it" since she agreed to appear in the movie in the first place. It is a morbidly fascinating phenomenon to witness the claiming of ownership of an entertainment franchise by certain segments of fans who blow collective gaskets when the newest installment does not meet every single one of their impossible expectations, or worse, dares to shake up the status quo. Author Chuck Wendig received a taste of this when he me ...
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Photos: Michelle Pfeiffer and Kiefer Sutherland Hold Hands on Set
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See your favorite stars transform into the characters you love.
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Women Dating After 50: Are We In A No-Man's Land?
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
I received this email on my site from a reader asking for advice about women dating in their 50s: I am approaching 50, and just over one year separated from my husband. As I look forward and begin to think about the possibility of future relationships, I can see that dating over 50 might be difficult. What I notice is that I don't seem to hear many happy stories about people (like me) who were married 20 to 25 years, got divorced, and then found happiness/marriage, etc again. It seems to me that a 50ish woman is somewhere in no-man's land for a future relationship. I may be generalizing but do you see the same thing? As I also approach 50, I agree with her no-man's land comment in many ways. Fifty isn't really young, but it's not old either. I have had some issues while shopping for clothes in recent years, because all the clothing out there either seems too young or too old for me. I feel like some young people treat me older, which seems odd. I meet people in their 50s, who ...
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GOP Claims Racism Is Over In Misguided Rosa Parks Tribute (UPDATED)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
On Sunday, the Republican National Committee tweeted out an ill-advised tribute to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, praising the late activist for "her role in ending racism." Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU — RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013 The message was widely mocked by Twitter users who pointed out that the end of racism was news to them: BREAKING: GOP says racism is over. In related news: "We were joking about that Kenyan-Muslim-socialist-dictator-Madrassa-foodstamp thing." — Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) December 1, 2013 Hey guys, remember racism? RT @GOP: Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/M6D8ixRjet — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 1, 2013 .@GOP Why is this upsetting people? Racism IS over; I've never suffered from it in my life. — rob delaney (@robdelaney) December 1, 2013 It also sparked a hashtag: #RacismEndedWhen: # ...
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The Book Doctors Interview Roxanna Elden on Teaching Writing, Writing About Teaching, and Getting a Second Shot at Publishing Success
Huffington Post - about 3 years
When we first met Roxanna Elden during our workshop at the Miami Writers Institute, she said she had an idea for a teacher book. This made us skeptical at first -- we've run publishing workshops for years, and in that time we've met hundreds of teachers who wanted to write books. Quickly, though, we realized Roxanna's idea was different: a book that debunks Hollywood-movie teaching myths (see Hilary Swank, Edward James Olmos and Michelle Pfeiffer), and shares honest, funny stories and practical advice from teachers around the country. She described it as "Hard Liquor for the Teacher's Soul." Arielle and I were impressed, but we know writing doesn't work like Hollywood either. Many talented writers give up before their work gets into the right hands. That's why, along with quality writing, thorough research, and smart networking, our workshop emphasizes a fourth component: Persistence. Roxanna took this message to heart. Her book, See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers, ...
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Epic Movie Pairings That Will Teleport You To The '90s
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Remember growing up thinking Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook made the cutest couple ever -- reality be damned -- after watching "She's All That" for the 23rd time? That's how we feel about all 15 epic movie pairings below that are just so perfectly '90s. Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier ... in "Drive Me Crazy," 1999 Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embry ... in "Can't Hardly Wait," 1998 Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek ... in "Fools Rush In," 1997 Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan ... in "American Pie," 1999 George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer ... in "One Fine Day," 1996 Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott ... in "Ever After: A Cinderella Story," 1998 Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck ... in "Forces of Nature," 1999 Ben Affleck and Joey Lauren Adams ... in "Chasing Amy," 1997 Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon ... in "Cruel Intentions," 1999 Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke ... in "Reality Bites," 1994 Alicia Silverstone and P ...
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Pat Sajak Reveals When His 'Wheel' May Stop Turning
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Pat Sajak is always on top of his game. The Emmy award-winning Wheel of Fortune game show host knows how to please an audience (sporting those boyish good looks and charming his audience with his quick wit and effervescent smile). And he's never met a contestant he didn't like. Okay, only two in 31 years. That fact alone may just keep him from being perfect. Sajak spent an hour with The Huffington Post to tell us a few things that won't be in the autobiography he's not planning to write. Has he ever had a crush on Vanna? Does he watch reality TV shows? Does he want to break Bob Barker's record? Has he ever had a face lift? Did he watch Ed Grimley fuss over him on SNL? And, does he want out of the bowels of those vowels? Oh, yes, he nailed the correct pronunciation of c-u-r-i-o. (Long story... he explains.) First order of business. A lot was written about the contestant who mispronounced the word curio and supposedly "lost a million dollars." How do you pronounce the word C-U-R-I-O? ...
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Michelle Pfeiffer: I was in a 'cult'
CNN - over 3 years
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer reveals she was part of a "cult" 30 years ago.
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Michelle Pfeiffer says she was in a cult
Fox News - over 3 years
Michelle Pfeiffer has revealed how she was once in a cult that believed humans could exist only on sunlight.
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These Best-Dressed Stars Seriously Shone This Week (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This week's best-dressed list was filled with stars in perfectly fitted minimalist looks. Allison Williams stood out in a simple black halter dress, while Carey Mulligan proved that you can look fabulous in yellow. Meanwhile, Sandra Bullock continued to hit it out of the park in an incredibly sexy lace dress (this lady is one to watch), and Rooney Mara proved that she is still one of Hollywood's best-dressed celebs. Check out our picks for best-dressed and let us what you think. Allison Williams In Dior Now this is a dress! What makes this gown so special is the silhouette. The halter neckline shows off William's toned arms and creates simple, clean lines which make the actress appear taller than she is. Carey Mulligan In Dior Yellow can be a tricky hue to wear given not all shades of the color are very flattering. But Mulligan seems to have nailed it with this strapless dress. The boning towards the top helps to give her a nice hourglass shape, while her pink lipstick ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michelle Pfeiffer
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 57
    On September 29, 2016, Pfeiffer was announced to be joining the cast of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.
    More Details Hide Details Pfeiffer is joined by Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michael Peña, Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh (who directs and stars). Pfeiffer will play Mrs. Hubbard. Filming will commence in London in November 2016. The film is slated for a November 22, 2017 release.
    On April 15, 2016, it was announced that Pfeiffer was in negotiations to join Darren Aronofsky's Paramount Pictures untitled drama alongside actors Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. Filming began on June 13, 2016 and is expected to hit theaters December 29, 2017, just in time for Oscar season.
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  • 2015
    Age 56
    On October 27, 2015, it was announced that Pfeiffer would star in Beat-up Little Seagull for Killer Films.
    More Details Hide Details Her character, described as a sensitive and fragile, loses her mother and "faces a crisis in which she must find a means for survival, all the while hiding her struggles from her new lover". Actor Kiefer Sutherland has been cast as the character's love interest.
    On August 27, 2015, it was confirmed that Pfeiffer was cast in the role of Ruth Madoff for HBO Films’ The Wizard of Lies based on the book of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The film reunites her with actor Robert De Niro, who is cast as disgraced financier Bernard Madoff. The film will be directed by Barry Levinson.
    On August 22, 2015, it was reported that Pfeiffer was tapped to guest star on the rebooted Muppets Show.
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  • 2013
    Age 54
    In September 2013, it was revealed that Pfeiffer will star in Best Boy directed by Robert Rodriguez, written by Nick Thiel. On December 13, 2012, Sonya Sones, author of the book The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: a Novel about Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem, announced that Pfeiffer had optioned the film rights to the book.
    More Details Hide Details On April 1, 2015, Variety revealed that former Today anchor, Katie Couric was shopping a comedy series set behind-the-scenes of a morning news show, with Pfeiffer attached to star. The show was pitched to HBO, Showtime, AMC, Netflix and Amazon.
  • 2012
    Age 53
    On November 7, 2012, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Pfeiffer will star alongside Tim Robbins (also director) and Chloë Grace Moretz in the dark comedy, Man Under. "The movie is described as being in the vein of American Beauty and The Royal Tenenbaums.
    More Details Hide Details It is about a dysfunctional Yonkers, New York, family whose lives are changed after a photo of them ends up in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, turning them into celebrities". On the red carpet at the New York City premiere of The Family, Pfeiffer revealed that she would be shooting a film in February 2014 entitled, Whatever Makes You Happy co-starring Viola Davis and Diane Keaton.
  • 2011
    Age 52
    After another short break from film, Pfeiffer appeared in Garry Marshall's 2011 romantic comedy New Year's Eve (Marshall also directed Pfeiffer in 1991's Frankie and Johnny), and appeared opposite Chris Pine in People Like Us (2012).
    More Details Hide Details She starred in an adaptation of former television series Dark Shadows, directed by Tim Burton (whom Pfeiffer previously worked with on 1992's Batman Returns), alongside Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Chloë Grace Moretz. In the film, she plays the family Matriarch, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. In 2013, Pfeiffer played the "tough mother", and wife of Robert De Niro's character, in Luc Besson's mob-comedy The Family. In interviews promoting The Family, Pfeiffer stated her desire to do an all-action movie. " I want to be like the Kiefer Sutherland character in "24". Jack Bauer? I want to be like him!... I want to kick butt I better do it soon". Pfeiffer has stated that her lack of acting throughout the 2000s was due to her children, and now with both her children away at college, she intends to "work a lot".
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 48
    Pfeiffer returned to the screen in 2007 with villainous roles in two major summer blockbusters, as Velma Von Tussle in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Hairspray (2007) with John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron and Queen Latifah, and as ancient witch Lamia in fantasy adventure Stardust (2007) opposite Claire Danes, Charlie Cox and Robert De Niro.
    More Details Hide Details Pfeiffer then accepted the roles of Rosie in Amy Heckerling's I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) with Paul Rudd and Saoirse Ronan, and Linda in Personal Effects (2009), which she starred opposite Ashton Kutcher and Kathy Bates, and was premiered at Iowa City's Englert Theatre. Her next film, an adaptation of Colette's Chéri (2009), reunited her with the director (Stephen Frears) and screenwriter (Christopher Hampton) of Dangerous Liaisons (1988), a film for which all three were nominees for (and, in Hampton's case, recipient of) an Academy Award. Pfeiffer played the role of Léa de Lonval opposite Rupert Friend in the title role, with Kathy Bates as his mother. Chéri premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2009, and received a nomination for the Golden Bear award. The Times of London reviewed the film favorably, describing Hampton's screenplay as a "steady flow of dry quips and acerbic one-liners" and Pfeiffer's performance as "magnetic and subtle, her worldly nonchalance a mask for vulnerability and heartache". Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that it was "fascinating to observe how Pfeiffer controls her face and voice during times of painful hurt". Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times praised the "wordless scenes that catch Léa unawares, with the camera alone seeing the despair and regret that she hides from the world. It's the kind of refined, delicate acting Pfeiffer does so well, and it's a further reminder of how much we've missed her since she's been away".
  • 2005
    Age 46
    After a four-year hiatus, during which she remained largely out of the public eye to devote time to her husband and children, she turned down the role of the White Witch in the 2005 fantasy film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which went to Tilda Swinton.
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  • 2000
    Age 41
    The Hitchcockian thriller What Lies Beneath (2000) with Harrison Ford, was a commercial success, opening number one at the box office in July 2000.
    More Details Hide Details She then accepted the role of highly strung lawyer Rita Harrison in I Am Sam (2001) opposite Sean Penn. The movie received unfavorable reviews, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote: "Pfeiffer, apparently stymied by the bland clichés that prop up her screechy role, delivers her flattest, phoniest performance ever". Although another journalist blamed her performance on the poor material given to work with. SF Gate wrote: "In one scene, she breaks down in tears as she unburdens herself to him about her miserable life. It's hard not to cringe, watching this emotionally ready actress fling herself headlong into false material". For her performance as murderous artist Ingrid Magnussen in White Oleander (2002), alongside Alison Lohman (in her film début), Renée Zellweger and Robin Wright Penn, Pfeiffer garnered a substantial amount of critical praise. Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote that "Ms. Pfeiffer, giving the most complex screen performance of her career, makes her Olympian seductress at once irresistible and diabolical". Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times described her as "incandescent," bringing "power and unshakable will to her role as mother-master manipulator" in a "riveting, impeccable performance". She earned Best Supporting Actress Awards from the San Diego Film Critics Society and the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
  • 1999
    Age 40
    In 1999, Pfeiffer chose to begin the process of dissolving her film production company, Via Rosa Productions and move into semi-retirement in order to spend more quality time with her children and family.
    More Details Hide Details She would continue to star in films sporadically into the 2000s and beyond. Pfeiffer handed her producing partner Guinzburg one final film to produce under the Via Rosa Productions header. The film was called, Original Sin (2001). It was originally intended to star Pfeiffer, who later changed her mind as she was looking to work less for a while. The film was produced by her company, but instead starred Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas.
    She was again featured on the cover of the annual issue in 1999, having made the "Most Beautiful" list a record six times during the decade (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1999).
    More Details Hide Details Pfeiffer is the first celebrity to have appeared on the cover of the annual issue twice, and the only person to be featured on the cover twice during the 1990s.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1996
    Age 37
    The song won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance, and the video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video.
    More Details Hide Details In 1996, she turned down the Golden Globe Award-winning role of Eva Perón in the biopic Evita, which went to Madonna. Pfeiffer then portrayed Sally Atwater in the romantic drama Up Close & Personal (1996) opposite Robert Redford. The film's screenplay, co-written by husband and wife team John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion, was intended to be a biographical account of the career of news anchor Jessica Savitch, but the final version had almost nothing to do with Savitch's life, leading Dunne to write an exposé of his eight-year battle with the Hollywood producers, Monster: Living Off the Big Screen.
  • 1994
    Age 35
    In August 1994, Pfeiffer gave birth to a son, John Henry.
    More Details Hide Details Having been a smoker for ten years and having a niece who suffered from leukemia for ten years, she decided to support the American Cancer Society. Her charity work also includes her support for the Humane Society. Pfeiffer is a vegan. During her career, Pfeiffer has won numerous awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Actress awards from the National Board of Review, the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, as well as Best Supporting Actress awards from the Kansas City Film Critics Circle and the San Diego Film Critics Society. She has received three Academy Award nominations to date: Best Supporting Actress for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and Best Actress in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) and Love Field (1992).
  • 1993
    Age 34
    In March 1993, she adopted a newborn daughter, Claudia Rose, who was christened on Pfeiffer and Kelley's wedding day.
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    They married on November 13, 1993.
    More Details Hide Details She made a brief uncredited cameo appearance in one episode of Kelley's television series Picket Fences and played the title character in To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, for which Kelley wrote the screenplay. Pfeiffer had entered into private adoption proceedings before she met Kelley.
  • 1992
    Age 33
    It was finally released in late 1992, in time for Oscar consideration.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times review wrote of Pfeiffer as "again demonstrating that she is as subtle and surprising as she is beautiful." For her portrayal of the eccentric Dallas housewife, she won the Silver Bear Best Actress award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Pfeiffer took the role of Catwoman (Selina Kyle) in Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992) opposite Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. For the role of Catwoman, she trained in martial arts and kickboxing. Pfeiffer has received universal critical acclaim for her performance and is consistently referred to as the greatest portrayal of Selina Kyle/Catwoman of all time by critics and fans. She was constantly praised for the amount of dimension and authenticity she brought to the character. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised her for giving the "feminist avenger a tough core of intelligence and wit" and called her a "classic dazzler". Premiere retrospectively lauded her performance: "Arguably the outstanding villain of the Tim Burton era, Michelle Pfeiffer's deadly kitten with a whip brought sex to the normally neutered franchise. Her stitched-together, black patent leather costume, based on a sketch of Burton's, remains the character's most iconic look. And Michelle Pfeiffer overcomes Batman Returns heavy-handed feminist dialogue to deliver a growling, fierce performance".
  • 1990
    Age 31
    In 1990, she appeared on the cover of People magazine's first 50 Most Beautiful People In The World issue.
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    In 1990, Michelle formed her own boutique film production company called Via Rosa Productions, which ran for ten years.
    More Details Hide Details The company would allow Pfeiffer to produce and/or star in films tailored for strong women. She asked her best friend Kate Guinzburg to be her producing partner at the company. The two met on the set of the film Sweet Liberty (1986) and quickly became friends. Kate was the Production Coordinator on the film and became close with Pfeiffer over the course of the shoot. Via Rosa Productions was under a picture deal with Touchstone Pictures, a film label of The Walt Disney Studios. The first film the duo produced was Love Field (1992). Pfeiffer earned an Academy Award nomination for Actress in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance as Lurene Hallett in the nostalgic independent drama Love Field (1992). This film had been temporarily shelved by the financially troubled Orion Pictures.
    She took the part of the Soviet book editor Katya Orlova in the 1990 film adaptation of John le Carré's The Russia House, opposite Sean Connery, a role that required her to adopt a Russian accent.
    More Details Hide Details For her efforts, she was rewarded with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. Pfeiffer then landed the role of damaged waitress Frankie in Garry Marshall's Frankie and Johnny (1991), a film adaptation of Terrence McNally's Broadway play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, which reunited her with her Scarface co-star, Al Pacino. The casting was seen as controversial by many, as Pfeiffer was considered far too beautiful to play an "ordinary" waitress; Kathy Bates, the original Frankie on Broadway, also expressed disappointment over the producers' choice. Pfeiffer herself stated that she took the role because it "wasn't what people would expect of her." Pfeiffer was once again nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for her performance. During this period, she turned down the role of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), which won Jodie Foster the Academy Award for Best Actress, the role of Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct (1992), ultimately played by Sharon Stone, and the role of Louise in Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise, that went to Susan Sarandon.
  • 1989
    Age 30
    In 1989, Pfeiffer made her stage debut in the role of Olivia in Twelfth Night, a New York Shakespeare Festival production staged in Central Park.
    More Details Hide Details Other film actors appearing in the play included Jeff Goldblum as Malvolio and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Viola. Frank Rich's review in the New York Times was extremely critical of the production, stating "Ms. Pfeiffer offers an object lesson in how gifted stars with young careers can be misused by those more interested in exploiting their celebrity status than in furthering their artistic development". Rich praised Pfeiffer's performance in what was then her most recent film, the screwball comedy Married to the Mob, but stating it was "unfortunate that the actress has been asked to make both her stage and Shakespearean comic debut in a role chained to melancholy and mourning". While taking acting classes in Los Angeles, Pfeiffer was taken in by a seemingly friendly couple who ran a metaphysics and vegetarian cult. While they helped Pfeiffer to no longer drink, smoke, or do drugs, the couple took control of her entire life. Much of her money went to the group. "I was brainwashed... I gave them an enormous amount of money." Pfeiffer, insecure, felt that she could no longer live without them. At an acting class taught by Milton Katselas in Los Angeles, Pfeiffer met fellow budding actor, Peter Horton. Pfeiffer and Horton began dating.
    During the 1989–1990 awards season, Pfeiffer dominated the Best Actress category at every major awards ceremony, winning awards at the Golden Globes, the National Board of Review, the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and the Chicago Film Critics Association.
    More Details Hide Details At the Academy Awards, she was favored to win the Best Actress Oscar, but the award went to Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy in what was considered a surprise upset. The only other major acting award for which she was nominated that she did not take home for The Fabulous Baker Boys was the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, which also went to Tandy. In the 1990s, Pfeiffer accepted and also turned down many high-profile roles, beginning with the title role in Pretty Woman (1990), which earned Julia Roberts a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    However, they decided to separate in 1988, and were divorced two years later; Horton later blamed the split on their devotion to their work rather than on their marriage.
    More Details Hide Details After her marriage to Horton, Pfeiffer had a three-year relationship with actor/producer Fisher Stevens. They met when Pfeiffer was starring in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Twelfth Night, in which Stevens played the role of Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Pfeiffer was also involved in an affair with John Malkovich, her co-star in Dangerous Liaisons, who at the time was married to Glenne Headly. In January 1993, Pfeiffer was set up on a blind date by her best friend and former producing partner Kate Guinzburg, with television writer and producer David E. Kelley, who took her to the movies to see Bram Stoker's Dracula the following week, and they began dating seriously.
  • 1987
    Age 28
    She finally scored a major box-office hit as Sukie Ridgemont in the 1987 adaptation of John Updike's novel The Witches of Eastwick, alongside Jack Nicholson, Cher and Susan Sarandon.
    More Details Hide Details Pfeiffer was cast against type, as a murdered gangster's widow, in Jonathan Demme's mafia comedy Married to the Mob (1988), opposite Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell and Mercedes Ruehl. For the role of Angela de Marco, she donned a curly brunette wig and a Brooklyn accent, and received her first Golden Globe Award nomination as Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, beginning a six-year streak of consecutive Best Actress nominations at the Golden Globes. Pfeiffer then appeared as chic restauranteuse Jo Ann Vallenari in Tequila Sunrise (1988) opposite Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell, but experienced creative and personal differences with director Robert Towne, who later described her as the "most difficult" actress he has ever worked with. At Demme's personal recommendation, Pfeiffer joined the cast of Stephen Frears's Dangerous Liaisons (1988) alongside Glenn Close and John Malkovich, playing the virtuous victim of seduction, Madame Marie de Tourvel. Her performance won her widespread acclaim; Hal Hinson of the Washington Post saw Pfeiffer's role as "the least obvious and the most difficult. Nothing is harder to play than virtue, and Pfeiffer is smart enough not to try. Instead, she embodies it. Her porcelain-skinned beauty, in this regard, is a great asset, and the way it's used makes it seem an aspect of her spirituality". She won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • 1981
    Age 22
    Pfeiffer and Horton eventually married in Santa Monica in 1981, and it was on their honeymoon that she discovered she had won the lead role in Grease 2.
    More Details Hide Details Horton directed Pfeiffer in a 1985 ABC TV special, One Too Many, in which she played the high school girlfriend of an alcoholic student (Val Kilmer); and in 1987, the real-life couple played an on-screen couple in the 'Hospital' segment of John Landis's comedy skit compilation, Amazon Women on the Moon.
    She appeared in a television commercial for Lux soap, and took acting lessons at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, before appearing in three further television movies – Callie and Son (1981) with Lindsay Wagner, The Children Nobody Wanted (1981), and a 1981 TV movie remake of Splendor in the Grass.
    More Details Hide Details She then landed her first major film role as Stephanie Zinone in Grease 2 (1982), the sequel to the smash-hit musical Grease (1978). The film was a critical and commercial failure, and Pfeiffer's single release of "Cool Rider" from the film's soundtrack on PolyGram failed to dent the music charts. Nevertheless, Pfeiffer received some positive attention for her performance, notably from the New York Times, which said "although she is a relative screen newcomer, Miss Pfeiffer manages to look much more insouciant and comfortable than anyone else in the cast". Despite escaping the critical mauling, Pfeiffer's agent later admitted that her association with the film meant that "she couldn't get any jobs. Nobody wanted to hire her". Director Brian De Palma, having seen Grease 2, refused to audition Pfeiffer for Scarface (1983), but relented at the insistence of Martin Bregman, the film's producer. She was cast as cocaine-addicted trophy wife Elvira Hancock. The film was considered excessively violent by most critics, but became a commercial hit and gained a large cult following in subsequent years. Pfeiffer received positive reviews for her supporting turn; Richard Corliss of Time Magazine wrote, "most of the large cast is fine: Michelle Pfeiffer is better " while Dominick Dunne, in an article for Vanity Fair titled "Blonde Ambition", wrote, "she is on the verge of stardom. In the parlance of the industry, she is hot".
  • 1979
    Age 20
    Pfeiffer's early acting appearances included television roles in Fantasy Island, Delta House and BAD Cats among others. She was one of the several candidates to audition as a replacement for Kate Jackson on the television series Charlie's Angels in 1979, although the part went to Shelley Hack.
    More Details Hide Details She had small roles in a few theatrical films, including Falling in Love Again (1980) with Susannah York, The Hollywood Knights (1980) opposite Tony Danza, and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), none of which met with much critical or box office success. Pfeiffer later said of her early screen work: "I needed to learn how to act... in the meantime, I was playing bimbos and cashing in on my looks."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1978
    Age 19
    She won the Miss Orange County beauty pageant in 1978, and participated in Miss California the same year, finishing in sixth position.
    More Details Hide Details Following her participation in these pageants, she acquired an acting agent and began to audition for television and films.
  • 1976
    Age 17
    She attended Fountain Valley High School, graduating in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details She worked as a check-out girl at Vons supermarket, and attended Golden West College where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. After a short stint training to be a court stenographer, she decided upon an acting career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on April 29, 1958.
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