Michelle Pfeiffer

Supermarket cashier, Actor, Model
While fame had certainly been good to her, actress Michelle Pfeiffer rarely went out of her way to revel in her celebrity. Aside from her film and television roles, Pfeiffer was famously known for guarding her privacy ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1958 in Santa Ana, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (73)

The Family 2013 (Movie)

Maggie Blake (Actor)

Dark Shadows 2012 (Movie)

Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Actor)

People Like Us 2012 (Movie)

Lillian (Actor)

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Ingrid (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Chéri 2009 (Movie)

Lea de Lonval (Actor)

Personal Effects 2009 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

Velma Von Tussle (Actor)

I Could Never Be Your Woman 2007 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2007 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Stardust 2007 (Movie)

Lamia (Actor)

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Eris (Actor)

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

White Oleander 2002 (Movie)

Ingrid Magnussen (Actor)

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

Rita Harrison (Actor)

What Lies Beneath 2000 (Movie)

Claire Spencer (Actor)

The Deep End of the Ocean 1999 (Movie)

Beth Cappadora (Actor)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

Katie Jordan (Actor)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

of Tzipporah (Voice)

A Thousand Acres 1997 (Movie)

Rose Cook Lewis (Actor)

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

Melanie Parker (Actor)

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 (Movie)

Gillian Lewis (Actor)

Up Close and Personal 1996 (Movie)

Tally Atwater (Actor)

Dangerous Minds 1995 (Movie)

LouAnne Johnson (Actor)

Discovering Women 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hollywood's Leading Ladies With David Sheehan 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

Laura Alden (Actor)

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

Countess Ellen Olenska (Actor)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Batman Returns 1992 (Movie)

Catwoman/Selina Kyle (Actor)

Love Field 1992 (Movie)

Lurene Hallett (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (03/30/92) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankie and Johnny 1991 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Russia House 1990 (Movie)

Katya (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

Susie Diamond (Actor)

Dangerous Liaisons 1988 (Movie)

Madame De Tourvel (Actor)

Married to the Mob 1988 (Movie)

Angela DeMarco (Actor)

Natica Jackson 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Tequila Sunrise 1988 (Movie)

Jo Ann Vallenari (Actor)

Amazon Women on the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

Suki Ridgemont (Actor)

Sweet Liberty 1986 (Movie)

Faith Healy (Actor)

Into the Night 1985 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

Ladyhawke 1985 (Movie)

Isabeau (Actor)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

Elvira (Actor)

Callie & Son 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 2 1982 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

Splendor in the Grass 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 1980 (Movie)

Cordelia (Actor)

The Hollywood Knights 1980 (Movie)

Suzie Q (Actor)

Delta House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Falling in Love Again 1979 (Movie)

Sue Wellington (Actor)

American Horror Story (Tv Show)

Actor

B.A.D. Cats (TV Show)

Actor

One Too Many (TV Show)

Actor

The Children Nobody Wanted (TV Show)

Actor

The Solitary Man (TV Show)

Actor
Music (4)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

("(The Legend Of) Miss Baltimore Crabs") (Song Performer)

The Prince of Egypt 1998 (Movie)

("When You Believe") (Song Performer)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("Feelings" "More Than You Know" "Ten Cents a Dance" "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" "The Look of Love" "Makin' Whoopee" "The Pea Song" "My Funny Valentine) (Song Performer)

The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

("The Pea Song") (Music)
Producer (1)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

While fame had certainly been good to her, actress Michelle Pfeiffer rarely went out of her way to revel in her celebrity. Aside from her film and television roles, Pfeiffer was famously known for guarding her privacy, much like many of the characters she had portrayed on screen, most notably the icy Elvira, mistress to a Cuban drug smuggler, in the iconic "Scarface" (1983). Even her desire to subvert her timeless, ethereal beauty by often appearing in public dressed in jeans, T-shirt and baseball cap failed in the face of twice making People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" list. Luckily for Pfeiffer, she possessed acting talent to match her stunning looks, giving Oscar-nominated performances in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988), "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989) and "Love Field" (1992). But it was her offbeat turn as Catwoman in "Batman Returns" (1992) that firmly established Pfeiffer as a bona fide star. From there, she starred in the hit inner city drama "Dangerous Minds" (1995) and had a strong turn in the Hitchcockian thriller "What Lies Beneath" (1999). After starring in "I Am Sam" (2001) and earning acclaim for "White Oleander" (2002), Pfeiffer took a hiatus from acting to focus on raising her children with husband, television producer David E. Kelley. Though she returned to the screen with lower key roles in "Hairspray" (2007), "Stardust" (2007) and "Cheri" (2009), Pfeiffer never lost the radiance and chops that made her a star.

Relationships

Peter Horton Actor

Husband
Met in acting class Married on Oct. 5, 1981 Divorced on Oct. 1, 1988

Claudia Kelley

Daughter
Biracial; born and adopted by Pfeiffer in 1993; adopted by her husband David E. Kelley following their marriage

John Kelley

Son
Born Aug. 5, 1994; father, David E. Kelley

David E. Kelley Writer

Husband
Married Nov. 13, 1993; adopted daughter Claudia christened at same ceremony

Val Kilmer Writer

Companion
Dated in the 1980s Kilmer dedicated poems to Pfeiffer in his privately published book of poetry titled My Eden After Burns (1987)

John Malkovich Writer

Companion
Met on the set of "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988); Malkovich's on-set romance with co-star Pfieffer led to end of his marriage to Glenne Headly No longer together

Dedee Pfeiffer Writer

Sister
Born Jan. 9, 1964; played Cybill Shepherd's daughter on the series "Cybill" (CBS)

Dick Pfeiffer

Father

Donna Pfeiffer

Mother

Lori Pfeiffer Writer

Sister
Born June 8, 1965; actress and model

Rick Pfeiffer

Brother
Older

Fisher Stevens Writer

Companion
Met 1989 when they co-starred in NYC production of "Twelfth Night" Dated for three years Split 1991

EDUCATION

Golden West Community College

Huntington Beach , California
Dropped out after one year to pursue a career in acting(court reporting)

Fountain Valley High School

Fountain Valley , California 1976

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's remake of the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"

2011

Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year’s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall

2009

Re-teamed with director Stephen Frears for "Cheri"

2007

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August)

2007

Played the evil witch Laima in the fairy tale "Stardust," a feature based on the fantasy adventure novel by Neil Gaiman

2007

Cast as Velma Von Tussel in the remake of the John Water's film "Hairspray"

2002

Portrayed a woman who murder's her boyfriend and has her daughter taken away in "White Oleander"; earned a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actress

2001

Portrayed a lawyer fighting to help an autistic father (Sean Penn) retain custody of his daughter in "I Am Sam"

2000

Co-starred with Harrison Ford in the Robert Zemeckis's thriller "What Lies Beneath"

1999

Produced and starred in "The Deep End of the Ocean"

1999

Co-starred as Tatiana in a film version of "A Mid Summer Night's Dream"

1998

Provided a character voice for the DreamWorks animated film "The Prince of Egypt"

1997

Co-starred with Jessica Lange in "A Thousand Acres"; a modern-day version of "King Lear" adapted from Jane Smiley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel

1996

Debut as executive producer (also acted), "One Fine Day"; also starred George Clooney

1996

Took supporting role of the ghost of Peter Gallagher's wife in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday"; film written by David E. Kelley

1996

Teamed with Robert Redford as a rising TV newsreporter in "Up Close and Personal"

1995

Had box-office hit as former Marine-turned-teacher LouAnne Johnson in "Dangerous Minds"

1994

Made uncredited cameo appearance in an episode of "Picket Fences"; created by husband David E. Kelley

1994

Reteamed with Jack Nicholson for "Wolf"

1992

Received second Best Actress Oscar nomination as a woman traveling to the funeral of President John F Kennedy in "Love Field"

1992

Won raves for her performance as Catwoman/Selina Kyle in "Batman Returns"; Tim Burton directed

1991

Downplayed her looks to portray a working-class waitress romanced by a short-order cook (Al Pacino) in "Frankie & Johnny"

1990

With producing partner Kate Guinzberg, formed first look deal with Orion Pictures

1989

Earned Best Actress Oscar nomination as the chanteuse Susie Diamond in "The Fabulous Baker Boys"

1989

Made NYC stage acting debut in "Twelfth Night"; performed in Central Park under the auspices of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival

1988

Played a widowed Mafia wife in Jonathan Demme's comedy "Married to the Mob"

1988

Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as the married Madame de Tourval in Stephen Frears' "Dangerous Liaisons"

1987

Played title role in "Natica Jackson," an episode in the the three-part PBS series "Tales From the Hollywood Hills"; last major television acting role to date

1987

First box-office hit, "The Witches of Eastwick"; co-starred with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Cher

1985

Directed by her then-husband Peter Horton in the ABC TV-movie "One Too Many"

1983

Earned critical notice, co-starring with Al Pacino in Brian De Palma's gangster classic "Scarface"

1982

Landed female lead in the film sequel "Grease 2"

1980

Was a regular on the Aaron Spelling-produced series "B.A.D. Cats" (ABC)

1980

Feature film debut, "The Hollywood Knights"

1979

TV debut as regular on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Delta House" which was inspired by the feature film "Animal House"

1979

TV movie debut in "The Solitary Man" (CBS)

1978

TV acting debut in bit role on ABC's "Fantasy Island"

Reportedly turned down the lead role of "Evita" in the film because she did not want to work on location

Won title of Miss Orange County

Raised in Orange County, CA

Bonus Trivia

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"It's best for me to see a movie once when it's finished and not see it again. I'm just too critical." – Pfeiffer on viewing her work in Us, November 1993

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"Coming to terms with fame enabled me to draw really distinct and severe and thick lines around what I will and won't do. You have to do that because if you don't the lines are murky, and because this is about your person – it's not a product you're selling. You have to know which parts you can control and which parts you can't. Very few are controllable, but if you can grab on to the ones that are, it helps balance it out. I am very stingy about [publicity] and I am really a pain in the ass about it. But to me there's just no other way to have the kind of life that resembles a normal life." – Pfeiffer quoted in Interview magazine, July 1994

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Pfeiffer was selected as the Woman of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals in 1995.

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"I don't really think in terms of what's commercial and what's not, because I'm a really bad judge of that. I look for something that doesn't offend me." – Pfeiffer to The New York Times, Aug. 6, 1995

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"I'm pretty determined. I mean, there's really no reason I should be where I am. I was in a beauty pageant. Hel-LO! I was in 'Delta House'. I did 'The Hollywood Knights' and a really bad Aaron Spelling series. The person that could turn that around – It's perseverance, really." – Pfeiffer on her career to Us, August 1995

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"She sometimes picks wacky projects, but that's what makes her grow." – "Batman" co-star Jack Nicholson, quoted in Us, August 1995

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