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Also Known As: Michelle Marie Pfeiffer Died:
Born: April 29, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Ana, California, USA Profession: actor, model, supermarket cashier, court reporter

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Family, The (2013)
2.
 Malavita (2013)
3.
 Dark Shadows (2012)
4.
 New Year's Eve (2011)
5.
 Chéri (2009)
6.
 Personal Effects (2009)
8.
 Stardust (2007)
9.
 Hairspray (2007)
10.
 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) Voice Of Eris
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Orange County, CA
:
Won title of Miss Orange County
1978:
TV acting debut in bit role on ABC's "Fantasy Island"
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)
1980:
Was a regular on the Aaron Spelling-produced series "B.A.D. Cats" (ABC)
1980:
Feature film debut, "The Hollywood Knights"
1982:
Landed female lead in the film sequel "Grease 2"
1983:
Earned critical notice, co-starring with Al Pacino in Brian De Palma's gangster classic "Scarface"
1985:
Directed by her then-husband Peter Horton in the ABC TV-movie "One Too Many"
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
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"
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
1990:
With producing partner Kate Guinzberg, formed first look deal with Orion Pictures
1991:
Downplayed her looks to portray a working-class waitress romanced by a short-order cook (Al Pacino) in "Frankie & Johnny"
1992:
Won raves for her performance as Catwoman/Selina Kyle in "Batman Returns"; Tim Burton directed
1992:
Received second Best Actress Oscar nomination as a woman traveling to the funeral of President John F Kennedy in "Love Field"
1994:
Made uncredited cameo appearance in an episode of "Picket Fences"; created by husband David E. Kelley
1994:
Reteamed with Jack Nicholson for "Wolf"
1995:
Had box-office hit as former Marine-turned-teacher LouAnne Johnson in "Dangerous Minds"
:
Reportedly turned down the lead role of "Evita" in the film because she did not want to work on location
1996:
Teamed with Robert Redford as a rising TV newsreporter in "Up Close and Personal"
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:
Debut as executive producer (also acted), "One Fine Day"; also starred George Clooney
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
1998:
Provided a character voice for the DreamWorks animated film "The Prince of Egypt"
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"
2000:
Co-starred with Harrison Ford in the Robert Zemeckis's thriller "What Lies Beneath"
2001:
Portrayed a lawyer fighting to help an autistic father (Sean Penn) retain custody of his daughter in "I Am Sam"
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
2007:
Cast as Velma Von Tussel in the remake of the John Water's film "Hairspray"
2007:
Played the evil witch Laima in the fairy tale "Stardust," a feature based on the fantasy adventure novel by Neil Gaiman
2007:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August)
2009:
Re-teamed with director Stephen Frears for "Cheri"
2011:
Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year¿s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall
2012:
Co-starred with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's remake of the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"
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Education

Golden West Community College: Huntington Beach , California -
Fountain Valley High School: Fountain Valley , California - 1976

Notes

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

"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." --Michelle Pfeiffer to The New York Times, August 6, 1995.

"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 perserverance, really." --Pfeiffer on her career to Us, August 1995.

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

"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." --Michelle Pfeiffer quoted in Interview, July 1994.

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

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Peter Horton. Actor, director. Appeared on TV in "thirtysomething"; met in acting class; married in 1981; separated in 1988; divorced in 1990.
companion:
Val Kilmer. Actor. Dated in the 1980s; dedicated poems to her in his privately published "My Eden After Burns".
companion:
Fisher Stevens. Actor. Together for three years c. 1989-91.
husband:
David E Kelley. Producer, screenwriter. Creator of the show "Picket Fences"; married on November 13, 1993; father of John Henry.
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father:
Dick Pfeiffer. Heating and air conditioning contractor.
mother:
Donna Pfeiffer.
brother:
Rick Pfeiffer. Older.
sister:
DeDee Pfeiffer. Actor. Born on January 1, 1964.
sister:
Lori Pfeiffer. Model. Born in June 1965.
daughter:
Claudia Rose Kelley. Born in 1993; biracial; adopted by Pfeiffer in March 1993; christened on November 13, 1993, given the last name Kelley.
son:
John Henry Kelley. Born on August 5, 1994; father, David E Kelley.
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