Michelle Pfeiffer


Actor
Michelle Pfeiffer

About

Also Known As
Michelle Marie Pfeiffer
Birth Place
Santa Ana, California, USA
Born
April 29, 1958

Biography

Michelle Pfeiffer was an American actress born on April 29, 1958 in Santa Ana, California. The second of four children, including sister and fellow actress Dedee Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer attended Golden West College before deciding to embark on an acting career. After participating in a number of California beauty pageants, Pfeiffer secured an agent and began auditioning for television and mov...

Family & Companions

Peter Horton
Husband
Actor, director. Appeared on TV in "thirtysomething"; met in acting class; married in 1981; separated in 1988; divorced in 1990.
Val Kilmer
Companion
Actor. Dated in the 1980s; dedicated poems to her in his privately published "My Eden After Burns".
Fisher Stevens
Companion
Actor. Together for three years c. 1989-91.
David E Kelley
Husband
Producer, screenwriter. Creator of the show "Picket Fences"; married on November 13, 1993; father of John Henry.

Biography

Michelle Pfeiffer was an American actress born on April 29, 1958 in Santa Ana, California. The second of four children, including sister and fellow actress Dedee Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer attended Golden West College before deciding to embark on an acting career. After participating in a number of California beauty pageants, Pfeiffer secured an agent and began auditioning for television and movies. She made her acting and TV debut in an episode of "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1977-1984) in 1978, and her film debut in "The Hollywood Knights" (1980). Just before landing the female lead role in "Grease 2" (1982), Pfeiffer married fellow actor Peter Horton. Her role as Stephanie Zinone in "Grease 2" almost cost her an audition for Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (1983), since De Palma apparently did not like the movie, but in the end, she played Elvira Hancock for her breakout role. This began a string of hit movie roles that made Pfeiffer one of the leading actresses of the 1980s and '90s. She starred in George Miller's "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987), one of her most iconic roles. Pfeiffer has been nominated for three Academy Awards; her roles in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989) earned her two of those nominations. Pfeiffer and Horton divorced in 1990 due to the stresses of their respective careers. She starred as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Tim Burton's superhero sequel "Batman Returns" (1992), one of her most well-known performances that also served to create one of the most vivid interpretations of the comic book character. Pfeiffer was nominated for her third Oscar with "Love Field" (1992) and starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence" (1993). She married TV writer and producer David E. Kelley in 1993. The couple adopted a newborn daughter, Claudia Rose, the same year, and Pfeiffer gave birth to a son, John Henry, in 1994. She lent her voice to DreamWorks' second animated film, "The Prince of Egypt" (1998), and began a four-year hiatus from acting in 2003 that concluded with her appearance as the villainous Velma Von Tussle in the musical hit "Hairspray" (2007). After another four-year acting hiatus that began in 2013, Pfeiffer had a critically acclaimed 2017 thanks to her parts in "Mother!," "Murder on the Orient Express," and the HBO TV movie "The Wizard of Lies." For the latter, she was nominated for her first Emmy Award as Ruth Madoff opposite Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff. Pfeiffer then joined the pantheon of characters brought to the screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Janet Van Dyne in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" (2018). A relatively private star whose dislike of interviews was public knowledge, Pfeiffer also received significant media attention as an example of exceptional Hollywood beauty. Pfeiffer was critically regarded as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, playing a versatile range of characters across diverse genres and eras.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Avengers: End Game (2019)
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Where Is Kyra? (2018)
Wizard of Lies (2017)
Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Beat Up Little Seagull (2017)
mother! (2017)
The Family (2013)
Dark Shadows (2012)
New Year's Eve (2011)
Personal Effects (2009)
Cheri (2009)
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2008)
Hairspray (2007)
Velma Von Tussle
Stardust (2007)
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)
White Oleander (2002)
I Am Sam (2001)
Rita
What Lies Beneath (2000)
The Story of Us (1999)
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
Titania
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
A Thousand Acres (1997)
One Fine Day (1996)
Up Close and Personal (1996)
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
Dangerous Minds (1995)
Wolf (1994)
The Age Of Innocence (1993)
Love Field (1992)
Lurene Hallett
Batman Returns (1992)
Selina Kyle
Frankie and Johnny (1991)
The Russia House (1990)
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Madame Detourvel
Married To The Mob (1988)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Suki Ridgemont
Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)
Sweet Liberty (1986)
Into The Night (1985)
Ladyhawke (1985)
Scarface (1983)
Grease 2 (1982)
Splendor in the Grass (1981)
The Children Nobody Wanted (1981)
Jennifer Williams
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
Callie & Son (1981)
Sue Lynn
The Hollywood Knights (1980)
Falling in Love Again (1980)
Sue Wellington
The Solitary Man (1979)
Tricia

Producer (Feature Film)

One Fine Day (1996)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Song Performer
Hairspray (2007)
Song Performer
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Song Performer
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Music

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Being John Malkovich (1999)
Special Thanks To

Cast (Special)

Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (2003)
The 7th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2001)
Performer
AFI Awards 2001 (2001)
Presenter
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998)
Presenter
The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson (1994)
Performer
What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
Hollywood's Leading Ladies With David Sheehan (1993)
The Bat, the Cat and the Penguin (1992)
Voices That Care (1991)
The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation (1989)
Performer
Natica Jackson (1987)
Natica Jackson
One Too Many (1985)

Life Events

1978

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

1979

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

1979

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

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

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

1988

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

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

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

1994

Reteamed with Jack Nicholson for "Wolf"

1994

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

1995

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

1996

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

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

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

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

1999

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

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"

2012

Starred alongside Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks in the dramedy "People Like Us"

2013

Co-starred with Robert De Niro in the mob comedy/thriller "The Family"

2017

Led the cast of New York-set drama "Where Is Kyra?"

2017

Gave a devious turn in Darren Aronofsky's surreal mystery "Mother!"

2017

Starred in Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express" remake

2018

Made her MCU debut in "Ant-Man and the Wasp"

2019

Returned to the MCU in "Avengers 4"

Videos

Movie Clip

Age Of Innocence, The (1993) - Their Strong Right Hand Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) in a more cordial parting with Countess Ellen (Michelle Pfeiffer), with May (Winona Ryder) and her mother (Geraldine Chaplin), Joanne Woodward narrates to his dinner, with his mother and sister (Sian Phillips, Carolyn Farina) and Jackson (Alec McCowen), in Martin Scorsese’s The Age Of Innocence, 1993.
Age Of Innocence, The (1993) - The Talk Will Be Of Little Else Martin Scorsese’s opening, shooting at the Philadelphia Academy Of Music, introducing Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), gossips Lefferts and Jackson (Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen), May (Winona Ryder), Mrs Welland (Geraldine Chaplin) and Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), in The Age Of Innocence, 1993.
Age Of Innocence, The (1993) - Shattered By A Whisper From the opening opera sequence, with one of a series of single takes as remarkable as any by director Martin Scorsese and cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, with Joanne Woodward’s enthralling narration from the Edith Wharton novel, following Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), in The Age Of Innocence, 1993.
Age Of Innocence, The (1993) - Tell Me What You're Running From Director Martin Scorsese breaks with narrative convention, with Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) after attending a play, involving yellow roses, with Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), then joining her upstate, their desire still repressed, when Beaufort (Stuart Wilson) appears, in The Age Of Innocence, 1993.
Scarface (1983) - I Got Nothing But Friends After getting both the money and the goods in a drug deal, Cuban refugee criminals Tony (Al Pacino) and Manny (Steven Bauer) meet Miami crime lord Lopez (Robert Loggia), caring little about his aide Omar (F. Murray Abraham) and lots about his girlfriend Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer), making her big entrance in Brian DePalma’s Scarface, 1983.
What Lies Beneath (2000) - I'll Have To Watch That Having been somewhat spooked earlier in the day at their New England farmhouse, Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) can't get the dog to come in, then visits professor husband Norman (Harrison Ford), revealing some tensions, in director Robert Zemeckis' What Lies Beneath, 2000.
What Lies Beneath (2000) - Psych Department Opening from director Robert Zemeckis and cinematographer Don Burgess, Michelle Pfeiffer as "Claire," with daughter Caitlin (Katharine Towne) and professor husband Norman (Harrison Ford), from What Lies Beneath, 2000.
What Lies Beneath (2000) - What Are You Afraid Of? Alone in her New England farmhouse, reminiscing over her daughter just departed for college, Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) begins again to wonder what going on with the new next-door neighbors, in Robert Zemeckis' What Lies Beneath, 2000.

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Family

Dick Pfeiffer
Father
Heating and air conditioning contractor.
Donna Pfeiffer
Mother
Rick Pfeiffer
Brother
Older.
DeDee Pfeiffer
Sister
Actor. Born on January 1, 1964.
Lori Pfeiffer
Sister
Model. Born in June 1965.
Claudia Rose Kelley
Daughter
Born in 1993; biracial; adopted by Pfeiffer in March 1993; christened on November 13, 1993, given the last name Kelley.
John Henry Kelley
Son
Born on August 5, 1994; father, David E Kelley.

Companions

Peter Horton
Husband
Actor, director. Appeared on TV in "thirtysomething"; met in acting class; married in 1981; separated in 1988; divorced in 1990.
Val Kilmer
Companion
Actor. Dated in the 1980s; dedicated poems to her in his privately published "My Eden After Burns".
Fisher Stevens
Companion
Actor. Together for three years c. 1989-91.
David E Kelley
Husband
Producer, screenwriter. Creator of the show "Picket Fences"; married on November 13, 1993; father of John Henry.

Bibliography