Birth Date: April 29, 1958
Birth Place: Santa Ana, California, USA
Height: 5' 7½"
Quote: "I still think people will find out that I'm really not very talented. I'm really not very good. It's all just been a big sham."
Michelle Pfeiffer was born April 29, 1958, in Santa Ana, California. Parents Dick and Donna, relocated the Pfeiffer family to Midway City, and finally to Fountain Valley. With an older brother Rick and 2 younger sisters, Dedee and Lori, Michelle was considered the tough kid and even the school bully, rather than the fragile beauty we would picture her to be.
Although Michelle was always a stubborn drama queen when she was young, she did not realize until later that she wanted to be an actress. While attending Fountain Valley High School, she entered the world of the employed by working as a salesgirl at a local clothing store. After her 1976 high school graduation, Michelle went off to study court reporting at Golden West College, while working as a checkout clerk at a local grocery store.
Not satisfied with her studies or her ambition, Michelle decided she wanted a change and decided to go for an acting career. She knew that beauty contests would be a good place to start since that would give her recognition and the chance to meet an agent, so she entered and won the 1978 Miss Orange County beauty pageant.
Michelle ditched her court reporting classes for acting classes, and made her onscreen debut with one line on the series Fantasy Island. After an appearance on Delta House and the film Falling In Love Again, Michelle was cast as the lead in the disappointing sequel to Grease. Although the film was a flop, those who did see it really took to the new actress. She then got her big break when she was cast as Al Pacino's wife in Scarface. Actually, director Brian De Palma originally didn't want to give her the part, until he saw her personally during casting.
While her career was getting a jumpstart, her personal life experienced some confusion when she allegedly became involved with a cult in the early '80s. Director Peter Horton, who was a classmate of Michelle's during acting classes, began to date the California bombshell, and eventually rescued her from the clutches of the cult. Horton and Michelle were married in 1981.
After bit parts in small movies, Michelle co-starred with Cher, Susan Sarandon and Jack Nicholson in the wacky The Witches of Eastwick. She was gradually beginning to get noticed, especially after the title role in the made-for-TV movie, Natica Jackson. But just as the '80s were drawing to a close, Michelle started to work nonstop, starring in 1988's Married to the Mob, Tequila Sunrise and most notably Dangerous Liaisons, for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. In 1989, Michelle made heads turn and critics take notice in her role as lounge singer Susie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker Boys.
Her fabulous role garnered her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, as well as the New York Film Critics Award, Chicago Film Festival Award, and Golden Globe Award (to name a few), all for Best Actress in 1990. After her 1990 divorce from Horton, Michelle probably didn't even have the time to think about being single -- especially because she hardly ever was, what with dating Fisher Stevens, John Malkovich and Michael Keaton.
Her title as one of the most versatile actresses of today can be proven by the variety of films she has done: a Russian woman in 1990's The Russia House; a jaded waitress in 1991's Frankie & Johnny; Catwoman in 1992's Batman Returns; a Jacqueline Kennedy-obsessed housewife in Love Field (for which she earned her second Best Actress Oscar nomination); an inner-city teacher in 1995's Dangerous Minds; an ambitious single mother in One Fine Day (which she also produced); a fairy queen in 1999's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Calista Flockhart; and a haunted wife in 2000's What Lies Beneath, opposite Harrison Ford.
Michelle practically has a reserved spot on People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list, having appeared on the list at least 4 times, and lucky television producer David E. Kelley gets to see the classic beauty on a daily basis. Michelle married the Ally McBeal and The Practice producer in 1993. The couple has an adopted daughter, Claudia Rose, and a son, John Henry.
One thing that Michelle has proved in her 2 decades of acting is that she's still as beautiful and talented as she was when donning that latex catsuit in Batman Returns, and she still knows how to purr better than ever before.
Michelle Pfeiffer Filmography
Chasing Montana (2008)
Hairspray (2007) .... Velma von Tussel
Stardust (2007) .... Lamia
I Could Never Be Your Woman (2006) .... Rosie
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) (voice) .... Eris
White Oleander (2002) .... Ingrid Magnussen
... aka Weißer Oleander (Germany)
I Am Sam (2001) .... Rita Harrison
What Lies Beneath (2000) .... Claire Spencer
The Story of Us (1999) .... Katie Jordan
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) .... Titania
... aka Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (Italy)
... aka William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (USA: complete title)
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) .... Beth Cappadora
The Prince of Egypt (1998) (voice) .... Tzipporah
A Thousand Acres (1997) .... Rose Cook Lewis
One Fine Day (1996) .... Melanie Parker
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996) .... Gillian Lewis
Up Close & Personal (1996) .... Sally/Tally Atwater
Dangerous Minds (1995) .... Louanne Johnson
- Freezer Burn (1995) TV Episode (uncredited) .... Client
Wolf (1994) .... Laura Alden
- The Last Temptation of Homer (1993) TV Episode (voice) .... Mindy Simmons
The Age of Innocence (1993) .... Ellen Olenska
Love Field (1992) .... Lurene Hallett
Batman Returns (1992) .... Catwoman/Selina Kyle
Frankie and Johnny (1991) .... Frankie
... aka Frankie & Johnny (USA: poster title)
The Russia House (1990) .... Katya Orlova
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) .... Susie Diamond
Dangerous Liaisons (1988) .... Madame Marie de Tourvel
Tequila Sunrise (1988) .... Jo Ann Vallenari
Married to the Mob (1988) .... Angela de Marco
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) .... Brenda Landers (segment "Hospital")
... aka Cheeseburger Film Sandwich
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) .... Sukie Ridgemont
Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson (1987) (TV) .... Natica Jackson
... aka Natica Jackson (USA: short title)
... aka Power, Passion and Murder
Sweet Liberty (1986) .... Faith Healy
Ladyhawke (1985) .... Isabeau d'Anjou
Into the Night (1985/I) .... Diana
Scarface (1983) .... Elvira Hancock
One Too Many (1983) (TV) .... Annie
... aka Afterschool Special: One Too Many (USA: series title)
Grease 2 (1982) .... Stephanie Zinone
The Children Nobody Wanted (1981) (TV) .... Jennifer Williams
Splendor in the Grass (1981) (TV) .... Ginny Stamper
Callie & Son (1981) (TV) .... Sue Lynn Bordeaux
... aka Rags to Riches
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) .... Cordelia Farenington
- Elizabeth's Baby/The Artist and the Lady (1981) TV Episode .... Deborah Dare
- The Island of Lost Women/The Flight of Great Yellow Bird (1978) TV Episode .... Athena
Falling in Love Again (1980) .... Sue Wellington
... aka In Love
The Hollywood Knights (1980) .... Suzie Q
"B.A.D. Cats" (1980) TV Series .... Samantha 'Sunshine' Jensen
... aka CHiPs Patrol (USA: syndication title)
- The Watch Commander (1979) TV Episode .... Jobina
The Solitary Man (1979) (TV) .... Tricia
"Delta House" (1979) TV Series .... The Bombshell
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