Michelle Pfeiffer

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

29th April, 1958




1st January, 1970



Michelle Pfeiffer (born 29.04.1958) Michelle Pfeiffer is a BAFTA winning American actress.

Childhood: Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California but grew up in Midway City. Her parents are Donna and Richard Pfeiffer, an air-conditioning contractor. She attended Fountain Valley High School and Golden West College where she briefly trained to be a court stenographer. She worked at Vons supermarket in her teenage years and won the Miss Orange County beauty pageant in 1978 after which she came sixth in the Miss California pageant.

Acting career: Michelle Pfeiffer began her career in television with roles in 'Fantasy Island', 'Delta House' and 'BAD Cats' in the 70s and later landed small roles in the films 'Falling in Love Again' in 1980 which starred Susannah York, 'The Hollywood Knights' starring Robert Wuhl and 'Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen' in 1981. Her first lead role was in ‘Grease 2’ opposite Maxwell Caulfield in 1982 though it did poorly at the box office. In 1983, she appeared in the fairly well-received ‘Scarface’ with Al Pacino. Two years later she landed roles in ‘Ladyhawke’ alongside Rutger Hauer and Matthew Broderick, and ‘Into the Night’ with Jeff Goldblum. She was also in ‘Sweet Liberty’ with Michael Caine in 1986 and ‘Amazon Women on the Moon’ in 1987. Her first big box office success was in 1987’s ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ opposite Jack Nicholson, Cher and Susan Sarandon In 1988, she was in Jonathan Demme's 'Married to the Mob' opposite Matthew Modine and Dean Stockwell which earned her her first Golden Globe Award nomination.

She was also in 'Tequila Sunrise' opposite Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell, and 'Dangerous Liaisons' with Glenn Close and John Malkovich for which she won a BAFTA and an Academy Award nomination. The following year she appeared in ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’ alongside Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges which earned her another Oscar nomination and BAFTA nomination.

She was given a Golden Globe nomination for 1990's 'The Russia House' opposite Sean Connery before reuniting with Al Pacino in 1991 for 'Frankie and Johnny'. She was nominated for several awards for her appearance in 'Love Field' in 1992. The same year also saw her play Catwoman in Tim Burton's hugely successful 'Batman Returns' opposite Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. She was in Martin Scorsese's 'The Age of Innocence' in 1993 with Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder which earned her several awards.

The following year she teamed with Jack Nicholson in the horror film 'Wolf'. 1995 saw her appear in 'Dangerous Minds', before starring opposite Robert Redford in 1996's 'Up Close & Personal' and taking on the lead role in 'To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday'. In 1996, she executively produced 'One Fine Day' in which she also starred alongside George Clooney. The following year she was in 'A Thousand Acres' with Jessica Lange and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

In 1999, she starred in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' opposite Kevin Kline, Rupert Everett and Stanley Tucci as well as 'The Story of Us' with Bruce Willis. She appeared in thriller 'What Lies Beneath' with Harrison Ford which became a majoy success while 2001 and 2002 saw her in 'I Am Sam' with Sean Penn and 'White Oleander' with Renée Zellweger respectively.

She then took a four year hiatus to devote her time to her family but returned in 'Hairspray' opposite John Travolta, Christopher Walken and Queen Latifah in 2007 and as a witch in 'Stardust' with Claire Danes, Charlie Cox and Robert De Niro. In 2007, she appeared in ‘I Could Never Be Your Woman’ opposite Paul Rudd and Saoirse Ronan and in 2009 she was in ‘Personal Effects’ opposite Ashton Kutcher and Kathy Bates. She then took another break before starring in Garry Marshall's 2011 rom com ‘New Year's Eve’ and co-starring with Chris Pine in ‘People Like Us’ in 2012. That year also saw her in Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’ with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Chloë Grace Moretz.

Personal life: Michelle Pfeiffer was 'brainwashed' into quitting drinking, smoking and taking drugs by a cult when she was younger who also took advantage of her money. She dated Peter Horton while she took acting classes in Beverly Hills and he helped her leave the cult. They married in 1981 before getting divorced in 1990. She then had a relationship with Fisher Stevens which lasted three years. She was then set up on a blind date with David E. Kelley who she married in 1993. In 1993, she adopted a baby girl called Claudia Rose and in 1994, gave birth to a son called John Henry. She is a vegan.

Michelle Pfeiffer at the Hollywood premiere for 'Ant-Man and The Wasp'. Directed by Peyton Reed, the film is the follow-up to 2015's 'Ant-Man' and stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 26th June 2018

Michelle Pfeiffer In Discussions To Join 'Maleficent 2'

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 28 April 2018

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Michelle Pfeiffer could be taking on the role of 'the Queen' in 'Maleficent 2' according to a new report.

Disney are ploughing ahead with their 'Maleficent' sequel, with Angelina Jolie once again returning to the titular role alongside Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. Now, with Ed Skrein and Fernanda Diniz also confirmed to join the cast, a new A-list name has been connected with the film; Michelle Pfeiffer.

Image caption Could Michelle Pfeiffer join 'Maleficent 2'?

'Maleficent' became a huge hit for Disney upon its release in 2014, and is heralded as the reason the company has ploughed ahead with so many live-action takes on some of their favourite classic stories. We'll even be getting an origins story for '101 Dalmatians' villain Cruella de Vil, with Emma Stone in the leading role.

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Murder On The Orient Express Review

Very Good

The latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's 83-year-old classic whodunit, this lavish, star-studded film is old-style entertainment. Director-star Kenneth Branagh lets the story unfold with attention to detail while filling the screen with eye-catching images, from the spectacular mountain settings to the opulent costumes. And while the story is too familiar to stir up too much suspense, it's played with a strong sense of emotional resonance. And the moral question is provocative.

The Orient Express sets off from 1934 Istanbul with a colourful collection of passengers. A last-minute addition is noted detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh), who has just solved a thorny mystery in Jerusalem and is now heading to London. Even though he shouldn't be working, he begins to weigh up the odd collection of passengers around him, including a gangster (Johnny Depp), countess (Judi Dench), widow (Michelle Pfeiffer), governess (Daisy Ridley), maid (Olivia Colman), salesman (Wille Dafoe), assistant (Josh Gad), butler (Derek Jacobi) and doctor (Leslie Odom Jr.). Then in the middle of the night, one of them is violently murdered. And when the train becomes lodged in a snowdrift, Poirot has the time to dig further into each person's clearly suspicious back-story.

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Michelle Pfeiffer Made Herself 'Unhireable' After Having Kids

By Holly Mosley in Movies / TV / Theatre on 09 November 2017

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She put her family before her career.

This year has been quite the revival for actress Michelle Pfeiffer, who hasn't had a starring role in four years but this year appears in a number of projects including the hugely anticipated 'Murder on the Orient Express'. She thinks she became 'unhireable' after a certain amount of time.

Image caption Michelle Pfeiffer at 'Murder on the Orient Express' premiere

Like a lot of Hollywood stars, 59-year-old Michelle decided to put her career on the back-burner while she took the time to raise her children with husband David E. Kelley. It got to the point where she refused to inconvenience her family life for her work.

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Mother Review

Very Good

Darren Aronofsky doesn't make fluffy movies, and has only had one genuine misfire (2014's Noah). His best films are unforgiving explorations of artistic ambition (Black Swan), addiction (Requiem for a Dream) or mortality (The Wrestler), admittedly big themes. But this bonkers family horror movie perhaps has more in common with his ambitious existential sci-fi epic The Fountain: this is a resolutely symbolic movie that's impossible to take literally. And yet it still freaks us out.

It's set in a huge isolated house, which a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) has been restoring for her older poet husband (Javier Bardem) after it burned down. Just as it's beginning to look good, and she starts thinking about starting a family, the husband invites a stranger (Ed Harris) to stay, and he encroaches on their hospitality by inviting his pushy wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their bickering sons (real-life brothers Domhnall and Brian Gleeson). After causing some chaos, they finally leave, the wife falls pregnant and the husband's writers' block finally breaks. But his new book inspires so much adulation from his fans that their happiness is in jeopardy.

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Michelle Pfeiffer Wants To Return To Catwoman Role

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 11 October 2017

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The actress joked that she'd use CGI this time as she could have gotten "a disease" during 'Batman Returns'.

When people think of actresses that have taken on the role of DC Comics villain Catwoman, one of the first names that spring to mind is Michelle Pfeiffer. Though she only played the Batman adversary once - in the Tim Burton-directed 1992 movie 'Batman Returns' - she cemented herself as one of the best portrayals of the character and is still cited as such to this day.

Image caption Could Michelle Pfeiffer work her way into the DCEU?

Starring alongside Danny DeVito as the evil mastermind Penguin and Michael Keaton in the leading role of the Caped Crusader, the trio were truly tested on their acting chops and, for the most part did an incredible job.

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Mother! Trailer

A young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) and her older husband (Javier Bardem) have the most perfect solitary life, spending all their time together in their beautiful and peaceful country home. But their paradise is about to be threatened with the arrival of an older couple (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer), who appear to mistake their home for a bed and breakfast. The young woman's husband is accommodating to them despite their mistake and her serious reservations about letting strangers sleep in their house. Pretty soon this union of two couples turns into a bloody tale of fear, insanity and a whole load of weirdness - more people arrive at the sanctuary and the young woman's husband seems to be somebody else completely. Now it's a game of survival - God help you.

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Scarlett Johansson To Star In 8-Part Drama Adaptation Of Edith Wharton's 'The Custom Of Country'

By Elinor Cosgrave in Movies / TV / Theatre on 08 October 2014

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Scarlett Johansson will be starring and producing in a television adaptation of Edith Wharton's 'The Custom of Country'. It will be Johansson's first major television role.

Scarlett Johansson is making the jump from the big screen screen to the small when she stars in an adaptation of novelist Edith Wharton's The Custom of Country.

Scarlett Johansson will star in The Custom Of Country.

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The 10 Worst Films Of 2013

By Rich Cline in Movies / TV / Theatre on 24 December 2013

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Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should know better...


  1. A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III - Charlie Sheen exploits his bad-boy image in this fractured comedy in which he plays a paranoid idiot who thinks his ex is trying to kill him. But the story is wafer-thin, and the film is almost overpoweringly indulgent.
    Read more about 'A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III' here**

9. Pain & Gain - Michael Bay's comedy may feature enjoyably offhanded performances from Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, but it's also the year's most offensive movie. Playing a true-life murder for laughs is only the first mistake.
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The Family Review

By Rich Cline


Despite a promising trailer and a great cast, this French-American comedy-thriller is a complete misfire because Luc Besson seems unclear about how to create a black comedy. He merely mixes silliness and violence, but the script is so lazy that it's neither funny nor suspenseful. With the talent on screen we keep hoping everything will come together at some point, but it never does.

It's set in Normandy, where the Manzoni family has just moved after another disastrous attempt at witness relocation. They snitched on the mob back in America, and are having a tough time blending with locals anywhere. Even here, Fred (De Niro) gets a little too frustrated with a plumber while Maggie (Pfeiffer) doesn't take insults lying down, and their kids Belle and Warren (Agron and D'Leo) quickly take over the system at their new school. Their handler Stansfield (Jones) is doing his best, but it can't belong before what they are up to gets them noticed back home.

For a French movie, this is oddly packed with negative French stereotypes, from the ugly casting to the locals' backwards technology (only the Americans have mobile phones). And everyone speaks English with a silly accent. But then the script is packed with head-scratching inconsistencies and far-fetched touches. We never believe a single element of the plot, which leaves these solid actors looking lost on screen. De Niro, Pfeiffer and Jones have at least played these characters before, so know how to punch the comedy notes.

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Michelle Pfeiffer Reflects On Pre-Fame Years Spent In Food & Water-less Cult

By Joe Wilde in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 06 November 2013

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Michelle Pfeiffer has enjoyed a successful and varied career since breaking on into the Hollywood scene decades ago, but as she revealed in a recent interview, it could have easily been so very different. Speaking with UK newspaper The Telegraph, the actress recalled her years spent in a 'breatharianism' sect, and the profound influence and impact it had on her younger self.

Speaking to the paper's Stella magazine supplement whilst promoting her latest film, the Luc Besson action comedy The Family, the actress remembered the dominating influence the Los Angeles-based faction had over her when she first moved to Hollywood to begin a career as an actress. Their philosophy promoted a healthier lifestyle through "vegetarianism" and "breatharianism," which highlights the importance of photosynthetic living over conventional dieting.

"They worked with weights and put people on diets. Their thing was vegetarianism,” she told the paper, published over the weekend. She continued, “They were very controlling. I wasn’t living with them but I was there a lot and they were always telling me I needed to come more. I had to pay for all the time I was there, so it was financially very draining.”

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Dedee Pfeiffer and Michelle Pfeiffer - Dedee Pfeiffer, Michelle Pfeiffer Saturday 27th October 2012 Elyse Walker presents the 8th Annual Pink Party hosted by Michelle Pfeiffer to benefit Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Program - Arrivals

Michelle Pfeiffer - Sunday 16th September 2007 at Emmy Awards Los Angeles, California

Michelle Pfeiffer, David E Kelley and family - Michelle Pfeiffer, David E Kelley and family Monday 6th August 2007 at Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Hollywood, California

Michelle Pfeiffer - Monday 16th July 2007 at Ziegfeld Theatre New York City, USA