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.
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.
David E. Kelley and Michelle Pfeiffer - Celebrities attend The Television Academy's 23rd Annual Hall of Fame event at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 11th March 2014
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10. 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.
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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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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 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.”
Healthy eating is one thing, but with all the pressure to be thin in Hollywood it's easy to slip into extremes.
Anyone who knows anything about Hollywood should know that Tinseltown can make people slip into some really questionable behavior. We’re not naming any current offenders here: you know who you are. But one actress, who has come out with an entertaining – or maybe terrifying, it’s difficult to decide – story from her naive youth, is former “breatharian” Michelle Pfeiffer. If you’ve never heard the term, you’re probably better off for it, because the breatharian diet sounds suspiciously like the start of an eating disorder.
Nowadays Pfeiffer is happy and healthy, but it wasn't always so.
Under the influence of a friendly couple, a young, 20-year-old Pfeffer, new to the Hollywood lifestyle, essentially stripped her diet of everything – she wasn’t allowed food or even water, just sunlight. For those of you, who remember basic biology, that’s not even enough to sustain a photosynthesizing plant, let alone an adult human.
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Michelle Pfeiffer revealed she was involved in a cult-like relationship with a couple when she first arrived in Los Angeles. The 55-year-old actress stated the couple were "very controlling" and believed in "breatharianism", the belief that a human could reach "their highest state" through not drinking or eating.
Michelle Pfeiffer admitted to being in a cult when she was younger. The 55-year-old actress discussed her involvement with an unusual couple which led to her involvement into a cult called breatharianism. This involved abstaining from drinking or eating as they believe it food and drink are not necessary to live.
Michelle Pfeiffer discussed her cult-like lifestyle in a magazine article promoting her latest film, The Family.
The Batman actress spoke to The Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine (published on 3rd November) about her youthful involvement in the cult. Pfieffer described how, after leaving home at the age of 20, she became involved with a "very controlling" couple when she arrived in Los Angeles. She described the couple as "kind of personal trainers" who placed her on an extreme diet, breatharianism, which "nobody can adhere to."
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Dianna Agron, Luc Besson, Virginie Silla, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro and Lenny Kravitz - The French premiere of 'Malavita' Premiere at Aeroville - Roissy En France, France - Wednesday 16th October 2013
Depth and complexity just don't run in "The Family."
The Family sounds great on paper – a Luc Besson film, set in France, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeifer, Tommy Lee Jones and Diana Argon – it would take a… the opposite of a miracle for this film to flop. However, the critics just don’t seem to be warming up to this comedy about the family of an American mobster, relocating to rural France and essentially harassing the locals for almost two hours. There are a number of reasons, cited against the family – the acting not being one of them, of course – but the one that seems to be sticking is the uninspired story (penned by Besson himself, along with Michael Caleo, based on the novel by Tonino Benacquista).
De Niro manages to shine even in a lackluster role.
De Niro has plenty of experience playing mobsters. His performance as Gio, a gangster-turned-rat, who is forced to pose as a writer, living with his family in a village in Normandy and simultaneously penning a memoir, gets almost universal thumbs up, The New York Times’ Stephen Holden calls De Niro’s performance “surprisingly nuanced” and his character – “charming in a rough-hewed way, but lethal.”
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Robert De Niro teams up with Martin Scorsese and Luc Besson for 'The Family'.
Thinking of heading to the theater this weekend to catch a new release? Well, as the major studios prepare their premium Oscar-bait for the November and December release dates, there isn't a whole lot to choose from. Still, Luc Besson's new comedy The Family - starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer and executive produced by Martin Scorsese - should satisfy family crowds not keen on seeing another Insidious movie.
Robert De Niro Means Business In 'The Family'
The off-beat movie follows a mafia boss and his family who relocate to a sleepy town in France under the witness protection program after snitching on the mob. Despite the best efforts of Tommy Lee Jones's Agent Stansfield, the family can't help but revert to its old ways and eventually get tracked down by a couple of former mafia cronies. Of course, chaos ensues in the most unlikely of settings.
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The Trailer for upcoming black comedy 'The Family', starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, has been released.
From director Luc Besson (Taken, Léon) comes a new gangster movieThe Family- only this time Besson has made a black comedy. The Family stars Hollywood heavyweights Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as a husband and wife duo. The pair co-starred together in 2007's Stardust but hadn't actually 'performed' together until now.
The plot follows the Manzoni family, led by patriarchal Giovanni (De Niro), who are placed under witness protection after snitching on the mafia. After the mafia turn on him, wanting him dead, Giovanni's family are moved en masse from Brooklyn to Normandy in France reinventing themselves as 'the Blakes' but encounter difficulties when trying to fit in.
Giovanni Manzoni is a gangster boss who has been placed under witness protection by Agent Stansfield after betraying the mafia. However, wherever they are relocated and whatever names they are given, they always manage to get themselves into trouble as blending in to their new towns becomes more and more difficult. With their lives under threat from their old pals again, the Manzonis are moved to Normandy in France where they become the 'Blakes'. Unfortunately, they have barely moved one day before the family manage to create chaos yet again, with Mrs Blake blowing up a convenience store in response to a snide comment from the French shopkeeper, the daughter getting into numerous fights and the son in trouble at school for theft and bribery. As expected, they manage to attract attention from the mob and they are forced to fight back to protect themselves in the only way they know how.
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Date of birth
29th April, 1958
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