Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (Santa Ana (California), april 29, 1958) is an American film actress. She was both in 1989 (for Dangerous Liaisons), 1990 (for The Fabulous Baker Boys) and 1993 (for Love Field) nominated for an Academy Award. More than twenty acting prizes were actually awarded her, including a BAFTA Award (forDangerous Liaisons), a silver bear (for Love Field) and a Golden Globe (for The Fabulous Baker Boys).

On 6 August 2007 Pfeiffer got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


[hide]*1 Career


Pfeiffer knew her big break in Hollywood with the musical film Grease 2 (1982), the sequel to the hit film from 1979. Pfeiffer was noticed by the major studios, which act as a drug-addicted wife of Al Pacino in the cult film Scarface (1983).

Better roles and better directors followed, and in the 80 's was to see in high-quality films as Pfeiffer Ladyhawke with Rutger Hauer in the male lead (1985), The Witches of Eastwick (1987) and Married to the Mob (1988) by Jonathan Demme. It was suggested that Stephen Frears Demme to Pfeiffer as Madame de Tourvel in the gullible his movie Dangerous Liaisons (1988). The role turned out to be a real hit because Pfeiffer won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar.

In 1989 signed the actress for the role of singer Suzie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker Boys in which they played beside the brothers Beau and Jeff Bridges. An erotically charged scene, in which Pfeiffer in a red dress lying on a piano ' Makin' Whoopee ' sings, became world famous and the actress won several film awards including aGolden Globe for best actress. On the Oscar ceremony, she was a favorite to win, but the statuette went to Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy (1989).

After roles in The Russia House (1990) and Frankie and Johnny (1991) was also a record year for 1992 Pfeiffer. They scored well at the box office with the role ofCatwoman in Batman Returns of Tim Burton and was again nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of a courageous housewife in the 60 's in Love Field. For the latter film, she won top prize for best actress at the also Berlin Film festival.

In 1993, she played the role of Martin Scorsese for the Liberal Countess Olenska in the love drama The Age of Innocence. In the same year married Pfeiffer and she gave birth, increasing the number of film rolls declined. She made yet for blockbusters with Dangerous Minds (1995), What Lies Beneath (2000) and I Am Sam (2001), but the big success remained mostly from.

In 2003, the actress nominated for a SAG Award for her portrayal of a mother who ends up behind bars after committing a murder in White Oleander (2002).

In the same year to a stopover of several years decided Pfeiffer to focus on raising her children until she returned in 2007 with three films in one year, out if the insidious Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, in Stardust as the 5000 year old witch Lamia and in the romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman .

Her latest films are Personal Effects (2009), Chéri (2009, again from Frears) and New year's Eve (2011). Currently the actress has two new projects in the pipeline for 2012: People Like Us (2012) and Dark Shadows(2012). For the last film she worked again together with Tim Burton, who gave her her role as Catwoman.

Pfeiffer married in 1981 with actor Peter Horton. The marriage ended in 1988. In 1993 she married David e. Kelley and adopted a daughter. A year later they got a son. The actress protects her private life very much on the spotlight. The times she appears on the red carpet, are rare.


Filmography as an actor
Year Title Role Comments
1979 The Solitary Man Tricia television film
1980 The Hollywood Knights Suzie Q
1980 Falling in Love Again Sue Wellington
1981 Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Cordelia Farenington
1981 Callie & Son Sue Lynn Bordeaux television film
1981 Splendor in the Grass Ginny Stamper television film
1981 The Children Nobody Wanted Jennifer Williams television film
1982 Grease 2 Stephanie Zinone
1983 One Too Many Annie television film
1983 Scarface Elvira Hancock
1985 Into the Night Diana
1985 Ladyhawke Isabeau d'Anjou
1986 Sweet Liberty Faith Healy
1987 Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Natica Jackson Natica Jackson television film
1987 The Witches of Eastwick Sukie Ridgemont
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Brenda Landers (segment "Hospital")
1988 Married to the Mob Angela de Marco
1988 Tequila Sunrise Jo Ann Vallenari
1988 Dangerous Liaisons Madame Marie de Tourvel
1989 The Fabulous Baker Boys Susie Diamond
1990 The Russia House Katya Orlova
1991 Frankie and Johnny Frankie
1992 Batman Returns Catwoman/Selina Kyle
1992 Love Field Lurene Hallett
1993 The Age of Innocence Ellen Olenska
1994 Wolf Laura Alden
1995 Dangerous Minds Louanne Johnson
1996 Up Close & Personal Sally/Tally Atwater
1996 To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Gillian Lewis
1996 One Fine Day Melanie Parker
1997 A Thousand Acres Rose Cook Lewis
1998 The Prince of Egypt Tzipporah voice
1999 The Deep End of the Ocean Beth Cappadora
1999 A Midsummer night's Dream Titania
1999 The Story of Us Katie Jordan
2000 What Lies Beneath Claire Spencer
2001 I Am Sam Rita Harrison
2002 White Oleander Ingrid Magnussen
2003 Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Eris voice
2007 Stardust Lamia
2007 Hairspray Velma Von Tussle
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Rosie
2009 Personal Effects Linda
2009 Chéri Lea de Lonval
2011 New year's Eve Ingrid
2012 Dark Shadows Elizabeth Collins Stoddard


  • In 1993, her adopted daughter Claudia Rose.
  • In 1994 got her son named John Henry Kelley. He is named after David's father.
  • Was Miss Orange County.
  • Has completed her High School in three years (instead of four).
  • She was featured in gangsta's Paradise-Coolio's video clip.
  • In Empire Magazine's 100 Sexiest Stars Was no. 33.
  • Has the role of Clarice Starling, in the film The Silence of The Lambs, refused because they are too ' scary ' was made. The role eventually went to Jodie Foster.
  • Stood in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 and in 1996 in People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People In The World.
  • She is of Dutch origin, German, Irish, Swedish and Swiss.
  • Actor Val Kilmer wrote poetry for her.
  • Her portrayal of Kyle/Selina Catwoman(Batman Returns) was no. 3 in Empire's 69 Sexiest Movie Characters of All Time (2000).
  • Has in a supermarket and worked in a clothing store.
  • Sings itself in Grease 2The Fabulous Baker BoysThe Prince of Egypt and Hairspray .
  • Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.
  • Was chosen as Best dressed Female movie star (1997).
  • Al Pacino accidentally cut with a broken glass while she was auditing for Scarface .
  • Barbara Walters says that Pfeiffer is one of the most shy people she's ever met.
  • She loves acting, but hate famous.
  • One of her favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz .
  • She is friends with Cher since the taping of The Witches of Eastwick .

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