Apr. 29th, 1958
Santa Ana, California, USA
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Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress and singer.
Born in Santa Ana, California to Dick and Donna Pfeiffer. She has an older brother and two younger sisters 'Dedee Pfeiffer', and 'Lori Pfeiffer', who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it their lives' work. She graduated from Fountain Valley High School in 1976, and attended one year at the Golden West College, where she studied to become a court reporter. But it was while working as a supermarket checker at Vons, a large Southern California grocery chain, that she realized her true calling.
Pfeiffer then landed her first major film role as Stephanie Zinone in Grease 2 (1982), the sequel to the smash-hit musical Grease (1978). She accepted the role of Isabeau d'Anjou in Richard Donner's fantasy film Ladyhawke. She finally scored a major box-office hit as Sukie Ridgemont in the 1987 adaptation of John Updike's novel The Witches of Eastwick.
She then accepted the role of Susie Diamond, a hard-edged former call girl turned lounge singer, in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), She underwent intensive voice training for the role for four months, and performed all of her character's vocals.
Pfeiffer took the role of Catwoman (Selina Kyle) in Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992) opposite 'Michael Keaton' and 'Danny DeVito'. For the role of Catwoman, she trained in martial arts and kickboxing. One co-star stated that "Michelle had four stunt doubles but she did all her own whippin". After The Age of Innocence (1993), she played the role of Laura Alden opposite 'Jack Nicholson' in Wolf (1994), a horror film that garnered a mixed critical reception.
Pfeiffer then portrayed Sally Atwater in the romantic drama Up Close & Personal (1996) opposite 'Robert Redford'. She served as an executive producer and starred as the divorced single mother architect Melanie Parke in the romantic comedy One Fine Day (1996) opposite 'George Clooney'. She also did the Hitchcockian thriller What Lies Beneath (2000) with 'Harrison Ford' and then accepted the role of highly strung lawyer Rita Harrison in I Am Sam (2001) opposite 'Sean Penn'.
After a four-year hiatus, she returned to the screen in 2007 with villainous roles in two major summer blockbusters, as Velma Von Tussle in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Hairspray (2007) with 'John Travolta', 'Christopher Walken' and 'Queen Latifah', and as ancient witch Lamia in fantasy adventure Stardust (2007).
Pfeiffer appeared in Garry Marshall's 2011 romantic comedy New Year's Eve (Marshall also directed Pfeiffer in 1991's Frankie and Johnny), and appeared opposite 'Chris Pine' in People Like Us (2012). She starred in an adaptation of former television series Dark Shadows, directed by 'Tim Burton' (who Pfeiffer had previously worked with, in 1992's Batman Returns), alongside 'Johnny Depp', 'Helena Bonham Carter', and 'Chloë Grace Moretz'.
In 2013, Pfeiffer played the "tough mother", and wife of Robert De Niro's character, in Luc Besson's mob-comedy The Family. In interviews promoting The Family, Pfeiffer stated her desire to do an all-action movie. "...I want to be like the 'Kiefer Sutherland' character in 24. Jack Bauer? I want to be like him! ... I want to kick butt... I better do it soon". Pfeiffer has stated that her lack of acting throughout the 2000s was due to her children, and now with both her children away at college, she intends to 'work a lot.'
Pfeiffer and actor/director Peter Horton married in (1981), and it was on their honeymoon that she discovered she had won the lead role in Grease 2. However, they decided to separate in (1988), and were divorced two years later; Horton later blamed the split on their devotion to their work rather than on their marriage.
After her marriage to Horton, Pfeiffer had a three-year relationship with actor/producer Fisher Stevens.
In January 1993, Pfeiffer was set up on a blind date with television writer and producer David E. Kelley, who took her to the movies to see Bram Stoker's Dracula the following week, and they began dating seriously. They married on (November 13, 1993). Since then, she has made an uncredited cameo appearance in one episode of Kelley's television series Picket Fences and played the title character in To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, for which Kelley wrote the screenplay. Pfeiffer had entered into private adoption proceedings before she met Kelley. In (March 1993), she adopted a newborn daughter, Claudia Rose, who was christened on Pfeiffer and Kelley's wedding day. Pfeiffer gave birth to their son, John Henry (August 5, 1994).
- Was offered a role in _Lorenzo's Oil (1992)_ (qv) but backed out due to scheduling conflicts from _Batman Returns (1992)_ (qv). The role ultimately went to 'Susan Sarandon' (qv).
- Older sister of 'Lori Pfeiffer' (qv), and 'Dedee Pfeiffer' (qv).
- During an A&E _"Biography" (1987)_ (qv), she said that her Catwoman costume from _Batman Returns (1992)_ (qv) was vacuum-sealed once she was fitted into it for scenes, so she actually had only a short amount of time to perform before she would have to have it opened or she could become light-headed and pass out.
- A potentially very interesting role that got away from Michelle was Mistress of the Seas, to be directed by Paul Verhoeven and produced by Jon Peters. It was to have centered around the true story of two female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read who sailed the seas with 'Calico Jack' in the Caribbean during the 18th Century. Michelle and Geena Davis were to be involved, but Geena had already signed up to do her own pirate flick, Cutthroat Island and Michelle, after meetings with Verhoeven, withdrew from the project, stating that all the conversations 'were about how much skin I would show.'
- Dated 'Fisher Stevens' (qv)
- Was considered for one of the roles in _Thelma & Louise (1991)_ (qv), along with 'Jodie Foster' (qv) as her co-star. 'Holly Hunter' (qv) and 'Frances McDormand' (qv) were also considered for the roles, that eventually went to 'Susan Sarandon' (qv) and 'Geena Davis' (qv).
- She was offered the role of Slim Keith in _Infamous (2006)_ (qv). She turned down the role and it was then given to 'Hope Davis (I)' (qv).
- Chosen by People Magazine as one of the most intriguing people of 1988 and 1989.