Apr. 29th, 1958
Santa Ana, California, USA
Michelle Pfeiffer's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Personal Effects
2009 - Chéri
2007 - I Could Never Be Your Woman
2007 - Hairspray
2007 - Stardust
2003 - Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas
2002 - White Oleander
2001 - I am Sam
2000 - What Lies Beneath
1999 - The Deep End of the Ocean
1999 - The Story of Us
1999 - A Midsummer Night's Dream
1998 - The Prince of Egypt
1996 - One Fine Day
1996 - Up Close & Personal
1996 - To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
1995 - Dangerous Minds
1994 - Wolf
1993 - The Age of Innocence
1992 - Batman Returns
1991 - Frankie and Johnny
1990 - The Russia House
1989 - The Fabulous Baker Boys
1988 - Dangerous Liaisons
1988 - Married to the Mob
1988 - Tequila Sunrise
1987 - The Witches of Eastwick
1987 - Amazon Women on the Moon
1985 - Ladyhawke
1983 - Scarface
1982 - Grease 2
1980 - The Hollywood Knights
Guest TV Roles
Michelle Pfeiffer was 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.
She 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, alongside 'Jack Nicholson', 'Cher' and 'Susan Sarandon'.
Pfeiffer 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) opposite 'Claire Danes', 'Charlie Cox' and 'Robert De Niro'.
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 'ChloĂ« Grace Moretz'. In the film, she plays the family Matriarch, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. 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 has commented that she feels that her best performance is 'still in her,' and that she thinks that's what keeps her going.
She was married to actor/director 'Peter Horton' Gary of Thirtysomething (1987) in 1981. They were later divorced, and she then had a three year relationship with actor 'Fisher Stevens'. When that didn't work out, Pfeiffer decided she didn't want to wait any longer before having her own family, and in March of 1993, she adopted a baby girl, Claudia Rose. On November 13th of the same year, she married lawyer-turned-writer/producer 'David E. Kelley', creator of Picket Fences (1992), Chicago Hope (1994), The Practice (1997), and Boston Public (2000). On August 5, 1994 their son, John Henry was born.
Having been a smoker for ten years and having a niece who suffered from leukemia for ten years, she decided to support the American Cancer Society. Her charity work also includes her support for the Humane Society. Pfeiffer is a vegan.
- She is close friends with 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) and his wife 'Kate Capshaw' (qv), 'Nicole Kidman' (qv), 'Jack Nicholson' (qv), 'Jodie Foster' (qv), 'George Clooney' (qv), 'Martin Scorsese' (qv) and 'Cher (I)' (qv).
- Was considered for the role of 'Eva Perón' (qv) in _Evita (1996)_ (qv), and when the film was to be directed by 'Oliver Stone (I)' (qv), she even had taken a good few months voice training for the role.
- Auditioned for the role of Emmeline in _The Blue Lagoon (1980)_ (qv), but she was dissatisfied with the character. The part went to 'Brooke Shields' (qv).
- (1997) Was voted Best Dressed Female Movie Star.
- Won the Miss Orange County beauty pageant.
- Empire Magazine voted her the 33rd sexiest December 2007.
- She thought about looking for a man to father a child with "no strings attached," but decided to adopt instead. She adopted a daughter, 'Claudia Rose'.
- Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.