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 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).
- Is of Dutch, German, Irish, Swedish and Swiss descent.
- Sister-in-law of 'Jude Cole' (qv).
- 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.'
- Has been an an avid oil painter for most of her life.
- 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'.
- Her first job as a performer was playing "Alice" from _Alice in Wonderland (1951)_ (qv) at Disneyland in the Main Street Electrical Parade in the mid 1970s.
- Director 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv) originally wanted her to play "Vicki Vale" to replace 'Sean Young (I)' (qv), the original choice, in _Batman (1989)_ (qv), but that part eventually went to 'Kim Basinger' (qv). When Burton made _Batman Returns (1992)_ (qv), he cast her as "Catwoman/Selina Kyle".
- Older sister of 'Lori Pfeiffer' (qv), and 'Dedee Pfeiffer' (qv).