Michelle Pfeiffer born April 29, 1958 is a three-time Oscar nominated American actress. She made her screen debut in 1980, but first garnered mainstream attention with her stunning entrance down an elevator in Scarface (1983). She rose to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s with a series of versatile and critically-acclaimed performances in the films Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Married to the Mob (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Russia House (1990), Frankie and Johnny (1991), Love Field (1992), Batman Returns (1992), and The Age of Innocence (1993).
The much talked about scene in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) in which Pfeiffer drapes herself on top of a grand piano to sing Makin' Whoopee is a minor classic, while her performance as Catwoman in Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992) has become iconic.
Michelle Pfeiffer has won numerous awards for her work, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama for The Fabulous Baker Boys, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dangerous Liaisons, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress for Love Field; each of these films also resulted in a nomination for an Academy Award. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 6th, 2007. Her star is located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.
In 1990, Michelle Pfeiffer graced the cover of People magazine's first ever "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" issue. She again graced the cover of the annual issue in 1999, having made the "Most Beautiful" list a record six times during the decade (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1999). Pfeiffer is also the first celebrity to have made the cover of the annual issue two times, and the only one to have graced the cover twice during the 1990s.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Film career
o 2.1 First television and film appearances
o 2.2 Mainstream Attention
o 2.3 Critical Acclaim and Rise to A-List
o 2.4 International Superstardom
o 2.5 Return to Film
* 3 Theater
* 4 Personal life
o 4.1 Marriages
o 4.2 Other relationships
o 4.3 Children
* 5 Filmography
* 6 Television work
* 7 References
* 8 External links
Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, the second of four children of Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor, and Donna (née Taverna), a homemaker. She has one elder brother, Rick, and two younger sisters, Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer. Her father was of Dutch, German, and Irish descent, and her mother was of Swiss and Swedish ancestry. The family moved to Midway City, California, where Pfeiffer spent her childhood. She attended Fountain Valley High School and graduated within three years, later working as a check-out girl at Vons supermarket. She then attended Golden West College. After a short stint training to be a court stenographer, she decided upon an acting career, and entered the Miss Orange County Beauty Pageant in 1978 (which she won), and the Miss Los Angeles contest later that year, after which she was signed by a Hollywood agent who appeared on the judging panel. Moving to Los Angeles, she began to audition for commercials and bit parts in television and film.
First television and film appearances
Pfeiffer's early acting appearances included television roles in Fantasy Island, Delta House and BAD Cats, and small film roles in Falling in Love Again (1980) with Susannah York, The Hollywood Knights (1980) opposite Tony Danza, and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981), none of which met with much success. Pfeiffer took acting lessons, and appeared in three further television movies - Callie and Son (1981) with Lindsay Wagner, The Children Nobody Wanted (1981), and a remake of Splendor in the Grass (as Ginny) - before landing her first major film role as Stephanie Zinone in Grease 2 (1982), the sequel to the smash-hit musical Grease (1978). The film was a critical and commercial failure, although Pfeiffer herself received some positive attention, notably from the New York Times, which said "although she is a relative screen newcomer, Miss Pfeiffer manages to look much more insouciant and comfortable than anyone else in the cast." Despite escaping the critical mauling, Pfeiffer's agent later admitted that her association with the film meant that "she couldn't get any jobs. Nobody wanted to hire her.