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Also Known As: Michelle Marie Pfeiffer Died:
Born: April 29, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Santa Ana, California, USA Profession: actor, model, supermarket cashier, court reporter

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Michelle Pfeiffer was an American actress born on April 29, 1958 in Santa Ana, California. The second of four children, including sister and fellow actress Dedee Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer attended Golden West College before deciding to embark on an acting career. After participating in a number of California beauty pageants, Pfeiffer secured an agent and began auditioning for television and movies. She made her acting and TV debut in an episode of "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1977-1984) in 1978, and her film debut in "The Hollywood Knights" (1980). Just before landing the female lead role in "Grease 2" (1982), Pfeiffer married fellow actor Peter Horton. Her role as Stephanie Zinone in "Grease 2" almost cost her an audition for Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (1983), since De Palma apparently did not like the movie, but in the end, she played Elvira Hancock for her breakout role. This began a string of hit movie roles that made Pfeiffer one of the leading actresses of the 1980s and '90s. She starred in George Miller's "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987), one of her most iconic roles. Pfeiffer has been nominated for three Academy Awards; her roles in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989) earned...

Michelle Pfeiffer was an American actress born on April 29, 1958 in Santa Ana, California. The second of four children, including sister and fellow actress Dedee Pfeiffer, Pfeiffer attended Golden West College before deciding to embark on an acting career. After participating in a number of California beauty pageants, Pfeiffer secured an agent and began auditioning for television and movies. She made her acting and TV debut in an episode of "Fantasy Island" (ABC, 1977-1984) in 1978, and her film debut in "The Hollywood Knights" (1980). Just before landing the female lead role in "Grease 2" (1982), Pfeiffer married fellow actor Peter Horton. Her role as Stephanie Zinone in "Grease 2" almost cost her an audition for Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (1983), since De Palma apparently did not like the movie, but in the end, she played Elvira Hancock for her breakout role. This began a string of hit movie roles that made Pfeiffer one of the leading actresses of the 1980s and '90s. She starred in George Miller's "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987), one of her most iconic roles. Pfeiffer has been nominated for three Academy Awards; her roles in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989) earned her two of those nominations. Pfeiffer and Horton divorced in 1990 due to the stresses of their respective careers. She starred as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Tim Burton's superhero sequel "Batman Returns" (1992), one of her most well-known performances that also served to create one of the most vivid interpretations of the comic book character. Pfeiffer was nominated for her third Oscar with "Love Field" (1992) and starred in Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence" (1993). She married TV writer and producer David E. Kelley in 1993. The couple adopted a newborn daughter, Claudia Rose, the same year, and Pfeiffer gave birth to a son, John Henry, in 1994. She lent her voice to DreamWorks' second animated film, "The Prince of Egypt" (1998), and began a four-year hiatus from acting in 2003 that concluded with her appearance as the villainous Velma Von Tussle in the musical hit "Hairspray" (2007). After another four-year acting hiatus that began in 2013, Pfeiffer had a critically acclaimed 2017 thanks to her parts in "Mother!," "Murder on the Orient Express," and the HBO TV movie "The Wizard of Lies." For the latter, she was nominated for her first Emmy Award as Ruth Madoff opposite Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff. Pfeiffer then joined the pantheon of characters brought to the screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Janet Van Dyne in "Ant-Man and the Wasp" (2018). A relatively private star whose dislike of interviews was public knowledge, Pfeiffer also received significant media attention as an example of exceptional Hollywood beauty. Pfeiffer was critically regarded as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, playing a versatile range of characters across diverse genres and eras.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Where Is Kyra? (2018)
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 mother! (2017)
8.
 Wizard of Lies (2017)
9.
 Family, The (2013)
10.
 Dark Shadows (2012)
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Milestones close milestones

2007:
Cast as Velma Von Tussel in the remake of the John Water's film "Hairspray"
1997:
Co-starred with Jessica Lange in "A Thousand Acres"; a modern-day version of "King Lear" adapted from Jane Smiley's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel
1996:
Debut as executive producer (also acted), "One Fine Day"; also starred George Clooney
1991:
Downplayed her looks to portray a working-class waitress romanced by a short-order cook (Al Pacino) in "Frankie & Johnny"
2001:
Portrayed a lawyer fighting to help an autistic father (Sean Penn) retain custody of his daughter in "I Am Sam"
2002:
Portrayed a woman who murder's her boyfriend and has her daughter taken away in "White Oleander"; earned a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actress
1988:
Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination as the married Madame de Tourval in Stephen Frears' "Dangerous Liaisons"
1980:
Was a regular on the Aaron Spelling-produced series "B.A.D. Cats" (ABC)
1989:
Earned Best Actress Oscar nomination as the chanteuse Susie Diamond in "The Fabulous Baker Boys"
1995:
Had box-office hit as former Marine-turned-teacher LouAnne Johnson in "Dangerous Minds"
1992:
Received second Best Actress Oscar nomination as a woman traveling to the funeral of President John F Kennedy in "Love Field"
:
Reportedly turned down the lead role of "Evita" in the film because she did not want to work on location
1996:
Teamed with Robert Redford as a rising TV newsreporter in "Up Close and Personal"
1990:
With producing partner Kate Guinzberg, formed first look deal with Orion Pictures
1994:
Reteamed with Jack Nicholson for "Wolf"
1996:
Took supporting role of the ghost of Peter Gallagher's wife in "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday"; film written by David E. Kelley
1978:
TV acting debut in bit role on ABC's "Fantasy Island"
1979:
TV movie debut in "The Solitary Man" (CBS)
1999:
Co-starred as Tatiana in a film version of "A Mid Summer Night's Dream"
2000:
Co-starred with Harrison Ford in the Robert Zemeckis's thriller "What Lies Beneath"
1985:
Directed by her then-husband Peter Horton in the ABC TV-movie "One Too Many"
1980:
Feature film debut, "The Hollywood Knights"
1982:
Landed female lead in the film sequel "Grease 2"
1989:
Made NYC stage acting debut in "Twelfth Night"; performed in Central Park under the auspices of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival
1994:
Made uncredited cameo appearance in an episode of "Picket Fences"; created by husband David E. Kelley
1988:
Played a widowed Mafia wife in Jonathan Demme's comedy "Married to the Mob"
2007:
Played the evil witch Laima in the fairy tale "Stardust," a feature based on the fantasy adventure novel by Neil Gaiman
1987:
Played title role in "Natica Jackson," an episode in the the three-part PBS series "Tales From the Hollywood Hills"; last major television acting role to date
1999:
Produced and starred in "The Deep End of the Ocean"
1998:
Provided a character voice for the DreamWorks animated film "The Prince of Egypt"
2009:
Re-teamed with director Stephen Frears for "Cheri"
2011:
Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year's Eve," directed by Garry Marshall
2012:
Co-starred with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's remake of the gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows"
2012:
Starred alongside Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks in the dramedy "People Like Us"
2013:
Co-starred with Robert De Niro in the mob comedy/thriller "The Family"
2018:
Made her MCU debut in "Ant-Man and the Wasp"
2019:
Returned to the MCU in "Avengers 4"
1979:
TV debut as regular on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Delta House," which was inspired by the feature film "Animal House"
1987:
First box-office hit, "The Witches of Eastwick"; co-starred with Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon and Cher
1983:
Earned critical notice, co-starring with Al Pacino in Brian De Palma's gangster classic "Scarface"
2007:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August)
1992:
Won raves for her performance as Catwoman/Selina Kyle in "Batman Returns"; Tim Burton directed
2017:
Led the cast of New York-set drama "Where Is Kyra?"
2017:
Gave a devious turn in Darren Aronofsky's surreal mystery "Mother!"
2017:
Starred in Kenneth Branagh's "Murder on the Orient Express" remake
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Education

Golden West Community College: Huntington Beach, California -
Fountain Valley High School: Fountain Valley, California - 1976

Notes

Pfeiffer was selected as the Woman of the Year by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals in 1995

"I don't really think in terms of what's commercial and what's not, because I'm a really bad judge of that. I look for something that doesn't offend me." --Michelle Pfeiffer to The New York Times, August 6, 1995.

"I'm pretty determined. I mean, there's really no reason I should be where I am. I was in a beauty pageant. Hel-LO! I was in 'Delta House'. I did 'The Hollywood Knights' and a really bad Aaron Spelling series. The person that could turn that around--It's perserverance, really." --Pfeiffer on her career to Us, August 1995.

"She sometimes picks wacky projects, but that's what makes her grow." --co-star Jack Nicholson quoted in Us, August 1995.

"Coming to terms with fame enabled me to draw really distinct and severe and thick lines around what I will and won't do. You have to do that because if you don't the lines are murky, and because this is about your person--it's not a product you're selling. You have to know which parts you can control and which parts you can't. Very few are controllable, but if you can grab on to the ones that are, it helps balance it out. I am very stingy about [publicity] and I am really a pain in the ass about it. But to me there's just no other way to have the kind of life that resembles a normal life." --Michelle Pfeiffer quoted in Interview, July 1994.

On viewing her work: "It's best for me to see a movie once when it's finished and not see it again. I'm just too critical." --Michelle Pfeiffer in Us, November 1993.

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husband:
Peter Horton. Actor, director. Appeared on TV in "thirtysomething"; met in acting class; married in 1981; separated in 1988; divorced in 1990.
companion:
Val Kilmer. Actor. Dated in the 1980s; dedicated poems to her in his privately published "My Eden After Burns".
companion:
Fisher Stevens. Actor. Together for three years c. 1989-91.
husband:
David E Kelley. Producer, screenwriter. Creator of the show "Picket Fences"; married on November 13, 1993; father of John Henry.
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father:
Dick Pfeiffer. Heating and air conditioning contractor.
mother:
Donna Pfeiffer.
brother:
Rick Pfeiffer. Older.
sister:
DeDee Pfeiffer. Actor. Born on January 1, 1964.
sister:
Lori Pfeiffer. Model. Born in June 1965.
daughter:
Claudia Rose Kelley. Born in 1993; biracial; adopted by Pfeiffer in March 1993; christened on November 13, 1993, given the last name Kelley.
son:
John Henry Kelley. Born on August 5, 1994; father, David E Kelley.
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