Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer


4/29/1958, Santa Ana, California, USA

Birth Name

Michelle Marie Pfeiffer



Also Known As

Michele Pfeiffer
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Michelle was born in Santa Ana, California on April 29, 1958 to parents Dick and Donna Pfeiffer. She graduated from high school in 1976 and went on to do various small jobs and to study as a court reporter. Michelle decided that court reporting was not the job…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Michelle was considered for the lead role of Donna in the 2008 film version of Mamma Mia, but in the end, the part was awarded to Meryl Streep.

    • Michelle once played Alice in Wonderland in Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade.

    • When Barbara Walters spoke of Michelle and Julia Roberts, she said that they are the most beautiful women she has ever interviewed.

    • Michelle has German, Dutch and Irish roots.

    • Michelle declined the part of Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs and Sharon's Stone role from Basic Instinct.

    • In the movie The Prince of Egypt Michelle Pfeiffer does her own singing.

    • Michelle's son, John Henry, was circumcised by Southern California's Dr. Fred Kogen MD, at the actresses wish.

    • Michelle gained real attention from Hollywood when she starred in the famous film Scarface, with Al Pacino.

    • In August 2007, Michelle received a star on the Hollywood "Walk Of Fame". It was the 2345th star on Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Michelle's first speaking role was at the age of 20 in an episode of Fantasy Island.

    • Michelle got involved with drugs in her teens, but when she moved to LA to pursue an acting career, she cleaned up her act.

    • Michelle attended Golden Valley College studying Psychology, but dropped out when she found the subject boring.

    • Michelle skipped a lot of high school, but still managed to maintain a grade B average.

    • Michelle adopted a child - Claudia Rose - in 1993. She gave birth to a son, John Henry (who she named after her husband's father), in 1994.

    • Michelle has one brother, Richard, and two sisters, Dee Dee and Lori.

    • As a child, one of Michelle's nicknames was Michelle Mudturtle. In 7th & 8th grade, her nickname was pickle.

    • Michelle has worked on various advertisements during her career, including television adverts for Lux perfume and printed adverts for Armani sunglasses.

    • Michelle has been nominated for 34 awards throughout her acting career. She has won 15 of the Awards, including a BAFTA for Dangerous Liasons, a Golden Globe for her role in The Fabulous Baker Boys and three Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for her roles in Dangerous Minds, What Lies Beneath and One Fine Day.

    • Michelle's first agent was John LaRocca. She met him when he was a judge and she was a contestant at the Miss L.A beauty pageant.

    • Michelle married Peter Horton in 1981. The marriage only lasted for 7 years, and in 1988 the couple divorced.

    • Prior to becoming an actress, Michelle worked at a supermarket check-out.

    • Michelle entered and won the Miss Orange County beauty pageant in 1978.

    • Michelle appeared in the music videos for Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise and B.B. King's In The Midnight Hour.

    • Michelle turned down the role of the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia, although she was the only major Hollywood actor offered the role.

    • Michelle is the first person to appear on People Magazine's list of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World, a record 6 times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1999) and the first person to appear on the cover of the special issue twice (1990 and 1999).

    • Michelle learned to tie maraschino cherry stems in knots with her tongue when she was a teenager.

    • Her name was misspelled as 'Michele' in the credits of her film, Callie & Son in 1981.

    • Her height is 5' 7½" (1.71 m).

  • Quotes

    • Michelle Pfeiffer (On actress Brittany Snow, who played her teen daughter in the 2007 film "Hairspray"): I absolutely loved working with her, and I grew so fond of her that I wanted to stick her in my suitcase and take her home with me. She is just darling.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: I was considered the black sheep of the family,
      Neighbors didn't want their kids playing with me.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: I'm afraid to be alone, I'm afraid not to be alone. I'm afraid of what I am, what I'm not, what I might become, what I might never become. I don't want to stay at my job for the rest of my life, but I'm afraid to leave. And I'm just tired, you know? I'm just so tired of being afraid.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: I'm a perfectionist, so I can drive myself mad - and other people, too. At the same time, I think that's one of the reasons I'm successful. Because I really care about what I do.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, hold our breath and hope we've set aside enough money for our kid's therapy.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: I used to smoke two packs a day and I just hate being a nonsmoker...but I will never consider myself a nonsmoker because I always find smokers the most interesting people at the table.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: For me, getting comfortable with being famous was hard - that whole side of it, the loss of anonymity, the loss of privacy. Giving up that part of your life and not having control of it.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: I don't believe men want women to have grotesque plastic surgery or be undernourished and bony. All the plastic surgery in the world can't stop you getting older.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer (her secret to keeping in shape): It's simple. Eat well, exercise and get lots of sleep but make sure you indulge occasionally. At my age I think, what the hell, and eat a Krispy Kreme doughnut!

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: When I was younger I really didn't take care of myself at all. I basically lived on Coca-Cola and cigarettes. That was my diet.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: I'd always thought that theater people were really weird. And I got into this class, and I just fell in love with the people there. They were funny, witty; they were really interesting. It was the only class that I made an effort to go to.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer (On picking up a Queens accent for her role in 'Married To The Mob'): I worked with a dialect coach called Richard Ericson who was fabulous, and I also went out to Long Island. The crew was fantastically helpful, too, because a lot of them were from there, and I would pick up things from them. On Long Island, Jonathan Demme's nephew introduced me to some friends of his, who read all my lines into a tape recorder so I could hear the way they should sound.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: I also went to court-reporting school to study steno typing. After a while, whenever anybody spoke, in my mind my fingers would be punching it out. Even two years after I quit, my mind still did that.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer (On her failed marriage to Peter Horton): I was 22. For me it was too young. I think my husband and I were both too young, and as we started growing up our needs changed. We've always been close, even up to the separation, which was very difficult on both of us because we have never stopped caring for eachother. We didn't have an angry breakup - he even helped me pack my car. It wasn't bitter, and we talked every day on the phone.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer (On the type of guy she liked during her high school years): I liked surfers. I spent most of my time hanging out at the beach. If a guy had a body like a V, blond hair and blue eyes, that's all he needed. My father used to get frustrated because I always went for love. None of my boyfriends had any money.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: I'm a better mother if I also work. Leaving home for little spurts is actually a good thing. Things don't fall apart. It empowers them without me hovering, making everyone feel inadequate.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer (on her role in What Lies Beneath): I thought about Drew Barrymore in the first Scream (1996) - I mean, ultimately that movie was more funny than scary, but the opening sequence was quite terrifying, and she portrayed terror in a way I'd never seen an actress do.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer (on cosmetic surgery): If that nose or those jowls bother you, do it! But this epidemic of people losing sight of what looks good, the distortion that has been going on is creepy. I've seen some amazing plastic surgery, but who knows if that's what you'll get. There are some freakish things going on right now.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer: I still think people will find out that I'm really not very talented. I'm really not very good. It's all just been a big sham.

    • Michelle Pfeiffer (on wearing the Catwoman costume): I thought to myself 'I can't move, I can't breathe, I can't think. I'm unhappy. I can't act'.

  • She's amazing

    Well, the first movie I ever saw with her was the one called Dangerous Minds, a pretty old one, but where she did a hell of a job as a leading actress. She impressed me a lot because of that role. And after that I continue to watch her growing and growing with her movies.. Of course, not every one of them was as extraodrinary as the first one I saw with her, but they are certainly proves that she can act. And good. No to mention that she is very pretty. Her talent is equivalent with her looks. Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the best actresses out there and one of my favorites. Period. I can't wait to see her future projects! In the last couple of years, she was a little unoticed, but that's ok. We still love you!moreless
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    Michelle Pfeiffer is a truly great actress. The fact that she has been in the business for so long really proves that she is talented. She's been in so many good movies (and a few bad ones), but she is usually on top of her game.