Michelle Pfeiffer Biography

Michelle Pfeiffer is an American actress best known for her role as ‘Catwoman’ in the Blockbuster, ‘Batman Returns’. Read this biography to learn more about her profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Michelle Pfeiffer
Quick Facts

Birthday: April 29, 1958

Nationality: American

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Age: 61 Years, 61 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Taurus

Also Known As: Michelle Marie Pfeiffer

Born in: Santa Ana

Famous as: American actress

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females


Spouse/Ex-: David E. Kelley (m. 1993), Peter Horton (m. 1981–1988)

father: Richard Pfeiffer

mother: Donna

siblings: Dedee Pfeiffer, Lori Pfeiffer, Rick

children: Claudia Rose Pfeiffer, John Henry Kelley

U.S. State: California

Personality: INFJ

City: Santa Ana, California

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education: Fountain Valley High School

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An award-winning actress, Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the few artistes who worked tirelessly every day of her life to make her dreams come true. Admired for her looks, her acting skills garnered widespread attention and fame among the masses. This blue-eyed beauty, initially aspired to be a court reporter until she began performing minor roles on television and acted in a series of commercials. She bagged her breakthrough role in the movie ‘Scarface’ and some of her other noteworthy performances were in films like ‘The Russia House’, ‘Batman Returns’, ‘Frankie and Johnny’ , ‘Love Field’, ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ and Married to Mob’. Considered one of the best looking Hollywood actresses, Pfeiffer has been featured six times on the People Magazine’s list of ‘50 Most Beautiful People in The World’. This Hollywood diva is known for guarding her privacy, has rarely gone out of the way to claim her celebrity status and is admired for her humility. With an estimated net worth of $ 80 million, she has established herself as one of the most popular A-list actresses in Hollywood.

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Michelle Pfeiffer
Childhood & Early Life
  • Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California to Richard Pfeiffer, an air-conditioning contractor and Donna Pfeiffer, a homemaker. She has three siblings, one of whom is Dedee Pfeiffer, a television and film actress.
  • She was raised in Midway City, Orange County for most part of her childhood. As a teenager she won several beauty contests.
  • In 1975, she graduated from the Fountain Valley High School, in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California.
  • She attended the Golden West College in Huntington Beach, where she studied to be a court reporter and worked part time as a check-out girl at the ‘Vons supermarket’.
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  • In 1978, she won the Miss Orange County Pageant and was the sixth finalist at the Miss California pageant. Following the show, she hired an acting agent and auditioned for acting roles.
  • She began acting with a few small roles in sitcoms like ‘Fantasy Island’, ‘Delta House’ and ‘B.A.D. Cats'.
  • In 1980, she appeared in the rom-com film, ‘Falling in Love Again’, where she played the role of ‘Sue Wellington’. That year she was also seen in ‘The Hollywood Nights’, an American comedy film directed by Floyd Mutrux.
  • In 1981, she played a small role in ‘Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen’, a film directed by Clive Donner.
  • She took acting lessons at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles and during this time, she continued to audition for bigger roles and appeared in several television movies.
  • In 1982, she played the role of Stephanie Zinone in the American musical film ‘Grease 2’, directed and choreographed by Patricia Birch. The film went on to become a critical and commercial failure.
  • In 1983, she bagged her first breakthrough role in ‘Scarface’, a crime film directed by Oliver Stone and produced by Martin Bregman. Even though the film received moderate success, she was noticed and appreciated by critics.
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  • In 1985, she acted in the movie ‘Ladyhawke’, a fantasy film starring Matthew Broderick and Rutger Hauer.
  • In 1987, she starred in the ‘The Witches of Eastwick’, a comedy-fantasy film directed by George Miller. The film was a commercial box office hit and also starred Jack Nicholson.
  • In 1988, she delivered an award-winning performance as ‘Angela de Marco’ in ‘Married to Mob’, directed by Jonathan Demme.
  • She played the role of ‘Madame de Tourvel’ in the Academy Award nominated film ‘Dangerous Liaisons’, which was based on a play titled ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’.
  • In 1989, she earned an Academy Award nomination for her role as ‘Susie Diamond’ in the film ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’, a musical film written and directed by Steve Kloves.
  • In 1990, she appeared in ‘The Russia House’, a movie based on John le Carre’s novel of the same title. Her role as ‘Katya Orlova’ required her to adopt a Russian accent and her efforts paid off when she was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance.
  • In 1991, she acted along with Al Pacino in the Garry Marshall film, ‘Frankie and Johnny’; a film inspired by the hit Broadway play ‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune’.
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  • In 1992, she garnered international acclaim with her role as ‘Catwoman’ in the blockbuster hit of that year ‘Batman Returns’, a sequel to the film ‘Batman’, directed by Tim Burton.
  • In 1993, she played the part of ‘Countess Ellen Olenska’ in ‘The Age of Innocence’, a Martin Scorsese film based on Edith Wharton’s novel of the same title.
  • In 2007, she appeared in the commercially successful box office hit, ‘Hairspray’.
  • In 2012, she appeared in films like ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘People Like US’.
Major Works
  • The Academy Award-nominated and critically acclaimed film, ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’, earned $18.4 million at the box office and was ranked 12th on Entertainment Weekly’s list of ‘25 Sexiest Movies Ever’.
  • She played the role of ‘Catwoman’ in ‘Batman Returns’, the film was a commercial and critical success. It earned a whopping $ 282.8 million worldwide, becoming the third highest grossing film in America and the sixth highest worldwide.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 1990, she won the BAFTA Award for the category of ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’ for ‘Dangerous Liaisons’.
  • In 1990, she was the featured on the first edition of People Magazine’s list of ‘50 Most Beautiful People in The World’.
  • In 1990, she received the Golden Globe Award for the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama’ for ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’.
  • In 1992, she won the ‘Silver Berlin Bear’ for the category of ‘Best Actress’ for the film ‘Love Field’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 1981, she married Peter Horton in Santa Monica. The couple separated in 1988 and divorced two years later.
  • After her divorce, she became romantically involved with actor-producer, Fisher Stevens and their relationship lasted for three years.
  • In March 1993, she adopted a baby girl, Claudia Rose. The same year she married David E. Kelly and they have a son together.
  • She is a vegan and is a supporter of the ‘Humane Society’, a group that aims to stop human and animal suffering.
  • This Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress accidently cut Al Pacino with a broken glass during an audition for a film.

1. Scarface (1983)

  (Drama, Crime)

2. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

  (Romance, Drama)

3. Stardust (2007)

  (Romance, Family, Adventure, Fantasy)

4. I Am Sam (2001)


5. The Age of Innocence (1993)

  (Drama, Romance)

6. White Oleander (2002)


7. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

  (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

8. People Like Us (2012)

  (Comedy, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
1990 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
BAFTA Awards
1990 Best Actress in a Supporting Role Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

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