Tuesday, 5 March 2013

American Actresses Over 50

American Actresses Over 50 Biography
Michelle Pfeiffer More at IMDbPro »
Date of Birth
29 April 1958, Santa Ana, California, USA

Birth Name
Michelle Marie Pfeiffer

5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Biography
Michelle Pfeiffer was 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. She was married to actor/director Peter Horton ("Gary" of "thirtysomething" (1987)) in 1981. They were later divorced, and she then had a three year relationship with actor Fisher Stevens. When that did not work out, Pfeiffer decided she did not want to wait any longer before having her own family, and in March 1993, she adopted a baby girl, Claudia Rose. On November 13th of the same year, she married lawyer-turned-writer/producer David E. Kelley, creator of "Picket Fences" (1992), "Chicago Hope" (1994), "The Practice" (1997), and "Boston Public" (2000). On August 5, 1994, their son John Henry was born.

IMDb Mini Biography By: Natica Jackson <natica@cris.com>

David E. Kelley (13 November 1993 - present) 2 children
Peter Horton (5 October 1981 - 1 October 1988) (divorced)

Trade Mark
Husky voice

Cat-like blue eyes

Used to work in a clothing store.

Ranked #39 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Born at 8:11am-PDT.

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'.

Won the Miss Orange County beauty pageant.

Was voted Best Dressed Female Movie Star. [1997]

Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Michelle's name was misspelled as 'Michele' in the credits of her film, Callie & Son (1981) (TV).

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#3). [1995]

Replaced Annette Bening as Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992).

Does her own singing in Grease 2 (1982), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Prince of Egypt (1998) and Hairspray (2007).

The character Catwoman/Selina Kyle, who she played in Batman Returns (1992), was voted #3 in Empire's "69 Sexiest Movie Characters of All Time". [2000]

Turned down the Sharon Stone role in Basic Instinct (1992).

While a teenage clerk at Vons Grocery Store in California, c. 1974, she learned to tie maraschino cherry stems in knots with her tongue.

Has an adopted daughter named Claudia Rose (born in 1993) and a son named John Henry (born in 1994) with husband David E. Kelley, named after David's father.

Accidentally cut Al Pacino with broken glass while auditioning for Scarface (1983).

Studied acting under Geraldine Page at workshop at Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles.

Her first job as a performer was playing "Alice" from Alice in Wonderland (1951) at Disneyland in the Main Street Electrical Parade in the mid-1970s.

There was a study done of the faces of beautiful women, quantifying the ratio of the width of the mouth to the width of the nose, attempting to find the perfect proportions for the perfect face of feminine beauty (the ratio turns out to be something like 1.7). The movie star with the most perfect proportions for feminine facial beauty, based on this measure, turns out to be Michelle Pfeiffer.

Attended Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, California and graduated in 1976.

Older sister of Lori Pfeiffer, and Dedee Pfeiffer.

Actor Val Kilmer wrote poetry for her.

Is of Dutch, German, Irish, Swedish and Swiss descent.

During an A&E "Biography" (1987), she said that her Catwoman costume from Batman Returns (1992) was vacuum-sealed once she was fitted into it for scenes, so she actually had only a short amount of time to perform before she would have to have it opened or she could become light-headed and pass out.

Was chosen to be on the cover of the first ever "People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World" issue in 1990; appeared on the list 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).

Barbara Walters called her and Julia Roberts the most beautiful people she has ever interviewed.

Voted by Biography Magazine readers as the most beautiful woman of the 1990s.

Chosen by People Magazine as one of the most intriguing people of 1988 and 1989.

Turned down the role of the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005); she was the only major Hollywood star offered the role.

Sister-in-law of Jude Cole and Kevin Ryan. Ex-sister-in-law of Gregory Fein.

Was considered for the role of Eva Perón in Evita (1996), and when the film was to be directed by Oliver Stone, she even had taken a good few months voice training for the role.

In 1999, joined the "12 million dollar club".

In an Entertainment Weekly on-line poll, she placed second in the category of Best Modern Actress; beaten only by Meryl Streep [September 1999].

Was offered the role of Clarice Starling, in the movie The Silence of the Lambs (1991), that eventually went to Jodie Foster.

Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 6, 2007.

Has been an an avid oil painter for most of her life.

Has worked with four live-action Batmans. First, she appeared in Batman Returns (1992), with Michael Keaton. She worked with Val Kilmer "ABC Afterschool Specials" (1972) {One Too Many (#13.7)} and The Prince of Egypt (1998). In One Fine Day (1996), she works with George Clooney, and in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), she works with Christian Bale.

Was nominated for 6 consecutive Golden Globe Awards from 1989-1994.

Has been very good friends with Cher since working together on The Witches of Eastwick (1987).

One of her favorite films is The Wizard of Oz (1939).

When she was in her twenties, strangers would come up to her thinking she was Deborah Harry from the band Blondie. Not surprisingly, Harry stated in an interview that if she could choose any actress to play her in a film, she would choose Pfeiffer.

Was voted by Empire Magazine as 13th Greatest actress of her time (out of 50 actresses) 2004.

Good friends with Ellen Barkin.

Empire Magazine voted her the 33rd sexiest movie star in December 2007.

She is close friends with Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Jodie Foster, George Clooney, Martin Scorsese and Cher.

Was considered for the lead role in Mamma Mia! (2008) that eventually went to Meryl Streep.

According to her interview in Premiere Magazine in 1999, she would really like to work with: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt.

Turned down the role of Ginger McKenna in Casino (1995), because she had already played a similar role (that of a drug-addicted trophy wife) in Scarface (1983). The part eventually went to Sharon Stone.

In the mid-1990s, she was attached to star in a remake of The Innocents (1961) starring Deborah Kerr, based on the Henry James novel "The Turn of the Screw".

Was considered for the role in Bugsy (1991) that eventually went to Annette Bening.

Auditoned for the role in Urban Cowboy (1980) that eventually went to Debra Winger.

Was attached to star in two romantic comedies in 2004. One was "Taming Ben Taylor" (2004) with Kevin Costner and the other was "She's Gone" (2004), a romantic comedy about a couple whose marriage is at a crossroads. It was to be produced by Armyan Bernstein and Mark Johnson for Disney.

Said she wanted to star in a Grease remake with Jessica Simpson.

Was considered for a part in Working Girl (1988) along with Meryl Streep. The roles eventually went to Melanie Griffith (replacing Pfeiffer) and Sigourney Weaver (replacing Streep).

15 years before Chéri (2009) was made, Jessica Lange was attached to play the lead role which eventually went to Pfeiffer. She has credit as a producer on the film.

Turned down the role of the Angel of death in A Prairie Home Companion (2006). The role went to Virginia Madsen.

Auditioned for the role of Emmeline in The Blue Lagoon (1980), but she was dissatisfied with the character. The part went to Brooke Shields.

Was considered for the role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) that was played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Turned down Demi Moore's role in Passion of Mind (2000), a film that was originally developed for her, due to scheduling conflicts with The Story of Us (1999), which coincidentally co-starred Moore's estranged husband, Bruce Willis.

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 (1995), and Michelle, after meetings with Verhoeven, withdrew from the project, stating that all the conversations "were about how much skin I would show".

Turned down the Ashley Judd role in Double Jeopardy (1999).

She was offered the role of Slim Keith in Infamous (2006). She turned down the role and it was then given to Hope Davis.

While Pfeiffer was involved with her own production company "Via Rose Productions", she had a few projects in development. They included a biopic of singer Marianne Faithfull, artist Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as a sci-fi/drama, a female basketball coach, a project where she would play a tabloid journalist called "Privacy", also included in the mix are one about the Rosewood Education Center in South Central Los Angeles, where gang members help and work with handicap kids. Another script in development was where she would play an undercover drug agent in a project called, "The Ice Queen", based on the true story of DEA agent Heidi Landgraf who posed as a drug queen and ended up sending 200 dealers to jail.

Was considered for the role of Golly in Nickelodeon's screen adaptation of Harriet the Spy (1996) that went to Rosie O'Donnell.

Empire Magazine voted her the 3rd sexiest movie star ever in 1995. 1st was Johnny Depp and 2nd was Marilyn Monroe.

Was considered for the Marcia Gay Harden's role in Mystic River (2003).

Was offered the Julia Roberts role in Pretty Woman (1990).

Pfeiffer was already in the process of adopting a child by the time she met future husband David E. Kelley. They had only been together for two months when their daughter Claudia Rose was added to their family.

Kate Nelligan has been her co-star in three films: Frankie and Johnny (1991), Wolf (1994) and Up Close & Personal (1996).

Michelle was under serious consideration for the role of "Maria" in the big-screen adaptation of The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). Brian De Palma, who had directed the actress in Scarface (1983), was eager to work with her again. However, she instead opted for the role in another literary film adaptation, The Russia House (1990). Melanie Griffith was then cast as "Maria" and received a Razzie nomination as Worst Actress for the role, while Michelle went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

Briefly considered taking on the lead role in the boxing drama Against the Ropes (2004). When Pfeiffer passed, Meg Ryan was cast in the film, which went on to become a failure at the box office.

Was the original choice for the female lead in City Island (2009).

Reportedly turned down the chance to star opposite Pierce Brosnan in the romantic comedy, How to Make Love Like an Englishman (????).

After almost 20 years to the day, she has reunited with two former directors for new projects. Garry Marshall, who directed Pfeiffer in Frankie and Johnny (1991), is directing her in New Year's Eve (2011), and Tim Burton, who directed her in Batman Returns (1992), is directing her in Dark Shadows (2012).
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50
American Actresses Over 50

1 comment: