Michelle Pfeiffer, biography of the iconic actress of the 80s

Movie stars never cease to shine, even when their talent and media trail seem to fade more and more with the passage of time. Not so, however, for Michelle Pfeiffer . One of those actresses for whom the saying “Whoever you love you do not forget” may apply. She represents the icon of the fascinating and particularly attractive woman not so much for her shapes, but for her innate and defined sensuality in front of the screen. Witness the films of her that have made school and have made millions of fans fall in love.

In this new appointment with the biographies of famous actors and actresses, we discover the story of Michelle Pfeiffer, one of the icons of American cinema of the 80s!


  • The beginnings of Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Success for Michelle Pfeiffer
  • The world fame for Michelle Pfeiffer arrives
  • The 2000s for Michelle Pfeiffer
  • The interpretations of Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Filmography Michelle Pfeiffer

The beginnings of Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer is an American actress born on April 29, 1958 . Her teenage school life mostly takes place in California. Her greatest aspiration goes towards the direction of investigative journalism, but it will remain only a dream. She because she immediately understands that her path is another. Neither better nor worse. Simply, things in life change and it has been for her too. 

After a year he abandoned his studies to devote himself to beauty contests , which will then represent the springboard towards short television appearances in films and TV series.

The first film on TV that sees her as the protagonist is called “The solitary man”, while at the same time she made her debut in the cinema in the film “Begin to love one another again”. The following year she shoots the second film, “Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen .

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Success for Michelle Pfeiffer

But the real success came in 1982 with Grease 2 and, also and above all, when the director Brian De Palma wrote the writing for a real myth in cinematic history, namely the film Scarface . Film that goes beyond historical eras and considerably increases Michelle Pfeiffer’s reputation. Certainly the company of a certain Al Pacino , from this point of view, helps a lot. But she doesn’t live on reflected light alone. 

Meanwhile, in addition to cinema, Michelle continues her appearances in certain TV films, including The Witches of Eastwick , where she stars with Jack Nicholson, A Merry Widow… But Not Too Much and Dangerous Liaisons .

Thanks to the latter film he received his first official Oscar nomination . She plays singer Susie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker which earned her the Golden Globe title, as well as her second Oscar nomination.

The world fame for Michelle Pfeiffer arrives

In the last film mentioned, he does not use playback but sings live and demonstrates unexpected singing qualities. At the beginning of the 90s, Michelle Pfeiffer’s notoriety as an actress of international caliber was now fully consolidated. In La casa Russia she is seen alongside Sean Connery .

He accompanies Al Pacino in another film entitled Fear of love . She takes part in Batman – the return with Danny DeVito, where she plays the role of cat woman, anti-heroine par excellence. Two Strangers and One Destiny represents the film viaticum towards the third Oscar nomination and the conquest of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. 

In 1993 she plays the voice actress for The Simpsons , voicing the character of Mindy Simmons. From 1989 to 1994, in practice, the golden period on the cinematographic level, adding films such as The Age of Innocence by Martin Scorsese, Wolf – The beast and out, again with Jack Nicholson and finally One day … by chance with George Clooney.

The 2000s for Michelle Pfeiffer

In the 2000s he joined Harrison Ford in Robert Zemeckis’ Hidden Truths. In the company of Sean Penn she shoots for the drama My Name is Sam , dated 2001.

In 2007 he officially became a Hollywood star with the star depicted in his name on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame . This alone would be enough to describe its immensity.

From 2007 to 2009, Michelle Pfeiffer takes a short break from filming before joining the fray again to play Stephen Frears’ Cheri .

In 2011 he is part of a stellar cast that includes the likes of Robert De Niro , Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron in the film New Year’s Eve in New York . She plays the character of a widow in A Sudden Family .

She is also seen in collaboration with Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows TV series. Luc Besson then hires her for the comedy Cose nostra – underworld where she is the protagonist as the wife of Robert De Niro.

After another period of short film abstinence, Pfeiffer decides again to return to the big screen starting in 2017 to play the role of a new widow. This time and Linda Arendt in Murder on the Orient Express . Johnny Depp is back, but this time Penelope Cruz is added.

Receives the 2017 Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress following her performance in the TV movie The wizard of lies .

She broadens her cinematic horizons as she gets a part from Marvel Studios for the film Ant-man and the Wasp, in which she appears as comic book character Janet Van Dyne.

In Maleficent – Mistress of Evil she deviates a little from her traditional canons of beautiful and good actress to play a bad and evil character, namely Queen Ingrid of Ulstead.

The interpretations of Michelle Pfeiffer

In this sense it must be said that Michelle Pfeiffer has always juggled well in cinematographic parts that involve a certain inner reflection of the characters. 

Perhaps, because, they also involve her from a personal point of view since, in any case, in life she has also made risky and, at times, even unthinkable choices. Like those of some saying ‘no’ that others, perhaps, would not have said. 

The theme of abandoned or missing children on which he builds his fragility on the set as a predominant feature recurs. In addition to the famous interpretations, the cinematic waste is famous that led her to neglect some films which, later, became famous anyway. For example, she should have starred in films such as Thelma & Louise, Basic Instict, The Silence of the Lambs, Pretty Woman (the latter part entrusted to Julia Roberts and which has become an international cult). Typical example of how sometimes from missed opportunities taken others can develop later even higher in terms of thickness and depth.

Filmography Michelle Pfeiffer

Here is Michelle Pfeiffer’s filmography in chronological order:

  1. The Hollywood Knights, regia di Floyd Mutrux (1980)
  2. Falling in love again, by Steven Paul (1980)
  3. Charlie Chan and the curse of the Dragon queen, directed by Clive Donner (1981)
  4. Grease 2, by Patricia Birch (1982)
  5. Scarface, directed by Brian De Palma (1983)
  6. Into the night, by John Landis (1985)
  7. Ladyhawke, by Richard Donner (1985)
  8. Sweet Liberty – La dolce independence (Sweet Liberty), directed by Alan Alda (1986)
  9. The Witches of Eastwick, by George Miller (1987)
  10. Amazon women on the moon, directed by Joe Dante and John Landis (1987)
  11. A Merry Widow … But Not Too Much (Married to the Mob), directed by Jonathan Demme (1988)
  12. Tequila Connection (Tequila Sunrise), regia di Robert Towne (1988)
  13. Dangerous Liaisons, by Stephen Frears (1988)
  14. I favolosi Baker (The Fabulous Baker Boys), regia di Steve Kloves (1989)
  15. La casa Russia (The Russia House), directed by Fred Schepisi (1990)
  16. Fear of Love (Frankie and Johnny), by Garry Marshall (1991)
  17. Batman Returns, directed by Tim Burton (1992)
  18. Love Field, directed by Jonathan Kaplan (1993)
  19. The Age of Innocence, directed by Martin Scorsese (1993)
  20. Wolf – La belva e fuori (Wolf), directed by Mike Nichols (1994)
  21. Dangerous Minds, by John N. Smith (1995)
  22. Up Close & Personal, directed by Jon Avnet (1996)
  23. To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, by Michael Pressman (1996)
  24. One Fine Day (One Fine Day), directed by Michael Hoffman (1996)
  25. Secrets (A Thousand Acres), by Jocelyn Moorhouse (1997)
  26. In fondo al cuore (The Deep End of the Ocean), directed by Ulu Grosbard (1999)
  27. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Michael Hoffman (1999)
  28. Storia di noi due (The Story of Us), directed by Rob Reiner (1999)
  29. What Lies Beneath, directed by Robert Zemeckis (2000)
  30. My Name Is Sam (I Am Sam), directed by Jessie Nelson (2001)
  31. White Oleander, regia di Peter Kosminsky (2002)
  32. 2 Young 4 Me – A Boyfriend for Mom (I Could Never Be Your Woman), directed by Amy Heckerling (2007)
  33. Hairspray – Fat and Beautiful (Hairspray), directed by Adam Shankman (2007)
  34. Stardust, regia di Matthew Vaughn (2007)
  35. Cheri, by Stephen Frears (2009)
  36. Personal Effects, royal by David Hollander (2009)
  37. New Year’s Eve, directed by Garry Marshall (2011)
  38. Dark Shadows, by Tim Burton (2012)
  39. People Like Us, by Alex Kurtzman (2012)
  40. Things our – Malavita (The Family), directed by Luc Besson (2013)
  41. Where Is Kyra?, regia di Andrew Dosunmu (2017)
  42. Mother !, by Darren Aronofsky (2017)
  43. Assassinio sull’Orient Express (Murder on the Orient Express), regia di Kenneth Branagh (2017)
  44. Ant-Man and the Wasp, regia di Peyton Reed (2018)
  45. Avengers: Endgame, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (2019) – cameo
  46. Maleficent – Mistress of Evil (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), directed by Joachim Ronning (2019)
  47. Fuga a Parigi (French Exit), regia di Azazel Jacobs (2020)
  48. Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, regia di Peyton Reed (2022)