Michelle Pfeiffer is most known for her roles in movies like Scarface, What Lies Beneath, Batman Returns, and White Oleander. She has come a long way in Hollywood as an actress, singer, and producer in the industry. At 59, she’s one of the most respected actresses in the industry; she’s not one to ever be involved in scandals, drugs, or any type of out-of-control behavior.
She thought her career was over in 1982 when she played the role of Sandy in Grease 2. The cult classic Grease was such a hit, everyone thought that making a sequel made sense. Sometimes, sequels don’t work out and Grease 2 ended up being a complete flop. Prior to the release of Grease 2, Pfeiffer had an audition for a role in Scarface and producers almost canceled it because they were no longer sure she was the right woman for the job. She convinced them to let her try and of course, she made history in the role. She's been making great movies ever since. She has acted alongside major players such as George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, and Al Pacino. She has aged gracefully over the years and despite the hiatus she took from Hollywood to raise her children, she has returned with a passion for acting. If you've forgotten how awesome Pfeiffer is — as if that's even possible — here are 15 photos to remind you!
15 Secret To Success
There is just something about that quirky smile and all that messy blonde hair we just can’t seem to get enough of. Michelle Pfeiffer has always had an unusual beauty, but that’s just what makes her so amazing. We’re not surprised to hear that she used to win beauty pageants as a teenager — she is quite striking. She has certainly come a long way from pageants; her acting career is epic despite her hiatus. “I don't know if it's naïveté or just narcissism, but I start out with this notion that I can do anything. It's not until I get into it that I realize what I've thrown myself into, and then I will do anything not to humiliate myself. And that, I think, is the secret to my success.”
14 Lucky Break
It’s pretty obvious why Michelle Pfeiffer rose to fame. She’s easily one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Although her features are quite unique, she's also a typical American beauty. This is a photo from quite early on in her career and she’s cute as a button. Annette Bening was originally cast for the role of Catwoman, but then she got pregnant, so Pfeiffer was considered for the role. We think she’s been the best Catwoman so far. She trained in martial arts and kickboxing for the role. You might be shocked to find that this ageless beauty used to be a smoker. “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.”
13 Iconic Role
When it came to playing Catwoman, she had to learn how to use a whip for her scenes and accidentally cut her trainer’s face. We’ve always marvelled at the tight superhero costumes that women have to wear in movies. In the case of Catwoman, her costume was extra tight. The costume cost $1,000 to stitch together by hand, and when she got the costume on, they actually vacuum sealed her inside the suit for her scenes so that it was skin tight. She had to do her scenes quickly, otherwise, the suit would become unbearable to wear. The suit was so tight, in fact, that she couldn’t even hear herself talk and would often shout her lines. She hated the suit and never wanted to see it again after filming.
12 Role Model
Her role of Elvira in Scarface impressed many people and it was one of the reasons why her career took off. While filming the movie, she actually hurt Al Pacino accidentally with a broken piece of glass. Pfeiffer has certainly survived some bumps in the road in her career and she has that innate survivor quality about her. “My grandmother raised five children during the Depression by herself. At 50, she threw her sewing machine into the back of a pickup truck and drove from North Dakota to California. She was a real survivor, so that's my stock. That's how I want my kids to be, too.” That’s certainly an inspiring story.
11 Many Talents
That intense look with those gorgeous blue eyes is one of Pfeiffer’s appealing traits. She looks insanely gorgeous in this photo. For her role in The Fabulous Baker Boys, she actually sang in real life. It isn’t the first role in which she sang, but she made sure to get professional assistance and had voice training for two months prior to the filming. The big scene where she sings “Making Whoopee” on Jeff Bridges piano took a whopping six hours to film. That must have been exhausting for her and her vocal cords. She’s always taken the good with the bad gracefully. “I'm a really happy person, I enjoy life. I think you see that on people. I think there's nothing more aging than misery.”
10 Picky With Her Roles
Her unique features are what made her a favorite among producers and directors in Hollywood. Pfeiffer was actually considered for the role of Clarice in Silence of the Lambs. She turned down the role, however, and it went to Jodie Foster who won an Oscar for it. It would have been interesting to see Pfeiffer in that role and we think she would have done quite well. She may have even been the one to win an Oscar. Pfeiffer said she felt nervous about the subject matter of the film. Not everyone is comfortable with horrors or the creepy nature of a serial killer. Still, we would have loved to have seen her in the role.
9 Embarrassed About Wanting To Act
This sexy siren was the perfect casting choice for Elvira in Scarface! She has the figure of a dancer, and her dresses were very revealing, even for the '80s. She was a badass character that liked to light up a cigarette back when it was still cool to see people smoking in the movies. She was scared to tell people that she wanted to be an actress originally. “Where I came from, the idea of going into show business was just ridiculous. In fact, I didn't tell anybody because I knew people would laugh at me. So, I sort of snuck around and got some pictures and got a resume together and, of course, lied and said I did all kinds of things I didn't do.” We’re so glad that she went for it. Her career in Hollywood speaks for itself.
8 The Painter
This glamourous vixen looks amazing in this sparkly leopard-print dress. Before she was the famous Catwoman, Pfeiffer had regular jobs just like the rest of us. She used to work at Vons supermarket while attending Golden West College, and she was even part of a sorority. She also went to train as a court stenographer but decided to forgo that career to act. Did you know she also painted? “I've been painting off and on since I was in sixth grade. I don't paint when I'm acting — I'm not really able to split my focus that way. I do it intensely when I'm doing it, but I'm reluctant to take myself too seriously as a painter because that would mean there would be pressure to be better than I am.”
You might be surprised to find out that she was once involved with a vegetarian cult and had a huge influence on her life, but not so much in a positive way. They were apparently helping her quit smoking and drinking and wanted to keep her from doing drugs. She became so involved with the cult, she felt like she couldn't live without them. “I was brainwashed and I gave them an enormous amount of money.”
6 History With Men
This beauty has been married twice and her first marriage ended because she was too devoted to her work. Her second marriage was to TV writer, David E Kelley, who wrote Ally McBeal. “I probably would like to do more than I do, because I love working, but I can't work more than I work because I have to do some face time with the family, and the work that I do is just all-encompassing.” Too much work time can be troublesome to a marriage, but it looks as if she has worked it all out.
5 Aging Gracefully
Pfeiffer always looks good in our opinion, but as she has gotten older, she has never felt the need to dress like one of the young girls. She knows her limits and to be honest, who wants that kind of pressure as you get older? “I feel less pressure to dress youthfully. I'm in my 50s and everyone knows I'm in my 50s — who are you kidding? Jeans are my uniform. I have about 15 pairs.”
4 Not So Innocent
Although Pfeiffer hasn't been part of a scandal in ages, that's not to say she was never the focal point of a scandalous story. This wild woman was once involved in having an affair with John Malkovich. He was her co-star in Dangerous Liaisons when they started their affair. At the time John was married to Glenne Headly, so it really caused quite the scandal. “I was kind of surprised to learn how controlling I am. I never thought of myself in that way. I think the root of the control issues is usually fear, because you want to know what's going to be happening at any given moment.”
3 Taking Matters Into Her Own Hands
Many people don't know that Pfeiffer actually adopted her first child on her own before she met her current husband. Her daughter was actually christened on their wedding day. Now, how sweet is that? “The whole celebrity thing never is normal and I think the fuller your life is, the more you are able to just kind of call a truce with it on a good day.”
2 Giving Back
As a famous celeb, Pfeiffer has done her part in giving back. Since her niece suffered from leukaemia, Pfeiffer became a supporter of the American Cancer Society. She loves charity and also became involved in the Humane Society. She knows what it means to be a hard worker no matter what, though. “Acting's an odd profession for a young person; it's so extreme. You work, and the conditions are tough and the process is so immersive, and then it stops, and then there's nothing. So, you have to find ways of making you feel productive when you're not actually producing anything. For a young person, that's really challenging.”
1 Life Of The Famous
Pfeiffer has a love-hate relationship with fame and understands there are pros and cons in being part of the industry. “First of all, plain and simple, you have no real idea of what it means to be famous until you become famous. It's a double-edged sword. Obviously, there are a lot of amazing things about fame, but there are also a lot of challenging things about it.” We love how honest she is about every aspect of her life. We can't wait to see her in Ant-Man and the Wasp.