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Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is a three-time Oscar-nominated and an internationally known American actress. In a career spanning more than 25 years, Pfeiffer has appeared in films such as Scarface, The Fabulous Baker Boys and Batman Returns.
Pfeiffer's first major screen role was in 1982 in the film sequel, Grease 2. But it was not until 1983 when Pfeiffer co-starred with Al Pacino in Brian De Palma's gangster classic Scarface that she caught the attention of Hollywood. Over the course of the 1980s and 1990s, Pfeiffer starred in a string of box-office and critical hits including Ladyhawke, The Witches of Eastwick, Married to the Mob, Tequila Sunrise, The Russia House, Frankie and Johnny, Batman Returns, The Age of Innocence, Dangerous Minds, and One Fine Day. She won the British Academy Award for 1988's Dangerous Liaisons and the Silver Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1993 for Love Field. Each roles won Pfeiffer Academy Award nominations, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress respectively.
However, it was Pfeiffer's performance as Susie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker Boys that continues to be the highlight of Pfeiffer's career. Her performance gained honours from the Hollywood Foreign Press, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics and Board of Review as well as another Oscar nomination. Critics compared Pfeiffer's performance, known for its scorching rendition of "Makin' Whoopee", sung while atop a piano, to those of Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, and a young Katharine Hepburn. Film critic Pauline Kael raved that Pfeiffer's performance had "the grinning infectiousness of Carole Lombard and the radiance of the very young Lauren Bacall."
In 1995, Pfeiffer was given the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year award by Harvard University for her contribution to the performing arts. The award, bestowed annually by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals society, is given to female performers deemed to have made a "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment." The award placed Pfeiffer among the ranks of Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Meryl Streep.
Despite working significantly less frequently in recent years, Pfeiffer has continued to maintain her status as one of the film world's reigning screen goddesses. In 2000, Pfeiffer starred with Harrison Ford in one of the biggest box office hits of the year, Robert Zemeckis's thriller What Lies Beneath. In 2001, she starred opposite Sean Penn in I Am Sam and in 2002 alongside Renée Zellweger and Robin Wright Penn in White Oleander, which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress.
Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in Batman Returns, 1992After a long absence from the spotlight, Pfeiffer returned to acting in 2006. Her first round of projects teamed her with director Amy Heckerling in the romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman (opposite Paul Rudd, scheduled for release Summer 2007) as well as opposite Robert De Niro, Claire Danes, and Sienna Miller in the fantasy epic Stardust, due for a 2007 release. Pfeiffer will co-star in the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Hairspray as Velma Von Tussle. She will make a cameo appearance in The Prince and the Pauper, a film in which her sister Dedee stars. She is slated to receive her star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" in 2007.
In an August 2006 In Style interview (her first in many years), Pfeiffer discussed her return to making movies. With her children a little older, Michelle contends, "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." Pfeiffer also discussed plastic surgery, Hollywood's obsession with it, and now in her 40s, her own thoughts on going under the knife. "You see some freakish things. .. I'm hoping I'm courageous enough to age gracefully." Michelle has worked hard at been recognised as a serious actress and has referred to her beauty as a 'curse' as it has often stunted her ability to get serious roles and it has eclipsed her acting ability.
Upon her return to acting, Michelle was quoted saying, "I moved and sort of was really just liking being with the kids and the family for awhile," she said of her absence. "Now that I'm working again, I realize I really like this stuff."