Michelle Pfeiffer is one great actress. In fact, she has been named as one of the most talented actresses of her generation. She has severally proven her versatility over the years by constantly taking on demanding roles. She particularly portrays with great believability for both modest and fierce characters. Her heydays stretched from the 80s into the 90s, however, Pfeiffer has managed to remain relevant even in the 21st-century, occasionally booking roles in blockbusters. She is a living legend.
Michelle Marie Pfeiffer was born on the 29th day of April 1958 in Santa Ana, California to Richard Pfeiffer and his wife Donna (née Taverna). Her father was a heating and air-conditioning contractor while her mother was a housewife. Pfeiffer was raised by her parents in Midway City. Her siblings include older brother Rick, and two younger sisters Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer. Dedee is equally an actress but in 2010, she put her acting career on hold to pursue a career as a forensic psychologist.
Michelle Pfeiffer, in 1976, graduated from Fountain Valley High School and proceeded to Golden West College. She was training to become a court stenographer when she decided upon an acting career. After winning the Miss Orange County beauty pageant in 1978, Pfeiffer got herself an agent and began auditioning for film roles.
She got her debut in a 1978 episode of the TV series, Fantasy Island. Her first film role was in The Hollywood Knights (1980). Pfeiffer was propelled to widespread recognition, thanks to her role in Grease 2 for which she earned a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress. She also received acclaim for Scarface (1983).
Michelle Pfeiffer stepped up to a greater level of stardom with her role in The Witches of Eastwick (1987). The 80s ended on a high for the actress with two high profile films; Dangerous Liaisons and The Fabulous Baker Boys both of which earned her Oscar nods. Pfeiffer earned another Oscar nod for Love Field. She sailed throughout the 90s with the films Batman Returns (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), and Dangerous Minds (1995).
The new millennium was also rosy for Pfeiffer with films What Lies Beneath, White Oleander, Hairspray, and Stardust. Pfeiffer took a self-imposed break from acting in 2013 but returned in 2017 to prove she still had the magic with impeccable performance in the HBO TV film, The Wizard of Lies about fraudster Ruth Madoff.
Michelle Pfeiffer is showing no signs of slowing as she continues to book parts in big films – Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), the list goes on!
Michelle Pfeiffer’s Net Worth
The business of acting has made Michelle Pfeiffer a multi-millionaire. As her career progressed so did her earnings. She earned 7 figures for most of her films in the early 90s. The Deep End of the Ocean released in 1999 brought her at least $12 million. The following year, she got $10.5 million from What Lies Beneath. Her net worth is said to be in the tune of $80 million.
Her Family – Husband and Children
Michelle Pfeiffer’s husband is David E. Kelley the TV writer and producer. The couple was married on the 13th of November 1993. Though it was the first time Kelley was exchanging marital vows, it was Pfeiffer’s second time walking down the aisle – she was married to fellow actor, Peter Horton for almost 10 years from 1981 to 1990.
Pfeiffer, in January 1993, was set up with her husband through a blind date by their mutual friend Kate Guinzburg. Pfeiffer and Kelley liked each other from the first time they met and didn’t hesitate to arrange another date which was at the movies where they went to watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Their relationship waxed stronger and before the end of 1993, they tied the knot.
Pfeiffer has worked with her husband on a couple of projects. She appeared in an episode of Kelley-produced TV show, Picket Fences and also the film To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday to which he contributed as a screenwriter.
Michelle Pfeiffer’s husband is a native of Waterville, Maine. Before dabbling into Hollywood, he practiced law in a legal firm in Boston with a focus on real estate and minor criminal cases. He’d earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Boston University School of Law. Kelley had always been a skilled writer and in his college years, he wrote for a sketch comedy group called Legal Follies. BY 1986, Kelley began writing scripts full-time. His first screenplay was adapted in the feature film, From the Hip.
Michelle Pfeiffer’s husband has written and created TV shows that aired on the biggest 4 commercial US TV networks – ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. Some of those shows include; Chicago Hope, The Practice, Boston Public, Boston Legal, and Harry’s Law.
Pfeiffer and Kelley share two children together. Their first child, a daughter, Claudia Rose was adopted in March 1993. Pfeiffer already had plans in motion for the adoption before she met Kelley. As a couple, they went through with it and on their wedding day, the newborn was christened. The following year in August, they welcomed their biological child, a son named John Henry.
Michelle Pfeiffer stands at a height of 5 feet 7.5 inches tall, which is about 1.71 m. She weighs an estimated 54 kg and her body measurement are 33-24-35 (inches).