Date of Birth
29 April 1958

Place of Birth
Santa Ana, California, USA

Birth Name
Michelle Marie Pfeiffer

5′ 7½” (1.71 m)

Star Sign

Trade Mark
Deep smooth voice

David E. Kelley (13 November 1993 – present)



Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, the second of four children of Richard Pfeiffer, an air-conditioning contractor, and Donna (née Taverna), a housewife. She has one elder brother, Rick (born 1955), and two younger sisters, Dedee Pfeiffer (born 1964), a television and film actress, and Lori Pfeiffer (born 1965). Her parents were both originally from North Dakota. Her paternal grandfather was of German ancestry and her paternal grandmother was of English, Welsh, French, Irish, and Dutch descent, while her maternal grandfather was of Swiss-German descent and her maternal grandmother of Swedish ancestry. The family moved to Midway City, where Pfeiffer spent her childhood.
She attended Fountain Valley High School, graduating in 1976. She worked as a check-out girl at Vons supermarket, and attended Golden West College where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. After a short stint training to be a court stenographer, she decided upon an acting career. She won the Miss Orange County beauty pageant in 1978, and participated in Miss California contest the same year, finishing in 6th position. Following her participation in these pageants, she acquired an acting agent and began to audition for television and films.

Personal Quotes

– Ultimately, I believe the only secret to a happy marriage is choosing the right person. Life is a series of choices, right?
– You know, the more you can meet people from different walks of life, the better it is for you. I think the more you can create situations and experiences that give you new perspective, the better.
– For me, getting comfortable with being famous was hard – that whole side of it, the loss of anonymity, the loss of privacy. Giving up that part of your life and not having control of it.
– Everybody is vulnerable to being in relationships where they get fooled. I’m no different. It’s just human nature.
– Somewhere along the line I made the switch and was able to look at the bright side rather than the dark side all the time. Now I look at everything I have and think how lucky I am.
– Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, hold our breath and hope we’ve set aside enough money for our kid’s therapy.
– Well, I’m very stubborn. I think I have common sense; I’m probably at times a bit tunnel-visioned, but I’m strong.
– 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.
– People make a lot of jokes about the empty nest. Let me tell you, it is no laughing matter. It is really hard.
– 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.
– I feel less pressure to dress youthfully. I’m 50 and everyone knows I’m 50 – who are you kidding? Jeans are my uniform. I have about 15 pairs.
– When I was very young I never thought I was attractive, because I was a tomboy and I was always the biggest girl in the class.
– 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.
– I like understanding what’s underneath, what’s really motivating people. When I was younger, I wanted to be a psychiatrist, so I think it has to do with that.
– It takes years for me to trust; I know that about myself. A lot of it is because I am so private, and so reluctant to make myself vulnerable.
– The value of a good education has never left me.


– Ranked #39 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]
– 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.
– 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), due to the former actress’ pregnancy.
– 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.
– Accidentally cut Al Pacino with broken glass while auditioning for Scarface (1983).
– 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.
– Actor Val Kilmer wrote poetry for her.
– 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).
– 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.
– 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).
– 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 best friends with Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, and close friends with Denzel Washington, Nicole Kidman, Jack Nicholson, Jodie Foster, George Clooney, Glenn Close, Gina Gershon, Martin Scorsese, Cher, Melanie Griffith, Vonda Shepard, James Spader, Jeff Goldblum, Matthew Broderick, Giorgio Armani, Ellen Barkin, Ed Begley Jr., Stockard Channing, Jeff Bridges, and Susan Sarandon.
– Was considered for the lead role in Mamma Mia! (2008) that eventually went to Meryl Streep.
– Turned down the role of Ginger McKenna in Casinò (1995), because she had already played a similar role in Scarface (1983).
– Was considered for the role in Bugsy (1991) that eventually went to Annette Bening.
– Turned down the role of the Angel of death in A Prairie Home Companion (2006). The role went to Virginia Madsen.
– Pfeiffer had a film production company from 1990-2000 called, “Via Rosa Productions”, where she had a number of film projects in development. They included such high profile projects as a biopic on singer ‘Marianne Faithfull’, artist ‘Georgia O’Keeffe’, as well as a sci-fi/alien abduction drama, a story on 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.
– Has been vegan since June 2012.
– Michelle is a fan of Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Judi Dench.
– Shortly after coming to Hollywood, Pfeiffer was introduced to “Breatharianism”, a cult which follows the belief that a person can live without food and water, receiving sustenance only from air and sunlight. She didn’t realize anything was wrong until she met her first husband, Peter Horton, who was working on a documentary about Reverend Moon Sung Moon’s Unification Church. She realized that the psychological manipulation described by former Moon-members was similar to her experience with “Breatharianism”.

Info taken from Wikipedia, IMDB and Brainy Quote