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Ringside Report Puts The Spotlight On Actress Michelle Pfeiffer


By Geoffrey Huchel

With more than 60 film and TV credits and 3 Oscar nominations, Michelle Pfeiffer has been captivating audiences for over 30 years. Who can forget her crawling across a piano in that red dress as lounge singer Susie Diamond in “The Fabulous Baker Boys”? The same can be said for how she cracked that whip with such panache as Catwoman in “Batman Returns”, and the way she handled Al Pacino’s Tony Montana as Elvira Hancock in 1983’s “Scarface”. These are just a few of the many roles that have catapulted Michelle Pfeiffer into superstardom. After starting out as a beauty queen with a dream, she landed a few TV roles in the late 70s and early 80s and went on to win roles in the feature films “The Hollywood Knights”, “Sweet Liberty” and “Ladyhawke”.

In 1982, she landed her first starring role as Stephanie Zinone in the musical sequel “Grease 2”. The movie was a commercial failure but it was Pfeiffer’s performance that shined through and was evident that Pfeiffer was destined for fame. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s Pfeiffer starred in some of her most memorable films which made her become a household name, such as “Married To The Mob”, “The Witches of Eastwick” and “Dangerous Liasons”, where she earned an Oscar nomination.

She re-teamed with Pacino in 1991 in “Frankie and Johnny”. It was in 1992 that Pfeiffer delivered one of her most well known roles-Catowman in Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”. Her dual role as the mousy Selina Kyle and the slinky Catwoman earned her rave reviews and many fans have ranked hers as one of the best portrayals of the comic book character. In 1996 Pfeiffer teamed up with George Clooney, as Melanie Parker in the charming “One Fine Day”.

In 2000, she starred in the thriller “What Lies Beneath” as Claire Spencer, opposite Harrison Ford. This was a rare role for Pfeiffer who hadn’t previously taken on the horror genre. Her brilliant performance as Ingrid, a murderous mother in “White Oleander” also garnered rave reviews. In 2007, she returned to the screen as the villainous Velma Von Tussle in the musical “Hairspray” and as the evil witch Lamia in the fantasy “Stardust”.

After a long break, Pfeiffer returned to again work with Tim Burton in 2012’s “Dark Shadows”, based on the hit TV series. In 2017, she turned in 4 wonderful performances in the critically acclaimed “Where is Kyra”, Murder on The Orient Express”, Mother!” and HBO’s “The Wizard of Lies”. In 2018, Pfeiffer returned to the comic book world as Janet Van Dyne in “Ant-Man and The Wasp”. Pfeiffer has proven through her long career that she has brought more than just beauty to her roles. She has the talent to tackle any role and play it to perfection. With more exciting projects in the works there’s no doubt Michelle Pfeiffer will continue to dazzle audiences for years to come, and that’s just fine.

Essential Pfeiffer:

“The Fabulous Baker Boys” (1989)
“Batman Returns” (1992)
“The Age of Innocence” (1993)
“Stardust” (2007)
“Where is Kyra” (2017)

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