Pfeiffer made her acting debut in , in one-episode appearance of Fantasy Island. Pfeiffer transitioned to film with the comedy The Hollywood Knights , opposite Tony Danza , appearing as high school sweethearts.
She subsequently played supporting roles in Falling in Love Again with Susannah York and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen , none of which met with much critical or box office success. She appeared in a television commercial for Lux soap ,  and took acting lessons at the Beverly Hills Playhouse ,  before appearing in three television movies — Callie and Son, with Lindsay Wagner , The Children Nobody Wanted and Splendor in the Grass.
Pfeiffer obtained her first major film role as the female lead in Grease 2 , the sequel to the smash-hit musical film Grease Nobody wanted to hire her. She was cast as cocaine-addicted trophy wife Elvira Hancock. Michelle Pfeiffer is better In the parlance of the industry, she is hot. For the role of Angela de Marco, she donned a curly brunette wig and a Brooklyn accent,  and received her first Golden Globe Award nomination as Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy , beginning a six-year streak of consecutive Best Actress nominations at the Golden Globes.
Her performance won her widespread acclaim; Hal Hinson of The Washington Post saw Pfeiffer's role as "the least obvious and the most difficult. Nothing is harder to play than virtue, and Pfeiffer is smart enough not to try.
Instead, she embodies it. Her porcelain-skinned beauty, in this regard, is a great asset, and the way it's used makes it seem an aspect of her spirituality. She underwent intensive voice training for the role for four months, and performed all of her character's vocals. Critic Roger Ebert compared her to Rita Hayworth in Gilda and to Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot , adding that the film was "one of the movies they will use as a document, years from now, when they begin to trace the steps by which Pfeiffer became a great star.
Pfeiffer's performance as Susie is considered to be the most critically acclaimed of her career. The casting was seen as controversial by many, as Pfeiffer was considered far too beautiful to play an "ordinary" waitress;  Kathy Bates , the original Frankie on Broadway, also expressed disappointment over the producers' choice. Pfeiffer at the Academy Awards In , Pfeiffer formed her own boutique film production company, Via Rosa Productions, which ran for 10 years.
She asked her best friend Kate Guinzburg to be her producing partner at the company. The two met on the set of the film Sweet Liberty and quickly became friends. Kate was the Production Coordinator on the film and became close with Pfeiffer over the course of the shoot. The first film the duo produced was the independent drama Love Field , which was released in late Reviewers embraced the film and The New York Times felt that Pfeiffer was "again demonstrating that she is as subtle and surprising as she is beautiful.
For the role of Catwoman, she trained in martial arts and kickboxing. Pfeiffer has received universal critical acclaim for her performance and is consistently referred to as the greatest portrayal of Catwoman of all time by critics and fans. Premiere retrospectively lauded her performance: Her stitched-together, black patent leather costume, based on a sketch of Burton's, remains the character's most iconic look. And Michelle Pfeiffer overcomes Batman Returns' heavy-handed feminist dialogue to deliver a growling, fierce performance.
While she continued to act steadily throughout the decade, she and her producing partner Guinzburg experienced a winning streak of producing back to back films next under their Via Rosa Productions header.
In the horror film Wolf , she starred opposite Jack Nicholson , portraying the sardonic and willful interest of a writer who becomes a wolf-man at night after being bitten by a creature. The film was released to a mixed critical reception;  The New York Times wrote: Pfeiffer's role is underwritten, but her performance is expert enough to make even diffidence compelling.
She appeared as her character in the music video for the soundtrack's lead single, " Gangsta's Paradise " by Coolio , featuring L. Pfeiffer handed her producing partner Guinzburg one final film to produce under the Via Rosa Productions header.
The film was called Original Sin It was originally intended to star Pfeiffer, who later changed her mind as she was looking to work less for a while. The film was produced by her company, but instead starred Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas. In the Hitchcockian thriller What Lies Beneath , Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford starred as a well-to-do couple who experience a strange haunting that uncovers secrets about their past.
It's hard not to cringe, watching this emotionally ready actress fling herself headlong into false material. Pfeiffer, giving the most complex screen performance of her career, makes her Olympian seductress at once irresistible and diabolical. Pfeiffer lent her voice for the character of goddess of chaos Eris in Sinbad: She had struggles with finding the character's villainies. Initially the character was "too sexual," then she lacked fun. After the third rewrite, Pfeiffer called producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and told him "You know, you really can fire me," but he assured her that this was just part of the process.
In the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Hairspray, she starred with John Travolta , Christopher Walken , Zac Efron and Queen Latifah ,  in the role of Velma Von Tussle, the racist and sizeist manager of a television station. Travolta requested that Pfeiffer play the part of the villainess, which was her first film role in five years. However, the film was only distributed on home video markets. The drama premiered at Iowa City 's Englert Theatre. It's the kind of refined, delicate acting Pfeiffer does so well, and it's a further reminder of how much we've missed her since she's been away.
Rolling Stone found her to be "luminous" in the film,  and The New York Times, positively pointing out Pfeiffer and Banks, noted that their performances "partly compensate for the holes in a story whose timing is hard to swallow. Critical response towards the film was mixed, but writers acclaimed the actors' performances—most notably Depp and Pfeiffer's. IGN found her to be "commanding" in her role and felt that the main characters were "played by one of Burton's best ensemble casts yet.
I remember thinking, 'Do I really want to step back into this? I have a lot more to do, and a lot more to say. The film, directed by Barry Levinson , reunites her with actor Robert De Niro, who played her husband, disgraced financier Bernard Madoff.
The mystery — drama ensemble film follows world-renowned detective Hercule Poirot , who seeks to solve a murder on the famous European train in the s.
The film is expected to hit theaters July 6, We may not be as mannered or as proper as people were in the 19th century, but very rarely are we talking about what we're really thinking.
They get romanced, but are not overtly romantic. They may be trashy Johnson argues that Pfeiffer has never had a true opportunity "to prove her full range", believing that she could be as good as Streep "if given the same opportunities. It's the kind of beauty you find yourself involuntarily taking a moment to marvel at mid-conversation.
She was again featured on the cover of the annual issue in , having made the "Most Beautiful" list a record six times during the decade , , , , , Pfeiffer is the first celebrity to have appeared on the cover of the annual issue twice, and the only person to be featured on the cover twice during the s.
He said, "She comes back to her apartment after being thrown out the window by Christopher Walken and she goes mental. Her apartment's all pink and beautiful, and kind of creepy and infantile, then she just smashes it all up and spray paints stuff and transforms into Catwoman. It's this really kind of sexual scene; it's amazing. I also liked her in Scarface and Tequila Sunrise. She was such a babe. This means they have taken "Five for" which has become a "Pfeiffer" and hence a "Michelle.
Kelley , at the 47th Emmy Awards in While taking acting classes in Los Angeles, Pfeiffer was taken in by a seemingly friendly couple who ran a metaphysics and vegetarian cult. While they helped Pfeiffer to stop drinking, smoking, or doing drugs, the couple took control of her entire life. Much of her money went to the group. I gave them an enormous amount of money. Pfeiffer and Horton married in Santa Monica in , and it was on their honeymoon that she discovered she had won the lead role in Grease 2.