Michelle Pfeiffer, considered one of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood, has been nominated for an Oscar three times. One of her last roles on the big screen was in “Maleficent 2”, where she got into the skin of Queen Ingrith.
With that talent and beauty complete this April 29 at its 64 times around the sun. Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, and in her long and successful career, she has had the opportunity to play roles that remain popular years after hers.
The actress has an enviable list of characters. To celebrate another year of her life, we will take a look at some of her best performances on the big screen.
Entitled in Spanish “Scarface”, the film focuses on Tony Montana (Al Pacino), “a cold and ruthless Cuban émigré who settles in Miami with the purpose of becoming a major gangster, and thus be able to gain money and position. With the collaboration of his friend Manny Rivera, he begins a brilliant criminal career, as a cocaine trafficker, with the aim of accessing the leadership of a drug organization », indicates the synopsis highlighted by FilmAffinity.
Here, Pfeiffer as Elvira Hancock, a trophy wife who is finally drawn into the world of Tony Montana. To play this role, the actress had to lose a few kilos.
“I don’t know, but I was playing a cokehead, so that was part of the physicality of the role, something to keep in mind. The movie was supposed to be, what, a three, four month shoot. Of course, I tried to square it so that, as the film progressed, I would get thinner and thinner and look more gaunt », he detailed on the subject a while ago.
“Scarface” was directed by Brian De Palma and is considered one of the best works of the actress.
“Batman Returns”, 1992
In 1992, “Batman Returns”, the second film of the Bat Man, came to theaters, with Michael Keaton in the role of the Dark Knight, Danny DeVito as The Penguin and the honoree playing Catwoman.
As a curious fact, the role of Catwoman was originally from Annette Bening, but the actress could not film because she was expecting her first child with Warren Beatty. The role was definitely for Michelle, who did not hesitate to accept it.
The actress underwent months of exhaustive training to wield the whip, which was reflected in the film. Another curious fact about her was that she had to use powder all over her body to get into the leather suit, which was vacuum packed. The suit underwent some modifications so that Pfeiffer could go to the bathroom without having to completely undress. This role made her one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood at the time and the best Catwoman in cinema to date.
“The Age of Innocence”, 1993
This is another great production that marked the career of the talented actress. New York, 1870. Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), a gentleman from New York high society, is engaged to May Welland (Winona Ryder), a young woman from the same social class as him. But his feelings change when he meets May’s unconventional cousin, Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer).
From the beginning, he will defend the difficult position of the countess, whose separation from an authoritarian husband has made her something of an outcast within her own social class.
«Dangerous Liaisons», 1988
“Dangerous Realities” takes place in 18th century France. The plot introduces the wicked and fascinating Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close), who plots revenge on her latest lover with the help of her old friend Viscount Valmont (John Malkovich), a seducer so amoral and depraved. like her.
A virtuous married woman, Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer), with whom Valmont falls in love, becomes involved in the Marchioness’s insidious machinations.
Based on the French novel Choderlos de Laclos, the film was awarded three Oscars. Set in 1760. In addition to Pfeiffer, the cast of this production includes actress Swoosie Kurtz (Madame de Volanges), Keanu Reeves (Cavallero Raphael Danceny), Mildred Natwick (Madame de Rosemonde), Uma Thurman (Cécile de Volanges), Peter Capaldi (Azolan).
“The Fabulous Baker Boys”, 1989
This is the story of two jazz pianist brothers in Seattle, Jack (Jeff Bridges, “Courage”) and Frank (Beau Bridges, “The Descendants”), who are fired one night after their failed performance. The Baker brothers are, then, in the need to hire a young singer, Susie Diamond (Michel Pfeiffer, “Dark Shadows”) to get ahead in her night shows. The appearance of this woman will completely change the existence of one of them.
In 1989 “The Fabulous Baker Boys” had four Oscar nominations: Best Actress (Michelle Pfeiffer), Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Soundtrack.
In 1960s Baltimore, a teenage girl becomes an overnight celebrity after winning a spot on a local dance show called “The Corny Collins Show.”
The teen film is an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning 2002 Broadway musical of the same name. It is also an adaptation of the 1988 film “Hairspray” by John Waters. It stars Michelle as Velma Von Tussle, a brash, racist TV director who wants to keep African-American dancers and main character Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky). out of the air.
Not only does the actress appear in her own musical number, but we also see her attempting to seduce Tracy’s father, Wilbur (Christopher Walken), into one of his schemes. Also on the set were renowned figures such as Zac Efron as Link Larkin, Brittany Snow as Amber Von Tussle, John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, among others.
Murder on the Orient Express, 2017
During a journey on the luxurious Orient-Express train, a murder occurs. When an avalanche stops the train, the prestigious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot boards the vehicle to investigate who the murderer is, but all the passengers seem suspicious.
Here, the actress plays Mrs. Caroline Martha Hubbard, the most seductive of the Orient Express, known as “the widow.”
The drama “Murder on the Orient Express” stars Branagh as Hercule Poirot, alongside well-known and prominent screen figures such as Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr. , Daisy Ridley and of course Michelle Pfeiffer.
Kenneth Branagh directs the remake of the 1974 classic starring Albert Finney Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman.
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Michelle Pfeiffer blows out 64 candles displaying beauty and talent