PFILMOGRAPHY
Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys.

PFILMOGRAPHY

Year
Movie
Role
2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Janet van Dyne
2018
Where is Kyra?
Kyra Johnson
2017
Murder on the Orient Express
Caroline Hubbard
2017
Mother!
Woman
2017
The Wizard of Lies
Ruth Madoff
2013
The Family
Maggie Blake
2012
People Like Us
Lillian
2012
Dark Shadows
Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
2011
New Year’s Eve
Ingrid
2009
Cheri
Lea De Lonval
2009
Personal Effects
Linda
2007
I Could Never be Your Woman
Rosie
2007
Stardust
Lamia
2007
Hairspray
Velma Von Tussle
2003
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
Eris
2002
White Oleander
Ingrid Magnussen
2001
I Am Sam
Rita
2000
What Lies Beneath
Claire Spencer
1999
The Story Of Us
Katie Jordan
1999
Being John Malkovich
Herself
1999
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Titania
1999
The Deep End Of The Ocean
Beth Cappadora
1998
The Prince Of Egypt(voice)
Tzipporah
1997
A Thousand Arces
Rose Cook Lewis
1996
One Fine Day
Melanie Parker
1996
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
Gillian Lewis
1996
Up Close & Personal
Tally Atwater
1995
Dangerous Minds
Louanne Johnson
1994
Wolf
Laura Alden
1993
The Age Of Innocence
Ellen Olenska
1992
Love Field
Lurene Hallett
1992
Batman Returns
Selina Kyle/Catwoman
1991
Frankie & Johnny
Frankie
1990
The Russia House
Katya Orlova
1989
The Fabulous Baker Boys
Susie Diamond
1988
Dangerous Liaisons
Madame De Tourvel
1988
Tequila Sunrise
Jo Ann Vallenari
1988
Married To The Mob
Angela de Marco
1987
Amazon Woman On The Moon
Brenda
1987
Natica Jackson(TV)
Natica Jackson
1987
Power, Passion And Murder(TV)
Natica Jackson
1987
The Witches Of Eastwick
Sukie Ridgemont
1986
Sweet Liberty
Faith Healy
1985
Into The Night
Diana
1985
Ladyhawke
Isabeau
1983
One Too Many(TV)
Annie
1983
Scarface
Elvira
1982
Grease 2
Stephanie Zinone
1981
The Children Nobody Wanted(TV)
Jennifer
1981
Splendor In The Grass(TV)
Ginny Stamper
1981
Callie & Son(TV)
Sue Ann Bordeaux
1981
Charlie Chan And The Curse Of The Dragon Queen
Cordelia Farenington
1980
Falling In Love Again
Sue Wellington
1980
The Hollywood Knights
Suzie Q
1980
“B.A.D. Cats”(TV series)
Samantha
1979
The Solitary Man(TV)
Tricia
1979
“Delta House”(TV series)
Bombshell

25 Comments

  • Marie
    April 21, 2011
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    I’m such a big fan, than I have 26 movies of Michelle.

  • Marie
    April 25, 2011
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    Waw!! I buy to day Scarface, now I have 27 movies. ^^
    My favorite movie of Michelle is Batman Return.

  • Rebeca
    April 26, 2011
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    27 movies? Wow.
    I love Frankie and Johnny 😉

  • Marie
    May 4, 2011
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    I love Frankie and Johnny to!

  • Herlina
    January 29, 2012
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    Hi…
    I really curious … and want to watch Deep End of the Ocean. Coz it’s hard to find that movie in my place. Could you borrow it for me…? 😀

    • January 30, 2012
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      I’ve got a copy of the DVD if you want it:)

      • Herlina
        January 31, 2012
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        oow.. I’d love to.. :’)
        So, how can I get it?

          • Herlina
            February 3, 2012

            well I like getting it free… 😀

  • Alan
    July 18, 2012
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    Last night I saw a streaming video of “Power, Passion and Murder” (1987) a made for public TV movie. Michelle’s character of a 30’s rising movie star, Natica Jackson, is compelling. She shines through in a movie that has not been well preserved and is not easily watched. Furthermore the movie contains an unrelated second story line of the downfall of a movie mogul and his hangers-on played by Darren McGavin. In spite of all of this, the movie reveals Michelle’s rightful place among the great and classic beauties of Hollywood. It is also an example, early in her career, of her remarkable emotional range. This may be the earliest movie that shows her gorgeous eyes as her most powerful acting instrument.

    • July 19, 2012
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      I haven’t seen “Power, Passion and Murder” yet Alan. But taking into consideration Pfeiffer’s other performances in the mid to late 1980s I’d say she was as good as any woman in the acting profession when playing the roles of Madame De Tourvel in “Dangerous Liaisons” and Angela De Marco in “Married To The Mob”.
      Looking at her filmography, the fact that Michelle often opted to play characters who were tinged with humility and sadness, in films like “Frankie And Johnny” and “The Deep End Of The Ocean”, meant that a lot of her films didn’t find an audience, and I’ve never understood why the cinema-going public were unable to appreciate that behind that beautiful facade dwelt an actress capable of delivering great emotion, subtlety and depth.
      Of her contemporaries there was only Meg Ryan who could ever match Michelle’s ability to convey a gamut of emotions without saying a word!

  • JediJones
    August 26, 2012
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    I wonder if Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the biggest stars who really ever only succeeded with supporting roles or as parts of ensembles.
    I do think the big weakness in her star power resume is having no demonstrated ability to open a picture as the sole star. One could argue that Dangerous Minds which she starred in was no small success, but it still was an ensemble cast in its own way. She never really had that one breakout starring role like Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock where both critics, audiences and the awards circuit loved her all at the same time. Pfeiffer’s resume still looks less like a movie star’s resume and more like a “serious actress’s” resume. What I think she lacks is magnetism on a personality level. She’s got the looks and she’s got the talent, but she doesn’t have the infectious likability of a Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, etc. She is somehow colder and less emotionally accessible. One could say the same about Charlize Theron, which I think is why both her and Pfeiffer have had success at playing villains, something that those warm, cuddly, likable actresses would never be able to pull off.
    http://lebeauleblog.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/what-the-hell-happened-to-michelle-pfeiffer/

  • Alan
    August 29, 2012
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    I find JediJones’s comments interesting. Trying to sort out Michelle Pfeiffer’s personality is fascinating and I find the last post to be interesting. I am going to address some of the issues that were raised in the post from my point of view. Michelle Pfeiffer has said that she has never been comfortable with her fame. In interviews she stresses family values ,she suspended acting for four years to give concentrated parental time to her children, and, from all appearances she has a good marriage that has sustained for almost 20 years. From the stories of her youth that she recounts she had a fine upbringing and is close to her mother, siblings and she misses her deceased father. She now appreciates the work ethic that her father gave her, and although she bridled under the structure she now appreciates the need for discipline and structure and mentions that she has incorporated it into her own parenting techniques .
    The things that I have mentioned don’t promote celebrity. She eludes the paparazzi. She works hard to promote movies and runs through the talk show circuit; but she disappears between movies. She and her family moved north to get away from LA, and LA is, of course, the locus of star promotion. She shields her children from those seeking to invade their privacy. During her A-list years she predicted that she would not last on the A-list. She is extremely smart and endlessly talented. Watch Barbara Walter’s early career interview of Michelle on YouTube to get a sense of her smarts, classic beauty and her unease with her celebrity. Her agents have complained to her that she is not sufficiently self-promoting. She doesn’t pander to anyone.
    Nonetheless, she has been true to herself. She rejected many roles that have boosted the careers of other actresses. Had she starred in some of them I would be telling a different story. Sharon Stone showed it all in “Basic Instinct.” Pfeiffer refused the part and cited the inequities of Hollywood in the use of nudity in females versus males. Her movie choices have reflected her interests not commercial value. Anthony Lane, the “New Yorker” critic, complained that she appeared in the extremely dark “White Oleander.” He wondered what happened to the star of “Married to the Mob.”
    Directors respect her. Burton has heaped praise on her complex portrayal of Catwoman. Scorsese’s praise of Pfeiffer’s emotional range in an interview promoting “The Age of Innocence” focuses on the range of emotions that she conveys in her gorgeous eyes. I fell in love with her while watching “The Fabulous Baker Boys.” One critic mentioned that most guys would have that reaction. She showed what a great actress she was becoming and her emotions jumped from the screen. She absolutely nailed the part. Not a box office hit but a Rotten Tomato 96%. She is anything but cold and detached on the screen unless the part demands it. Her public persona is more guarded than unemotional.
    She says that she doesn’t regret her choices. I believe her. She has learned to direct her own career and her own life. . She doesn’t pander to the tabloids. She lives a good admirable life. No overdoses, no wild flings, no salacious actions. Sadly these are the kind of actions that have promoted the careers of many actresses. She just gives her all when she stars in a movie. I am sure that she would love to have a well written part that she could sink her teeth into. I would love to see that movie. She recently made the statement that she has not yet delivered her best performance. I would love to see it when she does.
    I hope that her current project,” Malavita,” gives her that chance

    • JediJones
      September 2, 2012
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      Alan thanks for the reply. I enjoyed your passionate defence of Michelle, and I also went and read the article from US magazine which contains some interesting insights.
      Mark Morrison’s opening gambit: “At the moment, Pfeiffer is arguably the most versatile actress on the Hollywood A-list. Savvier than Julia Roberts, sexier than Jodie Foster, tougher than Meg Ryan.” Is eminently debatable, even now almost twenty years after the event!
      There’s no doubt Pfeiffer was sexier than Jodie Foster, but then Jodie always took herself far too seriously, that’s why she was never very good in comedy. Michelle’s sexiness would have added a different dynamic to The Silence of the Lambs, and I would dearly love to have seen Pfeiffer portray Clarice.
      I think Sommersby was another Foster film that was made for Michelle but the fact that Jodie concentrated mainly on directing post 1993 makes a detailed career comparison problematical.
      Time has proven that Michelle wasn’t savvier than Julia Roberts. Julia’s tenure at the top of the A list and her, in my opinion undeserved Academy Award, afford her the status of number one actress of the last twenty years. But I still wouldn’t swap Robert’s career for Michelle’s; Pretty Woman not withstanding.
      As for Meg Ryan, Meg and Michelle appeared in many of the classic, and often underrated films of that period, with most of the characters they played falling squarely into the Femme Fatale or Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope?
      Y’know, the age-old “Selina the Sociopath vs. Sally the sweet, slightly neurotic girl-next door” scenario.
      So if you switched their careers and had Michelle Pfeiffer play all of Meg Ryan’s parts, and vice-versa, who would have done a better job?
      As she admits in the interview Michelle would’ve struggled to come to terms with Meg’s comedy parts such as “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail” , and I couldn’t imagine her playing the young Sally Albright.
      She would have nailed the love interest parts and the fantasy/whimsy such as Prelude to a Kiss and Joe vs The Volcano with consummate ease, but really the only Meg Ryan movies I would’ve like to have seen Pfeiffer in were “Proof of Life” and “City of Angels”.
      But Ryan with Michelle Pfeiffer’s films? None of the serious roles (“The Age Of Innocence,” “White Oleander,” “Dangerous Liaisons”) would have worked, and I can’t imagine her pulling off the role of Susie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker Boys. Meg definitely would have taken Dangerous Minds and the role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman somewhere. Maybe not to the same heights, but somewhere. One Fine Day’s Melanie was a role Ryan could have played in her sleep, but even though Meg matches Michelle everywhere else, I just don’t think it would have worked as well as Michelle with Meg’s career.
      So yeah Pfeiffer probably was the most versatile actress of her generation!

  • anthony j trimboli howard beach, nyc
    September 1, 2012
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    comment: in today’s times, i can not believe how you hear news about michelle pfeiffer and how people like rihanna are competing with michelle pfeiffer for a role in a movie. that is like so interesting. i could never picture michelle pfeiffer and rihanna together. yes, i work currently in an area called Bay Shore, NY and I read once that a 1988 movie with Michelle Pfeiffer was done in Bay Shore, NY in part or something. Married to the Mob, i believe was Bay Shore in the community where i work in part. Besides that, what interesting news out there like Rihanna is now trying to compete with Michelle Pfeiffer for a role in something. Yes, that is so interesting. I could never expect to hear that Rihanna and Michelle Pfeiffer competing for a role. It is on Yahoo. Interesting.

  • JediJones
    September 21, 2012
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    With the benefit of hindsight, I wasn’t being fair to Michelle.
    For all the appeal of the triumvirate of Julia, Meg and Jodie; if you’re talking about range it’s Pfeiffer in a walk, mainly because she could throw anything at you. Deadpan Pfeifer, Mobster Moll Pfeiffer, Quiet waitress Pfeiffer, Intense Pfeiffer, Crazy Catwoman Pfeiffer, Killer Pfeiffer, Sexy Pfeiffer and so on.
    There was never really Funny Pfeiffer.
    The closest she came was when Norah Ephron auditioned both Pfeiffer and Ryan for the part of Annie Reed when she was casting “Sleepless in Seattle”. Pfeiffer initially won out, but then got cold feet.
    Having said all that, if I was trapped on a desert island, and had the chance to import all of Pfeiffer’s movies or all of Meg Ryan’s movies, I reckon I’d still choose Meg.
    As much as I’d find it difficult to live without “Batman Returns” and “The Fabulous Baker Boys”, I’d find it impossible to live without that Meg Ryan smile!

  • Alan
    September 23, 2012
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    The recent posts from JediJones are adding opportunities for debate which add a fun element to the Pfansite. Comparing Meg Ryan and others to Pfeiffer is a fascinating exercise. As Jedi points out, among Pfeiffer’s contemporaries Ryan and Julia Roberts have seemingly proven to be more endearing to audiences than is Pfeiffer. I maintain that endearment is a key contributor to economic success. One indication of the endearment factor is the box office economic value of each. A February 2009 article in Forbes Magazine entitled “Star Currency” compares the economic value of actors(box office, etc.) during the course of their careers. Pfeiffer falls in the middle (Roberts is first, of course) and Ryan is last. Nonetheless, I regard Ryan as the cutest and most endearing of all.
    Another contemporary , Jody Foster, was mentioned in in one of Jedi’s posts. I believe that he found Foster to be overly serious. I think that Pfeiffer and Foster bear a comparison on this point. Foster (an Ivy Leaguer) and Pfeiffer both seem to be control freaks. Pfeiffer may appear to be very serious at times. As evidence of that, Pfeiffer obviously prepares for her public appearances and interviews, and they are carefully thought out and orchestrated by Michelle. Michelle’s early career interview with Barbara Walters was tense since Pfeiffer wasn’t used to interviews at that time. Nonetheless, she came off as very smart, something that Walters emphasized when Walters subsequently referred to the interview. Michelle would never have caused the famously bad interview as it occurred between Ryan and the very adept British interviewer, Michael Parkinson. Ironically, Ryan did the interview to promote the film “In the Cut.” Ryan did a respectable job in a movie with poor reviews. She played in a non-comedic role and stretched her acting range.
    Lastly, I agree totally with JediJones that Michelle’s acting range and versatility trumps that of Roberts and Ryan. I think that versatility gets to the heart of the craft of acting. The following definitions of “actor” and “movie star” frame my argument (these definitions are certainly debatable and the debate points are unlimited). My source is one blog or another :
    Actor: talent and range to play varied characters and roles, etc. (versatility)
    Movie star: charismatic and loved by fans, great onscreen presence and the persona to carry a movie, can have a successful and award-winning career just by being himself or herself on screen. (endearment).
    I suggest that Pfeiffer (and Foster) is the actor and that Ryan and Roberts are the movie stars. Being a movie star often pays much better and raises one’s status in the eyes of the movie going public. Acting is the higher art, however.
    I also refer to an article written by the outstanding reviewer Charles Taylor in the online magazine, Salon
    Tuesday, May 25, 1999, 4:00 PM UTC, “The Dazzling Versatility of Michelle Pfeiffer. ”
    Jedi, I understand your desire to be on a desert island with CDs of Meg Ryan’s movies . She is killer cute. However, I would much prefer being stranded on the island with Michelle, herself. Aside from experiencing her overwhelming sculpted and classic beauty, I would at least be with someone with whom I could talk!
    By the way, doesn’t Michelle look great on the runway at the Cite du Cinema in Paris ?

    • Jedi Jones
      September 23, 2012
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      Alan, your response is exactly what I’d been hoping for. This debate is enjoyable; I’m glad you’ve entered into the spirit of it, and where else could I go to canvas the opinions of Pfeiffer fans like yourself?
      It’s interesting that you bracket Michelle with Jodie Foster, if I remember correctly, weren’t Jodie and Michelle the original choices to play Thelma and Louise?
      I don’t know why that combo never came to fruition but it would have been an intriguing prospect.
      I couldn’t say the same for Michelle co-starring with Julia Roberts, but maybe that’s my personal taste. I lost interest in Julia’s career around the time of Flatliners.
      Michelle playing opposite Meg Ryan would have been appealing to me, if only to see your conundrum of the actress vs the movie star played out on screen. In their 90’s heyday Meg would’ve brought the box office, Michelle the awards and critical acclaim, so with the right script and director who knows how that could’ve turned out!
      An article on a blog (http://pfeifferpfilmsandmegmovies.com/ ) once pointed this one out about Michelle and Meg Ryan.
      In Pfeiffer’s films, there’s almost always a definitive scene that you remember, one of those Pfeiffer moments where she basically tells the director, “When I’m finished with this take, we’ll just send it right to the Oscar committee” (think of the “Makin’ Whoopee” scene from “The Fabulous Baker Boys,’ or Selina’s transformation in “Batman Returns”). No matter how bad the movie, Michelle always has that one memorable moment (even in “New Year’s Eve,” which may have been the worst two hours of my life).
      Leaving her famous “moment” in When Harry met Sally aside, Meg Ryan was almost always better in understated scenes (like the stunning sequence in Steve Kloves’ “Flesh and Bone” where she walks through the fields that surround her abandoned childhood home).
      Looking at her filmography I actually think Meg was very underrated as an actress and slightly overrated as a star.
      Whether that’s the case or not, I think Pfeiffer has a definite edge over Ms Sleepless in Seattle, because a collage of her best scenes would be more fun to watch, and more memorable than a collage of Meg Ryan’s best scenes!

  • Alan
    September 24, 2012
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    Jedi:
    Re: Thelma and Louise
    The actresses named as considered or offered the roles is dependent on the article referenced. Michelle was offerd a role according to most articles. Jodi and Meg Ryan (and Melanie Griffith and others) are mentioned in some articles and not others.
    Sorry – this is starting to bore me. I may drop out.

  • JediJones
    September 30, 2012
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    Pfeiffer fans rejoice! All those hours spent watching films were not wasted. Read these movie mash ups and submit your own using the mass of plots, characters and movie cliches filling up your beautiful mind.
    It’s easy to play. Just follow these 3 simple steps and soon you’ll be brimming with ideas.
    1.Take two unrelated movies which have something in common in their titles.
    2.Mash the titles up to make a new imaginary film
    3.Write the advertising blurb for the resulting cinematic monstrosity, and add it in the comments below.
    Looking at the titles in Michelle’s filmography I came up with these:
    The Fabulous Baker Boyz N’ The Hood
    Lounge bar trio Jack, Frank and Susie travel from Seattle to play a stint at a hotel in Los Angeles.
    When they accidentally witness a gangland murder, the trio become the unwilling prey in a savage game of cat and mouse as they are mercilessly stalked through the urban jungle of South Central in this taut suspense drama.
    When Harry Met Sally, Frankie, and Johnny.
    Director Garry Marshall and Writer Norah Ephron team up for this romantic tale of four single people in New York and their intertwing love lives.
    Featuring dazzling performances from Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, exceptional music from Harry Connick JR., and an Oscar nominated screenplay. This film is an explosively funny commentary on friendships, courtships-and other hardships-of the modern age.
    Sadly I didn’t have time to write a synopsis for these?
    Up Close and Personal Effects
    When Peggy Sue Got Married to the Mob
    The Neverending Story of Us
    When a Man Loves a Wolf!
    What Lies Beneath the Planet of the Apes
    Addicted to Love Field
    Ladyhawke the Slayer.
    Does anybody want to join in the fun?

  • Alan
    October 1, 2012
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    Jedi:
    Fascinating comments: I admire the intense sad passion but not the drivel. Decompensation requires help from a profession other than mine. I hope that you seek help before it is too late. This is all that I can offer but I wish you the best nonetheless,
    Alan

  • October 24, 2012
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    All other good qualities aside, Michelle Pfeiffer is so beautiful that we almost have to look indirectly, as in certain eclipses. Seriously, she looked almost beyond a regular human being in both The Fabulous Baker Boys, [Piano?], and the Age of Innocence.! You go Girl.

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