Michelle Marie Pfeiffer was born 1958 in Santa Ana. She graduated from Fountain Valley High School, after which she enrolled at Golden West Community University. After winning the Miss Orange County pageant, she competed for the Miss California pageant but did not win the title.
In the early 80’s she got episodic roles in TV series, and her first film role was in 1980 when she appeared in the Hollywood Knights project. Pfeiffer was already convinced that she wishes to build a successful acting career. She decides to attend acting classes to improve her acting performance.
In 1982, Pfeiffer landed her first starring role (Stephanie Zinone) in the romantic musical comedy, Grease 2, directed by Patricia Birch.
What were the best Michelle Pfeiffer movies of the 1980s?
Read more below for our picks of the absolute best movies Michelle Pfeiffer was a part of during the epic 1980s.
The Eyes, Chico. They Never Lie – if you watched the movie, probably remember this scene.
Scarface is a 1983 American film by Brian de Palma. Michelle interpreted the role of Elvira, the wife of Cuban immigrant Tony Montana (Al Pacino). This role turned her career around and enabled everything that would come after.
Scarface is considered a cult achievement. A violent, successful, and fascinating story about sacrifice, desires, motives, ambition, friendship, loyalty, betrayal.
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick, by George Miller, is about three single women who live in Eastwick, a small town in New England, and whose wishes are granted when a mysterious man arrives in their lives. Michelle Pfeiffer interprets the character of Sukie Ridgemont.
Married to the Mob (1988)
Married to the Mob is an American crime comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme. For Angela de Marco, the widow of a New York gangster, Michelle Pfeiffer received her first Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
That was a period of immense success with critics and audiences. During the 80s, Michelle won two Oscar nominations, the British Film Academy BAFTA Award and Golden Globe nominations, one of which she won.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
The film Dangerous Liaisons is based on the novel by the French writer Choderlos de Laclos. Directed in 1988 by British director Stephen Frears, it is the best film version, even in addition to the competitive adaptation of Milos Forman.
Michelle received the most praise from film critics for Madame de Tourvel’s interpretation. She won a BAFTA Award – Best Supporting Actress.
Role in the Dangerous Liaisons brings her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)
Michelle Pfeiffer played Susie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker Boys, alongside Jeff Bridges. She prepared this role for four months and won the Golden Globe for Best Leading Actress. Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance compares by critics to the legendary Rita Hayworth in the Guilda.
Frank and Jake Baker are two pianists who perform in second-rate clubs.
Baker brothers decide to change their career. After long auditions, they hire the beautiful singer Susie Diamond (M. Pfeiffer).
Susie enchanted the audience, and achieved success. Due to the growing popularity of the singer and due to Jack’s persistence to seduce her, disagreements and conflicts are inevitable.
The Fabulous Baker Boys earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role and BAFTA Award for Best Actress.