Michelle Pfeiffer has a long and impressive resume in Hollywood and the long-standing critical acclaim to prove her career has not been a fluke.
The 58-year-old thespian was born in California and began her acting career in 1979 with the TV series Delta House. Though that role and many that followed (::cough, Grease 2, cough::), would not shoot Pfeiffer into the upper echelon of Hollywood, her big break would arrive shortly with a bang.
Director Brian De Palma initially refused to audition Pfeiffer for 1983’s Scarface, but relented at the insistence of famous producer Martin Bregman. As anyone who has seen the film knows, Pfeiffer absolutely nailed the role of the cocaine-addicted trophy wife Elvira Hancock. What followed is a celebrated and long-lasting career that included three Academy Award nominations (Dangerous Liaisons, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field).
After a four year hiatus, Pfeiffer is set to star in Mother! alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, as well as Murder on the Orient Express with Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz Daisy Ridley. She recently explained her reasons for taking a break from the silver screen in a sit down with Interview Magazine.
“Well, the first thing that comes to mind is I’m an empty nester now. I’ve never lost my love for acting. I feel really at home on the movie set. I’m a more balanced person honestly when I’m working. But I was pretty careful about where I shot, how long I was away, whether or not it worked out with the kids’ schedule. And I got so picky that I was unhirable. And then…I don’t know, time just went on.”