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Your Favorite Michelle Pfeiffer Performance?

The cheekbones, the voice, the look, she could be described as having the elegance of Grace Kelly but the toughness of Lauren Bacall.

After appearing in TV and low budget films like Grease 2 and Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragoon Queen, she became a household name at age 25 when Brian de Palma cast her in the international hit Scarface opposite Al Pacino and Robert Loggia.

A gay icon, I thought DL could discuss her films and her career.

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by Anonymousreply 44June 17, 2024 2:14 PM

I wish I could add more, of course, including:


Frankie and Johnny

Love Field

I am Sam


The Witches of Eastbrook


by Anonymousreply 1June 15, 2024 12:43 AM

What about Aliens??

by Anonymousreply 2June 15, 2024 12:45 AM

What Lies Beneath.

by Anonymousreply 3June 15, 2024 12:46 AM

She never looked (or sounded) better than she did in The Fabulous Baker Boys.

Sometimes I just watch that scene with her slithering down the piano singing "Making Whoopie." Whew!

by Anonymousreply 4June 15, 2024 12:46 AM

One Fine Day

by Anonymousreply 5June 15, 2024 12:53 AM

Married to the Mob. She was just spectacular in that. Her New Jersey accent was POY-fect!

She's one of those gorgeous actresses who seems to have no vanity. None.

by Anonymousreply 6June 15, 2024 12:55 AM

Dangerous Liaisons

by Anonymousreply 7June 15, 2024 12:55 AM

I haven't seen it in a while, but I remember liking her in Wolf. She was probably at her peak as far as beauty.

by Anonymousreply 8June 15, 2024 12:56 AM

Lady Macbeth

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by Anonymousreply 9June 15, 2024 12:57 AM

Sorry -- should have posted the clip.

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by Anonymousreply 10June 15, 2024 12:57 AM

She has a moment as the bitch in Wolf where I could scarcely believe my eyes. We hear words like “stunning” bestowed on lots of actresses but that’s the only time I was ever really stunned at an entrance. That’s all she did. She just entered the scene.

Unfortunately, the sensation didn’t last. I bought the DVD and waited for that entrance and when it came she was only gorgeous again. It was a one-time stun but I’ll never forget it.

by Anonymousreply 11June 15, 2024 1:17 AM

I've only seen her in the "Ant-Man" sequels.

by Anonymousreply 12June 15, 2024 1:38 AM

Love her.

Aside from being stunningly beautiful and a great actress, I love how she quietly adopted a kid when she was still single, love that she never used her kids as props, love her Instagram now (she’s sort of goofy and age appropriate).

What’s not to like?

by Anonymousreply 13June 15, 2024 1:43 AM

No Grease 2?😆. I’ll choose The Fabulous Baker Boys.

by Anonymousreply 14June 15, 2024 1:44 AM

It's not a perfect movie but she's very good in French Exit. I would like to see more movies where she plays a rich burnout.

by Anonymousreply 15June 15, 2024 1:49 AM

I though she was great in Mother!

by Anonymousreply 16June 15, 2024 1:54 AM

I liked her in White Oleander and Dark Shadows.

by Anonymousreply 17June 15, 2024 2:49 AM

I'm with R6, it has to be Married to the Mob.

by Anonymousreply 18June 15, 2024 3:21 AM

R6 and R18 - her accent alone in Married to the Mob is pitch perfect.

by Anonymousreply 19June 15, 2024 3:27 AM

Great cheekbones

by Anonymousreply 20June 15, 2024 6:46 AM

Loved her in I am Sam

by Anonymousreply 21June 15, 2024 6:47 AM


by Anonymousreply 22June 15, 2024 6:59 AM

She was good as the lawyer in I Am Sam but smoking hot as Catwoman. Yeah, I voted for her in Batman Returns. LOL!

by Anonymousreply 23June 15, 2024 7:24 AM

I liked her vulnerability in Witches of Eastwick. Underrated.

by Anonymousreply 24June 15, 2024 7:29 AM

I always loved her in The Age of Innocence

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by Anonymousreply 25June 15, 2024 10:42 PM

I fell in love with her as a wee gayling of 8 after seeing her in Grease 2 and watching it over and over again. Because I was so young and not a bright kid, I thought her last name was Pa-feiffer (before the famous GG episode) and called her that until being corrected by my mother. I've loved her in absolutely everything since. I wish she had taken more risks in smaller, independent projects ala Nicole Kidman, but I think she's a great beauty and a great talent. With all that said, her Catwoman/Selina Kyle is iconic. I don't even know why they bother trying to have other actresses play the part, it's sort of like asking another actor to play Rhett Butler, they're bound to fail by comparison.

by Anonymousreply 26June 15, 2024 10:53 PM

I loved her in What Lies Beneath and Hairspray. She has such great presence.

by Anonymousreply 27June 15, 2024 11:00 PM

Interesting to note that Pfeiffer was not the first choice to play Catwoman, Anette Bening was. Bening had to pull out because she got pregnant, but I can't believe that the feline-looking Michelle who was at the height of her fame at the time of the film's release was not the first choice.

by Anonymousreply 28June 15, 2024 11:04 PM

Sean Young also lobbied for Catwoman, R28. She even made a cat suit and begged Tim Burton to cast her.

by Anonymousreply 29June 15, 2024 11:08 PM

The Fabulous Baker Boys

by Anonymousreply 30June 15, 2024 11:11 PM

Great thread, Op, i think she is one of the greatest living actresses. Her Beatty and shy attitude didn’t help in the accolades. As your list shows, she has a great filmography, including several iconic roles. Except here, i dont think she gets the aclaim she deserves. Looking at the poll, her roles are very distinctive and varied (even if tending to more commercial choices). She nails almost everything so maybe she chooses wisely.

I voted for Catwoman because the hurt and desperation she conveys to a cartoon character is unique. But my favourite is the more controversial Madame Olenska in The Age of Innocence, she truly moves me in a couple of scenes.

by Anonymousreply 31June 15, 2024 11:13 PM

Love her!!

by Anonymousreply 32June 15, 2024 11:16 PM

She was a great romantic heroine as Tally Atwater in Up Close and Personal.

by Anonymousreply 33June 15, 2024 11:23 PM

In the Murder on the Orient Express she sings the credits song and manages to give an emotion of the personal tragedy that the movie, due to Branagh’s ego and incompetence, sadly lacks. It belongs to a better movie. As usual, she is great but the movie doesn’t give her the space to shine as she deserved.

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by Anonymousreply 34June 15, 2024 11:28 PM

Grease 2

by Anonymousreply 35June 15, 2024 11:29 PM

We missed out on her Eva Peron.

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by Anonymousreply 36June 15, 2024 11:31 PM

I think the better question is if you can name a bad performance she gives?

by Anonymousreply 37June 15, 2024 11:31 PM

Loved her in Hairspray. You can tell she's having a blast

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by Anonymousreply 38June 15, 2024 11:32 PM

Thank you r15! I came here to add “French Exit” to the mix. I don’t think it’s a *bad movie, rather it’s just weird and crosses quite a view genres. But her performance is really something; and you’re right, she nails her performance of a rich, elitist, proud burnout.

The cafe scene where she tries (and finally succeeds) in getting the French waiters’ attention… I would love to pull that off myself sometime.

by Anonymousreply 39June 15, 2024 11:32 PM

R37, i agree, she was in a couple of bad movies but she always elevates the material.

by Anonymousreply 40June 15, 2024 11:39 PM

Is What Lies Beneath good?

by Anonymousreply 41June 17, 2024 1:32 PM

R41 The actors elevate the material. But it's one of those movies you can really only watch once.

by Anonymousreply 42June 17, 2024 1:44 PM

I know she was somewhat miscast, but I loved her In Frankie and Johnny all the same.

by Anonymousreply 43June 17, 2024 1:58 PM

R41 -you'll never look at her feet the same way again.

by Anonymousreply 44June 17, 2024 2:14 PM
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