From Catwoman to Mob Wife: Michelle Pfeiffer’s Hidden Life

With a Hollywood pedigree and a fancy Yale drama degree, the one-time Vons grocery store cashier turned into one of the hottest stars in the industry. Michelle Pfeiffer started by taking acting classes, studied to be a court reporter as a backup plan and entered (and won) several beauty pageants.

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At 63, Pfeiffer has created a long-lasting legacy for herself throughout her four decades in the business, and she is still one of the hardest working women in Hollywood. Despite popular opinion, jobs didn’t come easy, and she was typecast. However, one audition changed her life, and the rest is history.

The “It” Girl

Growing up in sunny California, Michelle Pfeiffer was the second of four children born to Richard and Donna Jean. Pfeiffer was always the pretty girl in school, the one everyone wanted to be. After graduating from Fountain Valley High School in 1976, she worked as a Vons supermarket cashier while attending college.

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Pfeiffer started training to be a stenographer but realized acting was her true passion. She had the looks to become a star, so Pfeiffer entered the Miss Orange County pageant and won. She then took home sixth place in the Miss California contest in 1978. Participating in the pageants got Pfeiffer noticed.

Acting Debut

Pfeiffer made her acting debut in 1978, shortly after getting noticed in a pageant. Her first gig was in a one-episode appearance in Fantasy Island. She started to get small TV roles in shows like Delta House, CHiPs, Enos, and BAD Cats. Pfeiffer also did a TV movie in 1979, The Solitary Man.

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The following year, Pfeiffer transitioned to film with the comedy The Hollywood Knights alongside Tony Danza, playing high school sweethearts. Although she looked like she should be the star of every movie, Pfeiffer played supporting roles in mediocre movies, including Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen.

Young and Naïve and Hungry

During her early days in Hollywood, Pfeiffer found herself in a cult. She had been taking acting classes in LA when she was taken in by a seemingly friendly couple. The couple actually ran a metaphysics and vegetarian cult. Pfeiffer was naïve, so she didn’t realize what she had gotten herself into.

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They believed you only needed sunlight to survive, so they made Pfeiffer quit smoking, drinking, and drugs, but they took control of her life. Pfeiffer said she was brainwashed and gave them an enormous amount of money. Luckily, her first husband helped her realize she was in a cult, and she escaped.

First Love

Pfeiffer met Peter Horton in her acting classes, and they began dating. He was doing research for a role in a movie about followers of the Unification Church, which helped Pfeiffer realize she was part of a cult. He helped her escape and get back to a normal life with food.

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In 1981, Horton and Pfeiffer got married in Santa Monica, and it was on their honeymoon that she discovered she got the lead role in Grease 2. Because they were both working in the industry, the couple often worked together. Horton once directed her for a 1985 ABC TV special.

A Pink Lady

While she might not have been part of the first Grease ensemble, Pfeiffer landed a role in the sequel, Grease 2. It was her first major film role, and she was an unknown actress when she attended the audition. Director Patricia Birch said Pfeiffer won the role because of her “unexpected, quirky quality.”

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Pfeiffer starred as the leader of The Pink Ladies, and people were excited to see the follow-up to one of the most successful musical films. Unfortunately, the film was a critical and commercial failure. However, critics said she looked more comfortable than anyone else in the cast.

A Hit to Her CareerH

Although Pfeiffer escaped the critical mauling, her agent said Pfeiffer’s association with Grease 2 meant she couldn’t get any jobs. No one wanted to hire her because the film was such a failure. While it might have been her first major role, Pfeiffer regretted participating because of the aftermath.

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Pfeiffer later reflected, “I needed to learn how to act. In the meantime, I was playing bimbos and cashing in on my looks.” The young actress started to get typecast as the “dumb blond,” even though she had much more to offer than her looks. Unfortunately, directors didn’t want to see that.

She Almost Didn’t Get Scarface

In the fallout of Grease 2, Scarface director Brian De Palma refused to audition Pfeiffer for the film. He didn’t want her anywhere near one of his biggest projects. However, Martin Bregman, the film’s producer, was insistent about letting her audition, so De Palma caved.

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Pfeiffer was cast as Elvira Hancock, the icy blonde girlfriend of Al Pacino’s Tony Montana. Because her character was a cocaine-addicted mob wife, she had to look emaciated for the role. Pfeiffer said, “I think I was living on tomato soup and Marlboros.”

Critical Success

At the time, Scarface was considered excessively violent by most critics, but it became a commercial hit and gained a large cult following in the following years. Pfeiffer received positive reviews for her supporting role, with one critic saying the cast was fine, but “Michelle Pfeiffer was better.”

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Vanity Fair wrote an article following Scarface, titled “Blonde Ambition.” The writer wrote that Pfeiffer was on the verge of stardom. Adding, “In the parlance of the industry, she is hot.” The role helped her land many film roles with some of the biggest stars.

Not an Easy Experience

Although it might be one of her most famous roles, Pfeiffer admitted that filming Scarface was an extremely challenging experience. She was one of the only women, and the set was a boys’ club. The nature of her character’s relationship with Tony Montana also weighed on her.

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Pfeiffer said she would cry herself to sleep most nights, and it was a six-month shoot. She often felt terrified and intimidated while filming, but Pfeiffer hid it behind her tough exterior. She doesn’t regret the film, but it was not a walk in the park.

A Witchy Hit

Despite Scarface now being considered one of her greatest performances, Pfeiffer didn’t achieve box office success until 1987. She had a few film roles that helped establish her as an actress, but the 1987 adaptation of John Updike’s novel The Witches of Eastwick made her a star.

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Pfeiffer played Sukie Ridgemont alongside Jack Nicholson, Cher, and Susan Sarandon. The film grossed $63.7 million (equivalent to $145 million today). Critics praised Pfeiffer, saying she made her character warm and irresistible. Reviews of the film loved the cast’s comedic timing.

Dominating the Screen

Once Pfeiffer broke away from “dumb blonde” roles in Married to the Mob, directors finally saw her potential. The film earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Many of her films earned her critical acclaim, including her portrayal of Susie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker Boys.

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Pfeiffer held her own in the musical film, starring alongside Jeff and Beau Bridges. She drew unanimous critical acclaim with people comparing her to Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe. Some said the film would be used to document the moment when Pfeiffer became a great star.

Going Their Separate Ways

While working on Dangerous Liaisons with John Malkovich in 1988, Pfeiffer engaged in an affair with her married co-star. It caused her and Horton to separate shortly after. Horton later blamed their split on their devotion to work instead of their marriage.

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Pfeiffer and Horton were both dedicated to working and didn’t spend much time together. The affair pushed things over the edge. After her marriage ended, Pfeiffer had a three-year relationship with actor Fisher Stevens whom she met while Pfeiffer was in a production of Twelfth Night.

Raking In the Big Bucks

By the ‘90s, Pfeiffer was earning $1 million per film. In The Fabulous Baker Boys, the scene where she performs “Makin’ Whoopee” on the grand piano is considered one of the sexiest and most memorable scenes in modern cinema. With each role, Pfeiffer displayed more and more talent.

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She took roles that people wouldn’t have expected of her, like playing an ordinary waitress in the film adaptation of Frankie and Johnny. The casting was controversial because she was “too beautiful.” However, Pfeiffer dominated the award circuit, receiving several nominations at every award show.

Her Claws Came Out

In 1992, Pfeiffer donned the iconic catsuit to play Selina Kyle/ Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. She wasn’t originally cast as Annette Bening had the role, but she backed out because she was pregnant. Pfeiffer was then chosen over many other actresses, including Madonna and Raquel Welch.

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Pfeiffer trained in martial arts and kickboxing to prepare for the action-packed part. Many people said she had the best portrayal of Catwoman. Critics claimed she was the outstanding villain of the Tim Burton era with the most iconic look.

Catwoman 2

Shortly before Batman Returns hit theaters, Pfeiffer was signed on to star in a Catwoman spin-off film. The plans meant Warner Bros needed an ending where Catwoman was featured alive. The studio had Tim Burton shoot an extra final scene to fit their plot.

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In the scene, Catwoman’s shadow runs across an alley wall, and she is seen looking up at the bat signal. Pfeiffer’s stunt double filmed the expensive last-minute scene. Unfortunately, it was a waste because the Catwoman sequel didn’t pan out due to Pfeiffer’s other work commitments.

Who Is Michelle Pfeiffer Married To?

After being set up on a blind date, Pfeiffer and David Kelley started dating. On their first date, they went bowling instead of going to the typical five-star restaurant like other celebrities. The date clearly went well because they married less than a year later.

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Pfeiffer thought she would never find the man of her dreams after her divorce and a string of failed relationships, but Kelley changed that. Kelley, a TV writer and producer, gave Pfeiffer an uncredited cameo in one episode of his show Picket Fences.

Does Michelle Pfeiffer Have Children?

Pfeiffer said she knew Kelley was “the one” because they immediately got to see each other as parents. When she met Kelley, Pfeiffer was in the adoption process for her daughter Claudia Rose. He immediately acted like a father and adopted Claudia after marrying Pfeiffer.

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Pfeiffer said dating Kelley during the adoption process helped “separate the boys from the men.” Besides their adopted daughter Claudia, Pfeiffer and Kelley have a son, John Henry. She gave birth in 1994, and they named him after Kelley’s grandfather, a Hockey Hall of Fame coach.

Putting on the Producer’s Hat

In 1990, Pfeiffer formed a boutique film production company, Via Rosa Productions. The company allowed her to produce and star in films tailored for strong women. Her best friend, Kate Guinzburg, became her production partner. Via Rosa expanded her horizons while she continued to act.

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Throughout the ‘90s, the production company experienced a winning streak with back-to-back commercially successful films. Wolf, starring Jack Nicholson, and Dangerous Minds both earned millions at the box office and helped the success of Via Rosa and furthered Pfeiffer’s acting career.

Taking a Step Back

Pfeiffer started to dissolve her production company at the turn of the century and moved into a semi-retirement period as she wanted to spend more time with her family. She continued to star in films sporadically into the 2000s. She handed her production partner one last film in 2001.

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Original Sin was the last film produced by Via Rosa. Pfeiffer intended to star in the movie but changed her mind when she decided to work less. Instead, Angelina Jolie and Antonia Banderas took the leading roles, and that was the end of Via Rosa.

Turning Down Roles

When Pfeiffer took a step back from working, she was very selective about picking projects. In the early-2000s, she starred in films like What Lies Beneath, I Am Sam, and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. While recording Sinbad, she told the producer he could fire her because there were three rewrites.

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Following the release of Sinbad, Pfeiffer took a four-year hiatus from acting, staying out of the public eye. During her time off, she turned down the role of the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

Her Big Comeback

Pfeiffer returned to the big screen with a bang in 2007. She starred in two summer blockbusters, Hairspray and Stardust. Starring alongside John Travolta, Christopher Walken, and Queen Latifah, Pfeiffer played Velma Von Tussle, a racist manager of a television station. She was the first and only choice to play Velma.

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Critics called her performance a successful return to acting. She was brilliant in Hairspray, showing off her singing and dancing skills. She was also praised for her stunning figure as she showed off her long, toned legs in a dance scene.

Worried About the Role

The film adaptation of Hairspray was set in the ‘60s amid the Civil Rights Movement. Pfeiffer’s character was a bigot, and she had to deal with the ugly nature of the character. It was a challenge for Pfeiffer because she has a mixed-race daughter.

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Pfeiffer sat down with her family when she took the part because her kids couldn’t understand why she was playing a “vile racist.” She explained the importance of the role and made sure her family was comfortable with her portrayal. Luckily, they understood the important message.

What Could Have Been

Pfeiffer has been in several musicals throughout her career, including Hairspray, Grease 2, and The Fabulous Baker Boys. She has proven that she has the singing chops to hold her own in any musical role, but Pfeiffer was turned down from two of the biggest musicals.

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She was considered for the part of Eva Peron in Evita, which went to Madonna, and the lead role in Mamma Mia, which went to Meryl Streep. Pfeiffer would have been amazing in either of these iconic films, but it didn’t pan out that way.

Another Break and Resurgence

After filming Cheri in 2009, Pfeiffer decided to take another two-year break from acting. She returned in the 2011 ensemble cast of New Year’s Eve with Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Sofia Vergara, among many others.

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New Year’s Eve wasn’t one of her best roles, but the film was a box office hit and a great step back into acting. Pfeiffer told an interviewer that now that her children were away at college, she wanted to “work a lot.”


In 2013, Pfeiffer said her best performance was “still in her.” She proved that to be true with a slew of films that followed, having the media dub her career comeback a “Pfeiffer-sance.” In 2017, she starred in the independent drama Where Is Kyra?

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Her role as Kyra was dubbed the performance of her life by many critics. Pfeiffer then landed the part of Ruth Madoff in Wizard of Lies about the Bernie Madoff scandal. It was HBO’s largest premiere viewership for a film in four years.

Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe

It is a massive honor to get a role in a Marvel film, and Pfeiffer was one of the lucky ones. In 2018, she starred as Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, in Ant-Man and the Wasp. She played Hank Pym’s wife, lost in the Quantum Realm for several decades.

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Pfeiffer used her limited screen time well, as it was her first comic book role since playing Catwoman. Critics said the film suffers from the lack of Pfeiffer, describing her appearance as “cruelly brief.” She reprised the role in Avengers: Endgame.

Not the Only Actress in the Family

As the second of four children, Pfeiffer might be the most famous member of her family, but she isn’t the only actress. Her sister, Dedee, is six years younger and has starred in movies like Falling Down, Cybill, and The Allnighter. Dedee and Pfeiffer appeared in two films together.

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Pfeiffer shared the screen with her younger sister in Up Close & Personal and Frankie and Johnny. They played sisters and cousins. Pfeiffer’s older brother Rick and younger sister Lori are not in the spotlight, but they are proud of their acting siblings.

Going for the Gold(en Globes)

From 1988 to 1993, Pfeiffer was nominated for several Golden Globes for five consecutive years. She has won a Golden Globe for Best Actress, and she was nominated several times throughout the years in the same category and for Best Supporting Actress.

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Pfeiffer was also nominated for three Academy Awards but hasn’t won yet. Besides the major awards, she won a New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress award for The Fabulous Baker Boys and a Venice International Film Festival award for The Age of Innocence.

She’s an Activist and Philanthropist

The actress is well-known for more than just her on-screen presence; she is also an activist and philanthropist. Pfeiffer has been honored for her support of organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society, Small Steps Project, Soles4Souls, and Stand Up to Cancer.

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In 2016, Pfeiffer joined the board of directors at the Environmental Working Group, focusing on farm subsidies, the use of toxic chemicals and their health effects, and fossil fuels. Her passion for saving the environment has hugely influenced how she lives her life.

How Old Is Michelle Pfeiffer?

Michelle Pfeiffer is almost 64, and she looks as youthful as ever. She said her lifestyle choices are her secret to staying young. Although she was once put into a cult run by vegans, that hasn’t deterred Pfeiffer from living a vegan lifestyle these days.

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She claimed veganism is her “fountain of youth.” The actress said she noticed a difference in her skin when she changed her diet and lifestyle. Pfeiffer said the older she gets, the “more it occurs to me that I’m doing it to live longer.”

A Rare Beauty

Pfeiffer graced the cover of the first-ever People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” issue in 1990. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone because she is naturally stunning. Additionally, her facial features match a “beauty formula” by a plastic surgeon based on the “golden ratio.”

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The ratio of the width of Pfeiffer’s mouth to the width of her nose is about 1.7. The ideal result of the “golden ratio” is 1.6, so she is pretty close to what scientists consider perfect. Even in her 60s, Pfeiffer is one of the most beautiful actresses.

Immeasurable Talent

Pfeiffer has received critical praise for many of her performances throughout her career. According to Vulture, “Michelle Pfeiffer is an actress of such depth, breadth, and tenacity. She obliterates the argument that an untrained actor has less capability than her trained counterparts.”

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Many have said that she is one of the most fascinating actresses of her generation. However, Pfeiffer thinks people will find out that she is not very talented or a “big sham.” While that is far from true, the actress is humble about her achievements.

Not a Fan of the Spotlight

Despite wanting to become an actress when she was young, Pfeiffer is not a fan of the spotlight. She is a very private person and admittedly dreads publicity work and being in the public eye. When Pfeiffer took time away to focus on her family, she was much happier.

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Although the actress has no plans to retire just yet, Pfeiffer said she probably won’t be in front of the camera forever. She loves being productive and working now that her kids are grown up, but she enjoys being a producer more these days.

Somebody’s Muse

Before she married her current husband, Pfeiffer dated some of Hollywood’s finest men. However, only one of her relationships resulted in published poetry. In 1987, Val Kilmer published a poetry collection called My Edens After Burn, containing poems about their relationship.

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The poem about Pfeiffer was called “The Pfeiffer Howls at the Moon.” She was his muse, and it must have been flattering. But if you want to read Kilmer’s poetic works, you’ll have to shell out between $1,000 and $1,500 because the book is now a collector’s item.

Music Shoutouts

Besides being a poetic muse, Pfeiffer has also gotten a few shoutouts from musicians like Bruno Mars and Vance Joy. In Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” he wrote, “This hit, that ice cold Michelle Pfeiffer, that white gold.” Pfeiffer was flattered, but her kids had other thoughts.

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Pfeiffer said that “Uptown Funk” would come on during carpool, and her son would be embarrassed that his mom’s name was in the song. In “Riptide,” Vance Joy wrote, “I swear she’s destined for the screen, closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you’ve ever seen.” The shoutouts must be cool.

A Disney Princess

Long before she was walking red carpets and getting called out in popular songs, Michelle Pfeiffer was a regular girl trying to make money between acting jobs. In the mid-1970s, her career hadn’t taken off, so she applied for jobs close to home.

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Besides working as a grocery store cashier, Pfeiffer also performed as Alice from Alice in Wonderland in the daily parade at Disneyland. We wonder if anyone recognized her on TV as the woman who played Alice. Maybe someone has an old picture with her before she was famous.

Unique Acting Style

Pfeiffer maintains that she never received formal acting training but credits director Milton Katselas for teaching her a few things. He taught her the difference between how an actor thinks their character would behave in a situation and how the actor would behave during the same scene.

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She often chooses roles that aren’t traditionally glamourous because she says they are more interesting. Pfeiffer admitted that she is particularly skilled in period films because it is easier for her to understand and “hear” the character when she reads the script.

The Face of Fashion

In 2005, Pfeiffer served as the face of Giorgio Armani’s spring campaign. The designer had dressed her for many public appearances, so it felt like the right pairing for his line. When Pfeiffer first got into the business, she didn’t understand why people wanted to dress her.

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Pfeiffer reflected that she didn’t know many things when she was 23. She remembers asking, “Why do I want someone to dress me? And who is Giorgio Armani?” The actress later came to her senses and has worn the designer’s clothes and became a lifelong friend.

Smells Like a Winner

Pfeiffer decided to make her own fragrance line. In 2019, she launched a collection of fine fragrances called Henry Rose, named after her children. Pfeiffer said they were making the safest fragrances possible.

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Pfeiffer is a clean beauty crusader and wanted her fragrance line to use safe ingredients that wouldn’t harm people or the environment. The perfumes are also packaged in 90 percent recycled glass bottles. The gender-neutral fragrances come in various scents that seem fresh and simple.

How Much Is Michelle Pfeiffer Worth?

As of today, Pfeiffer is worth an estimated $250 million combined with her husband. Despite taking two long breaks from acting, she earned massive paychecks over the years through several box office hits. Since 1991, the actress has earned millions per film.

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Pfeiffer and her husband have been quite successful in the industry, racking up millions. She made $10.5 million for the thriller What Lies Beneath and $12 million for The Deep End of the Ocean. With her fragrance line and other side projects, she continues to earn even more money.

She Hates Interviews

For an actress with an impressive body of work, you won’t find many telling interviews with Pfeiffer. The star is notoriously private, and she hates the idea that actors should be obligated to give interviews. She once asked an interviewer if someone warned them that she would be a horrible interviewee.

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Pfeiffer said she doesn’t feel responsible for telling an interviewer anything and bides her time until the interview is over. She said she can be “pretty withholding.” Pfeiffer only opens up when she likes an interviewer and feels comfortable.

She Wants to Be on TV

When Pfeiffer sat down with Sarah Jessica Parker, the two talked about their lives in the industry, and Pfeiffer made an interesting revelation. She said TV has changed so much over the years, and in the past decade, it has become a much better place for women.

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Pfeiffer admitted that she would love to be on a TV series. Most of her career has been on the big screen, but she likes the idea of being in one place for a while. She thinks there are more possibilities in TV now.

Scared of the Water

Although horror movies don’t scare her, Pfeiffer is terrified of the water. Although her 2000 film What Lies Beneath frightened audiences, she wasn’t creeped out by the concept. However, she had to spend a lot of time in a bathtub, which felt like torture.

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Pfeiffer eventually overcame her fear of water, which helped her daughter overcome her fear of ghosts. When she saw her mom conquer water, she realized that she didn’t have anything to be afraid of either. Pfeiffer said it took a lot of explaining to tell her daughter that ghosts weren’t real.

What’s Next?

In recent years, Pfeiffer has worked on the dark comedy French Exit, which premiered at the New York Film Festival. Her performance garnered critical acclaim, with many saying she deserved an Academy Award. It was a performance she will be remembered for.

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She has a few upcoming projects and doesn’t plan to slow down. Pfeiffer will portray Betty Ford in the anthology drama series The First Lady on Showtime. She is also set to star alongside Annette Bening in the psychological thriller Turn of Mind.