Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress and producer. She has received many accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, and three nominations for an Academy Award.

In 1976 Pfeiffer graduated from Fountain Valley High School. She worked as a check-out girl at Vons supermarket, and attended Golden West College where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. After a short stint training to be a court stenographer, she decided upon an acting career. She won the Miss Orange County beauty pageant in 1978, and participated in the Miss California contest the same year, finishing in sixth place. Following her participation in these pageants, she acquired an acting agent and began to audition for television and films.

Pfeiffer began to pursue an acting career in 1978 and had her first leading role in the musical film "Grease 2" (1982). Frustrated with being typecast as the token pretty girl, she actively pursued more serious material and had her breakthrough role as gangster moll Elvira Hancock in the crime film "Scarface" (1983). Further success came with leading roles in the fantasy feature "The Witches of Eastwick" (1987) and the comedy "Married to the Mob" (1988). Her roles in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988) and "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (1989) garnered her consecutive two Academy Award nominations, for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, respectively.

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