Michelle Pfeiffer

“I act for free, but I demand a huge salary as compensation for all the annoyance of being a public personality. In that sense, I earn every dime I make.”

Before Julia Roberts, before Meg Ryan, and waaaay before stars like Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet, there was (and still is… it’s not like she’s dead or anything) Michelle Pfeiffer.

And the 80s were her playground.

Starting with 1980’s The Hollywood Knights (with? Yes… Tony Danza!) and going all the way through to arguably her best film, 1989’s The Fabulous Baker Boys, Pfeiffer had a decade’s worth of success that few actresses can match. (Yes, the 90s were very kind to her, too… but, you know, check the title of our blog.)

Think about it for a sec: Grease 2, Scarface, Ladyhawke, The Witches of Eastwick, Married to the Mob, Tequila Sunrise, Dangerous Liaisons… and those are just the highlights.

Barbara Walters called her one of the two most beautiful people she’s ever interviewed (with Julia), she’s earned three Oscar nominations (Liaisons, Baker Boys, and 1992’s Love Field), six Golden Globe noms (and a win for Baker Boys), and she’s just as stunning today as she was thirty years ago when she got her first real gig, opposite Pacino in Scarface.

But it was her performance as Susie Diamond in Baker Boys (and that red dress… and the piano thing) that cemented her status as both an A-list actress and one of the most beautiful people in the world. In fact, less than a year later, Misha (’cause, you know, we go way back) would grace the cover of People‘s first-ever Most Beautiful People issue.

Women respected her talent, and men drooled… she was one of those rare actresses that had truly universal appeal (again, she’s not dead– we’re just talkin’ 80s-wise… so, past tense).

To quote Susie, “I mean, you’re not going to start dreaming about me and waking up all sweaty and looking at me like I’m some sort of princess when I burp?”

Yes. Yes, we did.

We ♥ Michelle Pfeiffer.


~ by weheart80s on May 20, 2011.

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