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Michelle Pfeiffer attends the "Dark Shadows" premiere in Los Angeles
Michelle Pfeiffer, a cast member in the motion picture fantasy "Dark Shadows", attends the premiere of the film at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on May 7, 2012. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Michelle Marie Pfeiffer ( /ˈfaɪfər/; born April 29, 1958) is an American actress and singer. She made her screen debut in 1980, but first garnered mainstream attention with her performance in Scarface (1983). She rose to prominence in the late 1980s and early 1990s with critically acclaimed performances in the films Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Married to the Mob (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Russia House (1990), Frankie and Johnny (1991), Love Field (1992), Batman Returns (1992), and The Age of Innocence (1993).

Michelle Pfeiffer has won numerous awards for her work, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama for The Fabulous Baker Boys, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Dangerous Liaisons, and the Silver Bear for Best Actress for Love Field; each of these films also resulted in a nomination for an Academy Award. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 6, 2007. Her star is located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.

Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, the second of four children of Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor, and Donna (née Taverna), a homemaker. She has one elder brother, Rick, and two younger sisters, Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer. Her father was of Dutch, German, and Irish descent, and her mother was of Swiss and Swedish ancestry. The family moved to Midway City, where Pfeiffer spent her childhood. She attended Fountain Valley High School and graduated within three years, in 1978. She worked as a check-out girl at Vons supermarket, and attended Golden West College. 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 entered to the Miss Los Angeles contest later that year. After participating in the Miss Orange County contest, subsequently led to cameo roles in television series and cameo appearances in movies.

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