Michelle Pfeiffer is not a face you easily forget. And it's not one that goes without being sorely missed when it doesn't pop up as regularly as it should. For the past few decades, she's been viewed as a rarity on the Hollywood scene. However, recent changes in online headlines have given way to the belief that she may, in fact, be on the verge of a major comeback. Because that is so (and because I am a huge fan of hers) here's a list of things you probably didn't know about the 3 time Oscar-nominee.
1. She Was Chosen to Be the First Face on the Cover of 'People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World' in 1990
She appeared on the list in the issue a record total of six times from 1990 to 1999. She was the first person to appear on the special addition of the issue more than once.
2. She Did All Her Own Singing in Four Feature Films
Grease 2, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Prince of Egypt and Hairspray. Each film, Michelle Pfeiffer did her own singing and received praise for her terrific work belting out those magnificent numbers. The song she sang with Sandra Bullock's singing fill-in for Prince of Egypt would go on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song. She would be nominated for an Oscar herself for her performance in The Fabulous Baker Boys.
3. She Replaced Annette Bening in Batman Returns
Not many people know that Annette Bening was originally cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Tim Burton's Batman sequel. Due to her pregnancy, she was unable to commit to the filming schedule and so, Michelle Pfeiffer was cast in her place. Tim Burton would later go on to say that Michelle's performance is one of his all-time favorites and that he can't get enough of working with her, which explains his casting her 20 years later in Dark Shadows.
4. She and Cher Have Been Close Friends Since Working Together on Witches of Eastwick
It's true. An odd friendship, but it's true. Cher once stated that Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the very few people in this world that she can trust not to misinterpret what she says or spread gossip.
5. Michelle Turned Down Two High Profile, Oscar-Winning Roles
Before Jodie Foster took on the challenging task of portraying Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs, director Jonathan Demme originally offered the role to Michelle after they had worked so well together on the set of Married to the Mob. Later on, coincidentally, the same woman who took over for Jodie Foster in the sequel to Silence of the Lambs, Julianne Moore, would replace Michelle Pfeiffer in Still Alice. To Michelle Pfeiffer's credit, when she was attached to the film, Brett Ratner was slated to direct. I would've dropped out, too.
6. She Cut Al Pacino with Broken Glass
Okay, it was an accident. But still, she cut Al Pacino! During the rehearsals for Scarface, she was brought in to do a test with the man himself. During the test, she had to act out a scene where she breaks a bunch of dishes and when she finished, she opened her eyes and there was blood everywhere. She was checked over a dozen times to see where she had been cut, but it was Al who was bleeding. Michelle said in an interview with James Lipton that after that moment, was when Al really started to like her.
7. She's Been an Avid Oil Painter Most of Her Life
When she appeared on Inside the Actor's Studio, James Lipton asked her what she would have liked to be if she wasn't an actress. She replied that she would like to be a painter. She recently spent some time away in Rome where the photo above was taken with a super pleased fan.
I wish it were me, honestly.