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Martin Scorsese once described Michelle Pfeiffer as an actress who could portray inner conflict with her eyes and face better than any other film star of her generation.
Scorsese was referring to Pfeiffer's role in his film The Age of Innocence, playing the Countess Olenska, a woman who 19th-century social convention demanded should constrain her bohemian tendencies, and her feelings for the young Daniel Day-Lewis, under a veneer of social propriety.
Lea envisages the arrangement as little more than a diverting interlude, but things go awry when she finds herself falling out of lust and into love, while at the same time giving nothing of her true feelings away.
Like The Age of Innocence, Cheri is a film about a certain kind of manners – as its director, Stephen Frears, puts it, 'about people not saying what they think'.
Her other notable film roles include The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Married to the Mob (1988), Frankie and Johnny (1991), The Age of Innocence (1993), Wolf (1994) and White Oleander (2002).
Her paternal grandfather was of German ancestry and her paternal grandmother was of English, Welsh, French, Irish, and Dutch descent, while her maternal grandfather was of Swiss-German descent and her maternal grandmother was of Swedish ancestry. She was one of the several candidates to audition as a replacement for Kate Jackson on the television series Charlie's Angels in 1979, although the part went to Shelley Hack.
She began her acting career in 1978 and had her first starring film role in Grease 2 (1982), before receiving mainstream attention for her breakout performance in Scarface (1983).
Her greatest commercial successes include Batman Returns (1992), Dangerous Minds (1995), What Lies Beneath (2000) and Hairspray (2007).
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.