Al Pacino says about her „Basically, she’s a character actress… I think that’s a strength. She’s someone who will endure because she’ll find characters to play. And she happens also to be a leading-lady type, which is, I guess, glamorous. She has both… I mean, is someone doing what they should be doing? That’s the question.“

Michelle Pfeiffer has long been called one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, a designation that The Daily Telegraph’s Mick Brown considers to be both „a defining characteristic in her acting career“ and „curse“.

Pfeiffer initially struggled to convince casting agents and directors to take her seriously as an actress because they doubted that she was more than merely an attractive face.

Pfeiffer‘s talent continued to be overshadowed by her beauty even several years after her breakout performance in Scarface, to which she responded by pursuing roles in which being blond and beautiful was not a requirement.

The Daily Beast’s Elizabeth Kaye recognized Pfeiffer as one of Hollywood’s rare beauties who trust that it is indeed possible to be both physically beautiful and serious, believing that the actress achieves this by „grafting the sensibility of a modern woman onto the glamour of a ’30s icon“.

Rolling Stones’ Gerri Hirshey agreed that Pfeiffer‘s roles combine „Nineties guts and Thirties glamour“.

You know, I look like a duck. I just do. And I’m not the only person who thinks that. It’s the way my mouth sort of curls up or my nose tilts up. I should have played Howard the Duck.

I used to smoke two packs a day and I just hate being a nonsmoker… but I will never consider myself a nonsmoker because I always find smokers the most interesting people at the table.

I find the less you focus on your flaws, the better off you are. Be yourself and be glad of who you are.

It’s fun to kick ass and show that other dark side of yourself as well.

I relax by taking my bicycle apart and putting it back together again.

You know, the more you can meet people from different walks of life, the better it is for you. I think the more you can create situations and experiences that give you new perspective, the better.

I’m afraid to be alone, I’m afraid not to be alone. I’m afraid of what I am, what I’m not, what I might become, what I might never become. I don’t want to stay at my job for the rest of my life, but I’m afraid to leave. And I’m just tired, you know? I’m just so tired of being afraid.

My kids would probably say that I’m too strict. They probably would say that, and I try not to be, but I’m probably more on the conservative end of that. At the same time, I know full well that ultimately I don’t really have control over them.

Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, hold our breath and hope we’ve set aside enough money for our kid’s therapy.

What’s interesting is, there’s always a lot of talk to young people about finding their passion, following their passion. But I remember reading somewhere that a lot of people don’t have a passion. And there’s this pressure to have one. It’s perfectly fine not to have one.

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.

If you think hitting 40 is liberating, wait until you hit 50; and I was surprised at how liberating it was. The anticipation of something is always much worse than the reality.

I don’t think it’s easy for women to watch themselves age. And I think it’s obviously doubly hard to grow older when you are a public figure and you constantly have to see your image all the time, and people are constantly pointing it out.

I don’t believe men want women to have grotesque plastic surgery or be undernourished and bony. All the plastic surgery in the world can’t stop you getting older.

Women are brought up to think it’s acceptable to pay attention to their faces. Men translate their discomfort into their behavior.

I’ve always had a very extreme personality, which gets me into major trouble, I’m always all or nothing, and I don’t know the world „balance.“ I’m desperately trying to learn it because I think as you get older it becomes very important.

My grandmother raised five children during the Depression by herself. At 50, she threw her sewing machine into the back of a pickup truck and drove from North Dakota to California. She was a real survivor, so that’s my stock. That’s how I want my kids to be too.

People who are rude to waiters… I don’t like that sort of thing. People who take cuts in line… it doesn’t fly!

Well, I’m very stubborn. I think I have common sense; I’m probably at times a bit tunnel-visioned, but I’m strong.