Dining With Michelle Pfeiffer


Michelle Pfeiffer has appeared in over fifty films. Is there a motif of her dining and eating in almost every one of her films?

Michelle Pfeiffer is one of Hollywood’s most talented and popular actresses. 

She began acting in the late 1970s, appearing in small roles until making her film debut in the 1980 teen comedy Hollywood Knights. Pfeiffer played a 1960s drive-in carhop in the 1960s set film. Somewhat an ironic role considering the analysis of her career I choose to explore.

From there, Pfeiffer got the female lead in the 1982 sequel Grease 2, got cast as Al Pacino’s cocaine addicted trophy wife in 1983’s Scarface and quickly appeared in an eclectic series of film throughout the 1980s, including, the fantasy film Ladyhawke, the comedy Sweet Liberty and along with Susan Sarandon and Cher was the third witch who romances devil Jack Nicholson in The Witches of Eastwick

In Married to the Mob, Pfeiffer showed off her talent for comedy, receiving a Golden Globe for her performance. In Dangerous Liaisons, she scored an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She would be receive two more Oscar noms for her roles in The Fabulous Baker Boys and Love Field.

Michelle-Pfeiffer-filmography-actress-movie-film-cliche-dining-trope-scenePfeiffer was the leading lady to a host of Hollywood’s most popular leading men. Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell, Robert Redford, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Al Pacino, Harrison Ford, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert DeNiro.

She’d even cement her pop culture popularity with her performance as Catwoman in 1992’s Batman Returns. Decades later she would become part of the Marvel Universe when she was cast as Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp.

Appearing in over fifty films in a range of different genres, she has had an impressive and long career. Pfeiffer still remains a fan favorite and a beloved actress, who continues to give standout performances.

I had recently been watching a few of her films and noticed an odd trend in Pfeiffer films – there is often a scene that takes place of her eating dinner, sitting in a restaurant or diner, or just plain eating. 

Is this a recurring theme in Pfeiffer’s filmography? A motif that continually appears in her films? Am I reading too much into this? Perhaps.

But that was the genesis of this video project – a compilation of scenes Pfeiffer dining throughout her film career. You have to admit, there is quite a few. So, maybe I’m onto something. Maybe one day Pfeiffer can weigh in on this theory. 


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