What the Hell Happened to Michelle Pfeiffer?
Michelle Pfeiffer was one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. She starred opposite Al Pacino, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and Jack Nicholson. The image of Pfeiffer cracking a whip as Catwoman is iconic. And then, she disappeared for seveal years. Recently, Pfeiffer has resurfaced. But her days on the A-list appear to be behind her.
So, what the hell happened?
Pfeiffer started out as a pageant girl before moving into TV and movies. Pfeiffer was Ms. Orange County in 1978 and competed in the Miss California Beauty Pageant where she placed sixth.
After her sixth-place finish, Pfeiffer hired an agent and got into acting.
One of Pfeiffer’s earliest TV appearances was on the TV show, Fantasy Island. Guest star Robert Morse played a sailor who visits an island populated by beautiful women. Pfeiffer played one of the island’s inhabitants.
Pfieffer would return to the show a few years later.
In 1979, Pfeiffer landed a recurring role on the short-lived Animal House TV show, Delta House. The show recast some roles while maintaining original cast members Stephen Furst, Bruce McGill, James Widdoes and John Vernon. Pfeiffer’s character was named “The Bombshell”.
Pfeiffer wasn’t impressed by the show’s scripts, but she needed the work:
It was a no-brainer, and I detested it. But it was exposure so I did the best I could with terrible scripts. I told myself: “There are so many unemployed actors around, you should be glad you’re working at all.”
Delta House got good ratings initially. But after fights over content, the show was cancelled after only 13 episodes.
In 1980, Pfieffer landed a regular role on the car-themed cop show, B.A.D. Cats. Asher Brauner and Steve Hanks starred as a couple of former race-car drivers who join the Los Angeles Police Department.
B.A.D. Cats lasted 10 episodes on ABC.