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April 29: Happy Birthday Willie Nelson and Michelle Pfeiffer


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Willie Nelson is turning 84 today.  He dropped out of college in the mid-fifties to pursue a career in country music, and had his first success when he wrote the song “Family Bible,” which became a Top 10 Country hit for Claude Gray in 1960.  He was moderately successful as a recording artist in the sixties but more known as a songwriter for other performers, writing hits like Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.”  By the end of the sixties he had become dissatisfied with the traditional “Nashville sound” of country and in the early seventies he became one of the faces of the “outlaw country” movement, along with Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, among others.

After a couple of switches of recording label, Nelson ended up with Columbia in the mid seventies, and entered a period of enormous critical and commercial success.  From 1975-78, he released five solo albums, beginning with the legendary Red Headed Stranger, four of which reached #1 on the US Country chart, the fifth “only” making #2.  In addition he contributed to two collaborative albums that also reached #1, Wanted! The Outlaws (with Jennings, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser) and Waylon & Willie (with, well, just guess).

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Michelle Pfeiffer: Into The Mind Of Michelle


In the late eighties through much of the nineties, Michelle Pfeiffer was one of the hottest leading ladies in Hollywood.  Around the start of the 21st century, Pfeiffer’s career started to cool off.  To some extent, that was due to Pfeiffer starting a family with TV producer David E. Kelley.  In this interview from the April 2002 issue of Movieline magazine, Pfeiffer talked with Stephen Rebello about motherhood, whether or not she is difficult to get to know and how she creates chemistry with notoriously prickly leading men like Sean Penn and Harrison Ford.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 2002

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The 1995 Style issue of Movieline included a look at five Hollywood fashion plates.  Unfortunately, the photos that accompanied this article were not archived.  I tried to make up for that a bit with some fashionable pictures of the five stars covered here, but the piece definitely loses something without the photographic trip through celebrity fashion.  Still, it’s worth taking a peek at who Movieline thought was worth mentioning for their fashion sense midway through the decade.

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The Best-Dressed Actresses in Hollywood


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The month of September was dedicated to fashion at Movieline.  In the 1996 “Style” issue, Diane Clehane made a list of the best-dressed actresses in Hollywood.  The list originally included ten actresses, but apparently only seven made it to the archives.  So I’m guessing Nicole Kidman, who is referenced more than once, and two others are lost to the internet.

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Movieline Cover Gallery 1990

Michelle Pfeiffer: Out of the Past


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This article was intended to run in late December to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Russia House.  But my well-documented moving woes prevented me from updating the article.  So better later than never, here is an article from the December 1990 issue of Movieline magazine comparing Michelle Pfeiffer to the glamorous actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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Michelle Pfeiffer Gallery

A-List Smackdown: Pfeiffer Vs. Ryan


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Regular readers of my What the Hell Happened articles know that sometimes the comments section takes on a life of its own.  For reasons unknown, we have discussed Michael Keaton fighting just about every actor who worked in the 1980’s.  The most recent entry focused on Michelle Pfeiffer.  Blogger, Paul S brought up the idea of comparing Pfeiffer’s career to previous WtHH subject, Meg Ryan.  This resulted in an excellent article on Paul S’s blog devoted to the two actresses comparing their careers.

I started typing up a response to the article.  It may not surprise anyone to know I rambled on and on.  My final comment was practically an article unto itself.  But then tragedy struck.  Blogger.com (which doesn’t seem to like me very much) ate my comments!  I left an abbreviated version of my original comments and vowed to come back later for a more detailed analysis.

You’re clever folks.  You have probably already figured out that those comments morphed into this article.

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What the Hell Happened to Michelle Pfeiffer?


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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?

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