I don’t think of Michelle Pfeiffer as being a frock flicks actress, but surprisingly to me, she’s done a number of period films! Let’s count ’em down:
“The Bombshell” in Delta House (1979)
A follow up to Animal House and ostensibly set in 1962.
Ginny in Splendor in the Grass (1981)
A remake of the 1961 film, and set in the late 1920s.
Stephanie in Grease 2 (1982)
It’s the 1950’s, y’all. Courtesy of Barbie?
13th-century razor cut!
She is beautiful in a sack, though.
Ooo she added a belt and knife to her sack!
Faith in Sweet Liberty (1986)
She’s an actress in a film-within-a-film about the American Revolution. Hence the hair, I guess.
She’s the pure, religious bourgeois woman who falls for the rake.
There’s some hints of blue eyeshadow and modern makeup, but otherwise she’s spot on!
This dress has always read as flimsy to me, but it’s still pretty.
THIS is perfect, especially because of all the accessories.
Lurene in Love Field (1992)
She’s a Dallas housewife obsessed with Jackie Kennedy in 1963.
I’m always shocked at how good she is in this, which is because I think of her as a “modern” actress.
But she pulls it off!
Perfectly curly bangs.
Ok this hair might be a bit much.
The film is set in the 1890s, but her character is the literal queen of the fairies.
Velma in Hairspray (2007)
As the bitchy mother of an aspiring dancer in this 1960s musical.
Ok LOVE THE CAT.
Okay so she’s an evil witch, but this film mashes up medieval and bustle costumes.
Her “real” appearance.
Lea in Chéri (2009)
She’s an older courtesan in 1900s Paris.
And she gets an AMAZING wardrobe.
Okay so it’s 1972, post-our-cut-off-date, but I’m a completionist.
She’s the “loud” rich American.
Queen Ingrith in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
100% fantasy, but I LOVED the Renaissance-inspired costumes.
She’s the baddie, and I love that they put her in whites and greys instead of black or red! And those pearls!
She’s great as the early-1970s first lady.
Photo credit: Murray Close/SHOWTIME.
What’s your favorite of Michelle Pfeiffer’s frock flick roles?