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We've seen Michelle Pfeiffer sing, we've seen her slink around Gotham City, and we've seen her as a drug lord's trophy wife, but now we'll get to see her as a mafia badass.

From "Dangerous Liaisons" to "Dangerous Minds," the Oscar-winning actress gets dangerous yet again in this week's "The Family" alongside Robert De Niro. Pfeiffer's Maggie Blake may look like a sweet little blonde lady, but don't judge a mob boss's wife by her cover -- she'll blow up your convenience store if you make fun of her French.

Pfeiffer has been on both the big and small screen for the last 34 years, but there are still a handful of facts you probably didn't know about her, such as her penchant for oil painting. Check out 20 little-known tidbits below about the actress below.

1. Pfeiffer's first job as a performer was playing Alice from "Alice in Wonderland" at Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade in the mid-1970s.

2. Pfeiffer considered finding a man to help father a child with "no strings attached," but decided to adopt instead. While in the process of adopting she met her future husband David E. Kelley on a blind date. They had only been together for two months when they adopted their daughter Claudia Rose.

3. She won the Miss Orange County beauty pageant in 1978. She then competed in the Miss California Pageant where she finished sixth.

4. Pfeiffer has been a vegan since last year. She said she decided to switch to a plant diet after seeing a CNN special on heart attacks, and to help prevent the cancer and dementia her parents suffered from.

5. Pfeiffer turned down two roles that eventually went to Sharon Stone. First she turned down Ginger McKenna in "Casino" because the part was too similar to her Elvira Hancock in "Scarface." She also turned down the Sharon Stone role in "Basic Instinct."

6. Pfeiffer studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse and at the Ahmanson Theater under Geraldine Page.

7. While working at a Vons Grocery Store in California in 1974, Pfeiffer learned to tie maraschino cherry stems in knots with her tongue (always a handy skill).

8. Pfeiffer accidentally cut Al Pacino with broken glass while filming the screen test of the restaurant scene for "Scarface."

9. She's said that when she was in her 20s, strangers would come up to her thinking she was Debbie Harry. In an interview Harry mentioned that if she could cast any actress to pla her in a film, it would be Pfeiffer. Maybe one day...

10. In Val Kilmer's self-published poetry collection "My Edens After Burns," there are several poems that were inspired by Pfeiffer.

11. During an A&E "Biography" interview in 1987, Pfeiffer explained how her Catwoman costume from "Batman Returns" was vacuum-sealed once she put it on. She said it would have to be opened often or else she would get light-headed and pass out.

12. In 1989 Pfeiffer made her stage debut as Olivia in "Twelfth Night" in a New York Shakespeare Festival production in Central Park.

13. She was strongly considered for the role of Maria in Brian De Palma's 1990 "The Bonfire of the Vanities." However, Pfeiffer instead took the role of Katya in "The Russia House" and Melanie Griffith was cast as Maria. Griffith received a Razzie nomination for the role, while Michelle went on to get a Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

14. Pfeiffer has been an an avid oil painter for most of her life.

15. After a four-year hiatus from acting to focus on her family, Pfeiffer was offered the role of the White Witch in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," but turned it down. The role eventually went to Tilda Swinton.

16. Pfeiffer was considered for the role of Eva Perón in "Evita" when it was originally to be directed by Oliver Stone. Pfeiffer took a few months of voice lessons for the part, but when director Alan Parker took over the film Madonna was eventually cast.

17. ​Pfeiffer was nominated for six consecutive Golden Globes from 1989-1994. She won one at the 1990 awards for her role in "The Fabulous Baker Boys."

18. Pfeiffer has been co-stars with Kate Nelligan in three films, including 1991's "Frankie and Johnny," 1994's "Wolf," and 1996's "Up Close & Personal."

19. Pfeiffer said in 2007 that she'd like to star in a remake of "Grease" with Jessica Simpson as Sandy.

20. She received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 6, 2007.


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