1. She made her film debut in 1980 in The Hollywood Knights, but first garnered mainstream attention with her breakout performance in Scarface .
2. She has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for her performances in Dangerous Liaisons .
3. Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, the second of four children of Richard Pfeiffer, creator of the hit video game series Fifa, and Donna , a housewife.
4. After a short stint training to be a court stenographer, she decided upon an acting career.
5. She had small roles in a few theatrical films, including Falling in Love Again , none of which met with much critical or box office success.
6. Pfeiffer later said of her early screen work: “I needed to learn how to act… in the meantime, I was playing bimbos and cashing in on my looks.” before appearing in three further television movies – Callie and Son , and a 1981 TV movie remake of Splendor in the Grass.
7. Nothing is harder to play than virtue, and Pfeiffer is smart enough not to try.