Michelle Pfeiffer in Lanvin (X2)

Posted on May 10, 2012

We’re always a little fascinated by stars who clearly have no red carpet training and tend to wander out there looking a little dazed and a little terrified. You see this a lot with stars who became stars prior to this century. The red carpet has really only become strictly codified in the last 15 years or so and anyone who came up through the ranks prior to that always seems completely befuddled by it. Certain actresses, like Nicole Kidman, learned to flourish under the glare of the flashbulbs, but the ones who weren’t churning out movies like Big Macs this past decade still tend to wander out looking like they’re expecting to be jumped.

Case in point:

Michelle Pfeiffer attends the premiere of “Dark Shadows” in London in a Lanvin dress paired with Sergio Rossi pumps.

We just want to go up to her, take her hand in ours, look in her eyes, and say “Sweetie, your name is synonymous with ‘beautiful woman.’ Don’t look so scared. You’re gorgeous! Also, you should have worn a metallic shoe and a necklace.”

We like the following outfit better, but she still looks like she expects someone to dump a bucket of pig’s blood on her:

Michelle Pfeiffer attends the premiere of “Dark Shadows” in LA in a Lanvin dress paired with Sergio Rossi pumps.

And in this instance, we’d run up to her, take her hand in ours, look in her eyes, and say, “Honey, you did much better with this one! What a stylish little dress! And you wore a necklace, just like we told you to! Now, just flash that mega-watt style like you’re falling in love with each and every one of the photographers and this will all be over in a few minutes. Next time try a bolder lip, mkay?”

Some of these stars just need coddling and love, darlings. Being lauded the world over for decades as one of the most beautiful people alive simply isn’t enough to get them out of beds some days. Won’t you give?


[Photo Credit: PR Photos]

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  • Some extra love and a hug to Michelle for showing her wrinkles.

    • Yes! So glad she hasn’t fallen for that stuff. Hope she can stay strong and leave her face alone.

      • Judy_J

        Me, too!  She’s got a beautiful face…it would be a shame to mess it up with botox or surgery.

    • I really love her for showing a bit of years. Bless!

    • alyce1213

      Yes, I admire the wrinkles she shows. But she is definitely Botoxed in the forehead and frown lines.  It’s quite evident.

      • formerlyAnon

         Exactly my thought. She’s 54 and fair skinned. I don’t think there are any genetics that can give you that completely smooth forehead at that age unless you’ve never moved your face or been out in the sun.

        • MilaXX

           She likely has a bit of filler, but I still applaud her for not going completely overboard ala Priscilla Presley

        • berkeleygirl

          I’m not bragging – really!!! – but I’ll be 54 in November, and have hardly a wrinkle on my face.  I regularly get carded at Whole Foods, since the clerks don’t think I look 40, and thems the rules.  No, I haven’t done anything special, though I do use sunscreen.  I refuse to pay more than $35 for moisturizer – and try to pay half that.

          In a million years, I’d never look as beautiful as Michelle Pfeiffer, but it is possible to pass 50 without looking like a road map.  (Rule No. 1: Don’t smoke…)

          • NurseEllen

             Rule #2: stay out of the sun.

            I’ve always admired Michelle Pfeiffer, and especially love her movies “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and “Love Field” and “Frankie and Johnny”.  I think it’s pretty amazing that in her whole career she’s never done a nude scene.  We’ve seen her back but never (to my knowledge) her front, and I gotta respect that–she’s made plenty of films where it could have flowed naturally from the plot, but she’s never done it.  Good for her for sticking to her guns.

            As for these photos: yes, I think she’s had some work done on her face; yes, it’s subtle; yes, it’s nice to see her in public again; yes, to TLo’s assessment of her styling; and yes, Chloe Moretz could easily play her daughter–the resemblance is striking.

            Finally, I feel the same way about dark roots on women as I do about facial stubble on men: it may be the trend, but it’s a lousy trend.  If you’re going to color your hair, fine, just keep it colored; if you’re going to shave then DO IT, and if not, GROW A BEARD.

          • Susan Crawford

            Rule #3: Start a good cleansing/moisturizing regime when you’re young, and add a retinol-based moisturizer when you see the first little crinkles.

          • TheOriginalLulu

            Rule #4 – Drink plenty of water.

          • formerlyAnon

            Oh berkeleygirl, I love hearing your skin is standing by you! Looking around at my friends & contemporaries it really is a crap shoot what goes first – but I don’t think any of us who are over 50 & un-“maintained” are going to be mistaken for under 40!

      • Kim O’Neill

         For SURE the ‘Tox. Most people don’t understand that if it’s not abused, it just makes you look…less wrinkled.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        Is that what it is? I thought my eyes might be deceiving me, but she looks a little different in the face. Huge kudos to her for owning her wrinkles and crinkles. If she is Botoxing, I just hope she doesn’t go beyond this point. I’d hate to see her with a frozen face.

    • MK03

      I know! It’s so refreshing to see a star who looks like a person instead of a Photoshop tutorial.

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Absolutely, but…has she had something done? Somewhere in the cheek area? Her face looks a little…different, no? I really hope I’m wrong because it would be a tragedy to mess with such an exquisite face. 

  • scottshu17602

    Since she’s new to the whole Tim Burton-Bonham-Carter-Depp movie-making machine, maybe they threatened to punk her on the red carpet as some kind of initiation thing. Like Helena has some detached cows eyeballs in her clutch, waiting to pounce.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

       Isn’t she, as Catwoman, actually an OG Burton star?

      • scottshu17602

        True! Although I like to think there’s a special kind of weirdness going on when HBC and Depp are on-set. Some day, someone’s going to make a fabulous meta-movie of Depp and Burton making the Ed Wood tribute film, in tribute to Burton and Depp.

        • snarkykitten

           I’d watch that if they did a bit with a meta Danny Elfman

  • egl48

    You guys are so funny.  She’s very beautiful, but I’ve sometimes wondered why she often looks like she could use some eye drops.

    • judith traherne

      I’ve been sayin’ this for years!

  • MoHub

    She needed to see a hairdresser before she showed up in public looking like that. Her roots are showing a mile, and she doesn’t seem to own a brush or comb.

    • formerlyAnon

       Yeah, but aren’t we currently suffering from a fad for visible dark roots?

      • Alisa Rivera

        The roots are put in on purpose, to make it look like she still has dark hair when in reality it’s probably grey at her age. See Madonna.

        • formerlyAnon

          Well, maybe it’s because I started with my grey fairly early on – but it never occurred to me that on someone her age the roots were meant to create the illusion of youth. I just thought it was a “look.”

          I am clearly way too naive for today’s culture.

    • I think it’s been one of her trademarks throughout her career to have that messy hair – cultivated messy hair!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i would say she has had some work done, but it’s minimal and very subtle which is refreshing to see…the second dress is a much better choice for her, the first really does nothing for her figure which is amazing for fiftysomething…

    • alyce1213

      It’s Botox.

  • Judy_J

    She looks gorgeous, especially in that second dress.  I’m proud of her for not succumbing to artificial youth.

  • AWS

    I don’t believe that MP has had any plastic surgery and she’s trying to make up for that with the drag queen make-up and she should really just buy some Revlon Age-Defying make-up instead.  ((MP))

  • PeggyOC

    That first dress is fabulous.  She looks awesome (although I agree about the need for a necklace).  That dress can come live at my house when she’s done with it.

  • Refreshing to see an air of innocence. Seriously. I love her. 

    • TheOriginalLulu

      Yah, she’s pretty fabulous. I bow down.

  • 3boysful

    She’s always been one of the most gorgeous actresses around, IMHO, but this eye makeup does her no favors.  Worse still, the long hair, styled a la JBF, is not good on someone her age.  Looks like she’s trying too hard, and she doesn’t need to.


    • Spicytomato1

      I know, the eyeliner looks red in the first shots….not the best color for around the eyes on anyone, at any age. I actually like her hair, though. It looks natural (meaning it’s actually hers and not some ratty extensions) and not over-processed or overly try-hard to me.

    • amf0001

      I was thinking that about her hair too- its too young for her which conversely makes her look older… 

  • It makes me love her even more though, this kind of personality that doesn’t expect total admiration. I am sometimes sick of that million dollar smile demonstrating great deal of the dental work but very little of the soul.

  • nannypoo

    I think she is one of the most beautiful women ever. She should be thrilled to have her picture taken. Chloe Moretz looks a lot like her. Lucky Chloe.

  • Frank_821

    Poor thing is clearly not use use to this side of hollywood, but if I recall she always tended to shy away from it anyway

    I’m always happy to hear whenever she’s in a new movie. Always been a fan. Yes she is synonymous with beautiful and she unquestionably is. But what I always liked about her is she often chose roles where her looks didn’t factor into it. Besides her gloriously fierce Catwoman, I loved her in Married to the Mob and Ladyhawk. One the things about the latter that appealed to her is she had to cut her hair for the role

    • MilaXX

       Ladyhawk is one of those movies I stop ad watch every time it’s on.

  • Glammie

    I think MP is that rare star who actually is fairly shy and private in real life.  She’s lived for years in the Bay Area and you never-ever hear about it or see pix of her.  I only found out because her daughter attended a private school where someone I knew worked.  Even in her heyday, she never enjoyed the fashion scene–she found Armani and stuck to it. 

    Nonetheless, she is amazingly beautiful.  I think she had some work done ages ago, but she’s allowed some real aging to happen and it’s refreshing.  Yes, she looks nervous–but, hey, she can move her face enough to *look* nervous.

    Oh, and thumbs up on the outfits.  Not knock your socks off, but good for Michelle Pfeiffer.

  • I want to go up to her and push her shoulders DOWN.

  • mmgk

    She’ll always be beautiful, I think.

  • alyce1213

    I’ve always loved her and admired her talent.  She’s gorgeous, but there’s too much Botox in the forehead and frown lines.
    I find it charming that she’s so beautiful and not a red carpet hack.

    • I thought the very same thing! She has always been beautiful….but…. the face looks a little rubber-y, and I am sorry to see it. She would have been lovely without it

  • Kate4queen

    She’s still beautiful and I love that green dress on her.

  • formerlyAnon

    I feel certain that if they let you guys share the [tough, if needed] love with these celebs for just a few minutes pre-event, they’d learn! (And, if not, they’d have a better idea of what they should be getting from their “people.”)

  • kimmeister

    The miniscule peeps in her toes are silly, no?  I do like her hair/makeup in the 2nd shot much better than the first.

  • You need to tweet her your advice ASAP!

  • ballerinawithagun

    I believe she actually suffered from agoraphobia at one point in time, so just being at these events may be stressful. She is stunning!

  • MilaXX

    I must say if she has had work done, she’s been very tasteful with it. Her face looks great! Love the makeup and hair. I wish she had worn the jewelry she is wearing in the 2nd look with the first dress. I think the color of the 1st dress is better for her skintone. The 2nd dress just looks like something I could buy at Macy’s.

  • Little_Olive

    Oh so sad. She looks like a boring starlet who aged just right there at the venue. 

    She could be serious competition to Madame Sharon if she went the right way (ie, not this way).

  • She´s fabulous, and you cannot buy that as an accessory. 

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Michelle also seems to be a pretty private person, so I’m sure having a million photographers take her photo has to be unsettling. She’s no fame whore unlike some of the others (Britney-choo!-Spears, Lindsay-choo!-Lohan, Paris-choo!-Hilton)

  • 3rdsister

    I’ve always liked Michelle.

    Her hair, however, not so much.  Why does anyone think these lifeless, flat strands are flattering?

  • tvmovielover

    I think she absolutely has had some work but as said before, it is not bizarre or excessive.  She looks as great as ever and I look forward to see what she has done with her role as she has always been an interesting actress.

  • LittleKarnak

    I generally like her quite  a bit but she sort of reminds me of Willam in these pics……

  • Girl_With_a_Pearl

    I kind of feel sorry for her in these pics, the poor dear.  And I like her hair.  I’m so tired of everyone saying that women of a certain age have to have short styles.  Maybe it’s true for some women, but it works for Michelle.

  • Damien W

    She’s always avoided talk of her beauty, and doesn’t think of herself as a great beauty, so I’m not surprised that she doesn’t always put her fashion nose to the grindstone, and probably just puts on whatever her gays tell her to. I think I admire more for that attitude rather than feel sad. I just love her.

    • formerlyAnon

      Speaking as one who’d be an utter fail at dressing for cameras, I think that most people who are celebrities for something other than their fashion sense need to just put their own opinions in the background and listen to their fashion advisors. I guess the trick is having fashion advisors who know their stuff.

  • LinXGUA

    I love her. She’s keeping true to herself. Good for her!

  • drdirection

    I am just thankful that she looks like a beautiful 50-something year old woman.  Not some botoxed, pulled and plumped freak of nature.  She is gorgeous!

  • Qitkat

    She still pulls off that beautiful, elegant look she has always had. Love her.

  • Susan Crawford

    She may be a little stiff on the carpet, but honeys and kittens, THIS is a seriously beautiful woman! Michelle Pfeiffer has been my ideal of womanly beauty since her first appearance on the big screen, and time has been exceptionally kind to her. And without the “assistance” of massive facial fillers, nips, tucks and other, ahem, “enhancements”.

    She has not dieted herself down to skin and bones; she has not inserted bags of silicone in her chest; she manages to avoid being tabloid fodder; she does not dress like a teeny-bopper; in short: this is my kind of gal!

    Her red sheath was nothing special, except that it showed off a flawless pair of shoulders, and the color looked great on her. Her Lanvin was terrific – the color set off her delicate blondeness, the fit was perfect, and thankfully, her radar picked up the signal from the TLo Gaycave, and the necklace finished the outfit quite nicely.

    I predict MP will soon get into the groove of the step, pose, repeat – and if she doesn’t, she is still light years ahead of the pack IMHO.

    • PaulaBerman

       Her face has definitely benefited from nips, tucks, fillers, and something weird with her eyes. I am not trying to hate on Michelle, who I really like, but she has all but admitted that she has had work done. Her nose for sure, and the usual facelift/Botox/etc.

      • Susan Crawford

        Well, on the up side, whatever she’s had done, it appears to have been done with a pretty light hand in comparison to so many other actresses, including some who are MUCH younger. I suppose it is pretty hard to avoid out there in LA. But she’s still tops in my book.

        • PaulaBerman

           She’s a great actress and beauty who I wish got more parts! It is sad to me that actresses have to mess with their faces so much.

  • Lisa

    Not crazy about that first dress at all – it’s just so standard.

    That second one is gorgeous, but you’re right, she needs a bolder lip. But that second one is lovely on her!

  • guest2visits

    Wow. Definitely seems more at ease in her second dress. And she’s gorgeous; it seems a waste that she missed an
    opportunity to rock that red dress too.  Yes, she looks like a lost lamb!
    (would love to see Michelle in lots more roles please; if that can be arranged).

  • berkeleygirl

    Absolutely gorgeous… Not only is the face still drop-dead beautiful, but she appears to have gained a little weight, which is all for the best…  

    I do hope she listens to you boys. If so, Queen Helen of Fanfuckinstastica may finally have some serious competition!!!

  • Call me Bee

    Yes–certainly looks terrified in both of these phtos.  Poor thing.  She needs a stylist and some face powder to blot that shine. 

  • enonymous

    she still got a pricetag on that face

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Dear Michelle,

    You deserve better red carpet mileage than this crappy-ass movie. You’re gorgeous, you’re fierce and you were Catwoman, for crying out loud.



  • Oh man cut Michelle some slack. She hasn’t been in the spotlight for a while, so I’m getting she is somewhat nervous about diving into the shark-infested waters. Btw has anyone watched the video of the premiere? those paps were violently screaming at her, telling her face this direction or that direction and pose. 

  • TheOtherChristina

    She does look a bit terrified, but she also looks stunning. I think she’s more beautiful now than she’s ever been, which is awesome, and I have no quibble with anything about either of these looks. Actually, I think the red sheath is much much better than you’re giving it credit for. The fit, color, and texture are heavenly. I’m not even going to say anything about the creasing.

    • Adriana_Paula

      I agree that she got more beautiful over time: pretty in Grease 2, but stunning in Dangerous Liaisons and beyond…

  • ccm800

    I LOVE that she is so natural on the RC instead of jumping hoops like a dog show entrant – striking dumb ass poses. She looks easy breezy and chic as all hell. But yes to the necklace in the first one for sure. 

  • hape_dex

    In the fourth picture from the top she looks like an older, prettier and healthier Olsen twin.

  • RzYoung

    I love Meesh, I’ll always love her. she can do no wrong!

  • She doesn’t look scared so much as over it.  Like she refuses to go with how silly this thing is.

  • nancylee61

    I didn’t even recognize her in the small picture. She did something to her eyes, like Christie Brinkley did, which makes them almost unrecognizable. Shame. She was gorgeous and looks almost strange now.

  • mom2ab

    I love the red on her- what an unexpected color (although for a vampire movie maybe not).  I also love the fact that she is not even trying to look 20 – all in all a good first outing. 

  • marilyn

    I think Michelle is one of the most beautiful women on the planet.  However, I think she needs to update her hair and go more glamorous in her clothes.  She is a 10+ and needs to look like it.  

  • EEKstl

    While the 2nd looks is more interesting, I do love that wine red on her.  She is so frickin’ gorgeous.

  • bluefish

    I love her to death.  She will always be the exquisite and talented Suzie Diamond to me.  And I will always see her in my mind’s eye with Jeff Bridges, who was also at the height of his beauty when “The Fabulous Baker Boys” came out in 89.  She can wear whatever she wants to.  Love.  “THIS is show business?”

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Love the Lanvin – gorgeous!

  • Funkykatt

    What a classic beauty Michelle Pfieiffer is.  

  • Lina_bee

    The gold is a great dress. It’s also great to see her out.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Good for her.  She has had no visible work done and she hasn’t even bleached her teeth.   Makes me love her.

  • DeTrop

    One of the beautiful people.  She does need ‘shoe’ advice though.  Black may be beautiful but it’s not for every outfit and every occasion.  Love the bronze/goldish dress.  Fits her to a T.

  • I actually like that she is so green when it comes to the red carpet.