The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on October 13, 1993 · Page 21
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 21

Galveston, Texas
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Wednesday, October 13, 1993
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6~B THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 13,1993 Twist her arm and Michelle Pfeiffer will admit her life's OK Associated Press NEW YORK — Michelle Pfeiffer sees her glass as half empty — but she's working on it. The radiant beauty — who stars in Martin Scorsese's much-praised new film, "The Age of Innocence," whose acting talents have earned three Academy Award nominations, who is about to marry a handsome and successful televison producer, and who coos about her newly adopted baby — is beginning to see that life is, well, let's not get carried away,... OK. "I tend to be skeptical. I'm better, I'm much better. These are my ten- den-cies," Pfeiffer says, stressing every syllable. "But I'm much lighter now than I used to be although Fm never going to be Donna Reed" No, indeed, she won't. In "The Age of Innocence" she's Edith Wharton's worldly Ellen Olenska, who has returned to New York in the 1870s after leaving her dissolute husband, a Polish count. Exquisitely unaware of the rigid mores that govern the city's highest echelon, Ellen finds herself falling in love with Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), a young lawyer engaged to her cousin, May (Winona Ryder). As Ellen, Pfeiffer received the type of rave notices of which most actresses would only dream. Pfeiffer discusses acting, fame and tiny, tiny tidbits of her personal life while ensconced in an armchair at a plush Manhattan hotel where the movie's handlers have scheduled her for an endurance test of back-to-back interviews. It's only Day One, however, and as she sips a cup of coffee, she says she's feeling pretty fresh. And she looks it. Pfeiffer is one of those rare Michelle Pfeiffer actresses who actually looks better in person than on screen. Her skin fairly glows it's so luminous. Her honey-blond streaked hair tumbles effortlessly around her face. But what sets her apart from the ranks of other beauty queens are her large, almond-shaped blue eyes — eyes that pierce as much as they perceive. Maybe it's the porcelain-like skin that makes her beauty seem as fragile as it is haunting. Maybe it is her soft, soft voice that is just one notch louder than a whisper. Maybe itfs the way she pauses mid- sentence to stare out the window on an early fall day, her eyes meeting the pale-blue sky and reflecting back a quality of indescribable wariness. Or maybe all this is just her distaste for interviews and a deep suspicion of journalists. "I don't really like (being interviewed) and I would still prefer not to do it," she says. "But it's a little easier. I guess it's a the nature of the beast." But the beast — fame — has to be fed and these brief interviews count only as snacks. Before the precious half-hour talk a publicity person coyly lays the ground rules: Michelle is very smart and likes to talk about Edith Wharton's books. She likes to discuss women in film. But she doesn't want the interview to focus on her baby. If Pfeiffer assiduously guards her own privacy — to the point of sending back a limousine to have the windows tinted darker so she won't be recognized while tooling around Manhattan — she's an absolute Doberman pinscher when it comes to fending off questions about her baby. Earlier this year she adopted a biracial baby, Claudia Rose. She says the six-month-old infant is just beginning to sleep through the night and that she herself is finally getting some solid rest. But that's about all she says. Did Pfeiffer get the idea to adopt a biracial baby after playing a woman who has an interracial love affair in the movie "Love Field'? "Actually, no." Can she disclose the baby's racial background? "You know, it's really personal and I'd rather not." Does she worry about her daughter being exposed to racism when she gets older? "You know, I don't really want to discuss my relationship with her." If there ever was an Age of Innocence with the press, Pfeiffer clearly would like this moment to be it. What she will discuss with a certain bloom of happiness is her engagement to David Kelley, who created TVs "Picket Fences." The pair plan to marry next spring. Let us show you a Texas youVe never seen before. of (jralveston n Ji Enter the Galveston Daily news "RENAISSANCE SCRAMBLE" Weekly Prize! Family Pack (4) Tickets to 19th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival! Wloer het bwairrdedg. CONTEST RULES: 1) Unscramble the Medieval word, phrase or name. 2) Mail completed entry form to address on form. Entries must be recieved by Monday at 5 pm. 3) One weekly winner will be drawn from all correct entries 4) Winner will be announced in this paper every Wednesday _5)J>(o purchase necessary; form jiyailable at 8522 Teichman Rd., Galveston. THIS WEEK'S SOLUTION: Name: Address: City, Zip: Daytime Ph #: | Entries must be received by Monday; 5pm. MAIL TO: P.O. 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