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Michelle Pfeiffer & David E Kelley Have Been Married for 29 Years — They Share Two Children

Bettina Dizon
Feb 10, 2022
01:43 P.M.
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Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley are stars in their own rights in the entertainment industry, and although married for 29 years, they refuse to work together. The actress believes it is key to maintaining a good relationship.

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Michelle Pfeiffer is a name that appeared on several notable film credits, not to mention her shoutout in Bruno Mars' hit song "Uptown Funk." Her recognized roles include clique leader Stephanie Zinone in "Grease 2," temptress Madame de Tourvel in "Dangerous Liaisons," and singer in "The Fabulous Baker Boys."

The last two films even got Pfeiffer Oscar nominations and several positive critics. But despite living with the industry's glam and fame, the actress avoids speaking too much about herself. Instead, she enjoys living a quiet life with her husband of 29 years, David E. Kelly, and their adult children.

A side-by-side photo of Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley from years ago and recently. | Source: Getty Images and Instagram/MichellePfeifferOfficial

A side-by-side photo of Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley from years ago and recently. | Source: Getty Images and Instagram/MichellePfeifferOfficial

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TWO HOLLYWOOD GEMS

While Pfeiffer starred in blockbuster movies like "Scarface" and "Batman Returns," Kelley worked as a television writer and producer with several popular series such as "The Practice," "Ally McBeal," "Chicago Hope," "Pretty Little Lies," "Nine Perfect Strangers," "Goliath," and "L.A. Law."

Kelley landed in his career as a writer and producer somewhat haphazardly. In 1979, Kelley earned his J.D. at Boston University Law School four years later, following his graduation from Princeton.

A job practicing real estate and minor criminal law cases followed, but Kelley soon tired of the type of work and decided to write a screenplay. After obtaining an agent in 1986, the script landed in front of Steven Bochco.

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The well-known television producer just happened to be looking for legal-minded writers at the time, and Kelley's script impressed him. Soon after, Kelley started as the story editor on the then-new drama series "L.A. Law."

On the other hand, Pfeiffer dreamed of acting as a profession since her young years. Although her father was skeptical about going into uncharted waters, she pursued a career in the industry by joining a beauty pageant, knowing a judge was also a talent scout. The rest is history.

Although both professionals, Pfeiffer and Kelley choose to separate their work lives. In a previous interview with The New Yorker, Pfeiffer disclosed the reason behind their preference, implying it was what was best for their marriage. She said:

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"I've seen a lot of couples where they seem to have a really great marriage, and then they work together, and next year, they're filing for divorce."

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THEIR LASTING LOVE

Pfeiffer married Kelley in 1993, her second time to walk down the aisle. In 1981, she tied the knot with her first husband, Peter Horton, but eventually divorced in 1988. "I married Peter at a very young age," Pfeiffer said, revealing the reason behind her failed marriage.

Now already in her 60s, Pfeiffer still looks as radiant as ever. When it comes to her timeless beauty, she credits her long-lasting marriage as the reason behind it.

"I'm not the same person I was then," she added. "I forget I was even married before. Her second shot at love proved to be the right one as she and her husband are approaching their third decade together. Pfeiffer credits her daughter, Claudia, for testing their relationship initially.

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David E. Kelley and Michelle Pfeiffer arrive to the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "New Year's Eve" on December 5, 2011, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images.

David E. Kelley and Michelle Pfeiffer arrive to the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "New Year's Eve" on December 5, 2011, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images.

WELCOMING CLAUDIA

The couple had only been dating for around two months when Pfeiffer's adoption of her daughter Claudia went through. Immediately, they became parents who had to navigate life raising a daughter while making their relationship work. The situation showed a side of Kelley that Pfeiffer definitely approved of. She said:

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"I really got to see him in a situation that certainly would separate the boys from the men. Obviously, he really rose to the occasion."

A year after Claudia entered their lives, Pfeiffer and her Waterville, Maine-born husband welcomed their second child and son, John. At that point, Pfeiffer knew her priorities had changed, so she took years off from starring in movies to focus on raising her children.

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ALL GROWN UP

It seemed that Claudia and John grew up to be well-rounded people. According to her mother, as reported by News Week, "[Claudia is] a force to be reckoned with, and an amazing human being. I wanted her to be a really independent, outspoken young woman, and I sure got that!"

The award-winning star sometimes posts photos with her children on Instagram, with a recent one showing their childhood snaps. Pfeifer could not help but gush about her kids, claiming that they gave her life meaning. She said:

"I love these two rascals. From the moment they were born, they gave me and continue to give my life a depth of meaning beyond measure."

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Fans were also delighted to have a glimpse of Pfeiffer's personal life as they commented positively on her post. Many left heart emojis and admired the star's commitment to keeping her kids safe through privacy.

MARITAL BLISS AND BEAUTY

Now already in her 60s, Pfeiffer still looks as radiant as ever. When it comes to her timeless beauty, she credits her long-lasting marriage as the reason behind it. Being happy keeps her youthful, and Kelley gives her great joy in life, as she gushed:

"I've never met a person who has more integrity than my husband. There's his humor and intelligence, too, and he's really cute — all those things."

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Most recently, the 62-year-old took to social media and shared her hair transformation with followers. Although she kept the length, they turned from blond to red.

In preparation for her role as Frances Price, Pfeiffer's new look emphasized her natural beauty and showed her career still going strong after she began in the industry in 1979.

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