Mind and body

It’s a long journey from winning a Californian beauty pageant to carrying one of America’s b'ggest box office hits of 1995. but the success of Dangerous Mind: has given Michelle Pfeiffer more Hollywood clout than ever. Alan Morrison and Anwar Brett speak to an actress who’s really beginning to hit her stride.


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