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Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley Marriage Profile


Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley

Writer/producer David E. Kelley and actress Michelle Pfeiffer arrive to the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' New Year's Eve at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 5, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

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Saying it is important to tend to their marriage, Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley make time for each other away from their kids to talk and to just connect. They also have a date night every week.


Michelle Marie Pfeiffer: April 29, 1958 in Santa Ana, California.
Source: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.

David Edward Kelley: April 4, 1956 in Waterville, Maine.

How David and Michelle Met:

Friends arranged for Michelle and David to meet on a blind date, but Michelle changed it to going bowling with other friends so they wouldn't be alone.
Dominic Wills: "Michelle was set up on a blind date with him but, not wanting to be alone with the guy, changed it to a bowling excursion with a group of friends. Both being shy, they said little to each other, but Kelley called later and invited her to a screening of Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula."
Source: Dominic Wills. "Michelle Pfeiffer." TalkTalk.co.uk.
Michelle: "We really had to work at making conversation."
Josh Levine. David E. Kelley: The Man Behind Ally McBeal. 1999. pg. 33.

Wedding Information and Date:

David and Michelle were married on November 13, 1993 in a double-ring ceremony in Santa Barbara, California. According to a November 18, 1993 edition of the Gadsden Times [pg. C1], Michelle "wore an off-white, antique lace dress."
Josh Levine: "That David happily accepted the idea of adoption helped to seal their romance. As a result, he was there from the start to become the father of baby Claudia. Claudia's christening was planned for November 1993 and Michelle sent out about seventy invitations to close friends and family. The day before the christening she phoned all the guests and cried, 'Surprise! It's a wedding!'"
Source: Josh Levine. David E. Kelley: The Man Behind Ally McBeal. 1999. pg. 34.


David and Michelle have two children.
  • Claudia Rose Kelley: Born in 1993.
  • John Henry Kelley: Born in 1994.
Michelle: "The adoption process was already in motion when he and I met ...So we had this child with us right away, and most people don't have that. But I really got to see him in a situation that certainly would separate the boys from the men. ... So we both got to see each other as parents before we progressed in our relationship together, and in a strange way, it took the pressure off us, as a couple. We had something else to focus on." Source: Liz Smith. "Michelle Pfeiffer -- What She Did for Love." GoodHouseKeeping.com. 7/2007.


Michelle: Actress, singer, producer, model.

David: Writer, producer, attorney.

Michelle on working with your spouse: "I just feel like I cherish our marriage so much and I've seen -- I've seen a lot of relationships in the past kind of be -- people who had been together for years and then they work together and it's over. And you're like what happened? And I feel like -- it's like, I don't know, a church and state for me. I sort of don't want to mix the two ... I just sort of don't want to jinx it. Doesn't mean that we won't at some point."
Source: "Sanjay Gupta Talks to Michelle Pfeiffer." Cnn.com. 6/4/2012.


David and Michelle live in Woodside, California.
Liz Smith: "She and Kelley recently moved to a rural corner of northern California, so their kids could have a life untouched by the lunacy of Los Angeles, on a spread surrounded by three dogs, a cat, horses, and a pair of miniature donkeys."
Source: Liz Smith. "Michelle Pfeiffer -- What She Did for Love." GoodHouseKeeping.com. 7/2007.
Michelle: "We just wanted a change, hence the move to Nothern California. And it's beautiful and ever so slightly slower than L.A. There's a much more diverse community of people from different walks of life. And now we can have horses and property and my daughter can ride. So it's a lifestyle change."
Source: "Pfeiffer Left L.A. To Escape Paparazzi. ContactMusic.com. 7/12/2007.

Previous Marriages:

Michelle was previously married to actor and director Peter Horton who she met in an acting class. They were married from October 5, 1981 to October 1988. Horton married Nicole Deputron in 1995.
Dominic Wills: "They [Michelle and Peter] had grown away from each other, particularly as her confidence was higher and she no longer needed controlling. And the split was amicable -- he even helped pack her car."
Source: Dominic Wills. "Michelle Pfeiffer." TalkTalk.co.uk.

Quotes About the Marriage of David Kelley and Michelle Pfeiffer:

Michelle Pfeiffer: "Well, I think we're really compatible and just different enough to keep it interesting. We respect each other a lot. And we have, you know, our morals are really in sync. And we sort of prioritize work and family in the same way. And, you know, I just think that -- and I think ultimately we just, you know, really, really respect each other."
Source: "Sanjay Gupta Talks to Michelle Pfeiffer." Cnn.com. 6/4/2012.

Michelle: "Well, what happened is that our honeymoon period got stuck in a state of arrested development, so that it sort of feels like we're still in that phase. We never got a chance to get tired of each other, because we were constantly distracted. We never had that moment of lookin at each other and thinking, Well, I'm not so sure about you after all... There's never been that disillusionment. But we do tend to our marriage; it's not something we take for granted. We still have a regular date night every week."
Source: Liz Smith. "Michelle Pfeiffer -- What She Did for Love." GoodHouseKeeping.com. 7/2007.

Michelle: "Here's the truth: When we first got together, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. And it never did. It never has. I just couldn't believe it could be true that he was such a decent person. And then, he actually has this very wicked sense of humor. And he is so gifted and really bright. It just blew me away."
Source: Liz Smith. "Michelle Pfeiffer -- What She Did for Love." GoodHouseKeeping.com. 7/2007.

Michelle: "He's so cute," Michelle has said about the hubby who sends her fowers, usually gardenias, every day. "I pinch myself every day. Whenever I go anywhere with him, I feel like the luckiest girl in the room."
Source: Josh Levine. David E. Kelley: The Man Behind Ally McBeal. 1999. pg. 34.

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