Last night under the glittering lights of Los Angeles, a bevy of beautiful stars were in attendance for the premiere of Stardust, which opens across the country on August 10th. And in a town that prides itself on being at the cutting edge of beauty and youth, this movie highlighted the success that aging stars such as Michelle Pfeiffer have been able to achieve while bucking the trend.
The Dangerous Minds actress' role encompasses an old witch preying on the youth to steal their inner power, with co-star Claire Danes playing the perfect foil. Transforming Pfeiffer from star to hag was a four hour process that included wigs, cosmetics, prosthetics, and fake liver spots.
At the film's premiere, the female cast members certainly stole the show with their sleek designer dresses and added glitz, but it would be foolish to ignore the masculine draw of several attendees.
Robert De Niro, always a crowd favorite, plays the role of a gay pirate in the movie and was in attendance, accompanied by his wife Grace. Another significant other in the crowd was David E. Kelly, producer of the hit TV show Boston Legal and husband to Pfeiffer.
When Pfeiffer was asked about her views concerning the current trend of casting “beautiful youths” in Hollywood and how older celebrities are reacting, she was extremely blunt and articulate.
"It's affecting a lot of people these days," Pfeiffer said with a sigh. "Even men are falling prey to it a lot more than they used to. But it's the worst on women. A lot of times women are put out to pasture right when they're hitting their stride."
With a string of successes behind her that make most big screen stars salivate, we look forward to her ongoing success and hope that Stardust continues the tradition of excellence that Ms Pfeiffer has achieved.
Enjoy the pictures of Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kate Mara and Robert De Niro at the Los Angeles Stardust premiere (July 29).