‘I never celebrate Women’s Day’
Yet, the occasion holds a special place in actor Michelle Pfeiffer’s heart
Hollywood actor Michelle Pfeiffer, 52, is in a pensive mood this Woman’s Day. “A woman’s mind is the most difficult to read and understand,” she says.
Ask the Catwoman of Hollywood what significance this day holds for her, and she says, “I never celebrate Women’s Day. Yet, this day has a special corner in my heart. The reason is that I develop a strong feeling of eternal bonding among members of the fairer sex on this particular day. The privileged, middle-class and underprivileged, all come under one umbrella on Women’s Day.”
The What Lies Beneath star says a true woman is “one who is independent, dedicated and with one mind and face.” She adds, “I strongly abhor dubious and double-faced women, as they are a menace to society and progressive attitudes.”
Pfeiffer laments on how womanhood has undergone a change over the 30 years of her career. “When I joined films, women were were understanding, caring and had a lot of patience. The woman of the 70s and 80s is still the one I admire and respect the most. She was the symbol of all essential female qualities, which she inherited from her earlier generations of the 40s, 50s and 60s. She transgressed social and religious barriers, making herself more objective and decisive.” The woman of today, she thinks, “is definitely more advanced in certain ways, but lacks the eternal motherly and serene qualities of her predecessors. She appears a rebel without a cause. She is more interested in immediate results without thoughts of the future.” Her ideal woman? “Florence Nightingale, the lady with the lamp. She remains the perfect example of dignity, grace and noble mission.”
(As told to Ranjan Das Gupta)