Michelle Pfeiffer's Adoption Separated 'The Boys From The Men'

05/05/2009 at 03:00 PM ET
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When Michelle Pfeiffer found herself divorced and newly single at 35, the thought of not having children never entered her mind. With her heart set on having a family, she knew she “wasn’t going to not have children because I wasn’t married,” she tells Telegraph. Turning to adoption, Michelle began the proceedings to adopt a baby girl and, two months later, was introduced to her future husband, David E. Kelley.

“I was nervous about telling him, but I thought, this will separate the boys from the men.”

Taking the news in stride, David quickly embraced the idea of a future family with Michelle and her new baby girl, Claudia Rose, now 15. Fortunately, life settled down to an easy pace for the threesome — who later welcomed son John Henry, now 14 — as the actress admits things couldn’t have worked out any better for all involved. “I think it actually made me love [David] more,” she says of the adoption.

Life as a mother of two has certainly come with its fair share of lessons, says Michelle. “I think children teach you [to not be controlling],” she admits. “Because you can’t control them — the more you try, the more you make matters worse.” However, as much as Michelle was willing to accept the changes life often throws out, the constant unexpected run-ins with pursuing paparazzi forced the actress to draw the line; The family of four left Los Angeles and headed for the hills: a ranch on the northern end of the state.

Where there was once a life filled with busy streets and endless shops, Michelle now finds herself living one in which she prefers to stay put, “like a hermit.” However, for now, her world is far from that of a hermit … and she’s not complaining!

“Being a mother has helped me get out in the world and make friends I would never have made; it’s enriched my life in so many ways, other than just having these two wonderful creatures at home to entertain me. It’s opened my world, in a way.”

Source: Telegraph

— Anya

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Lis on

So is her son biological? NOT that it makes a difference, I am just asking out of utter curiousity 😉

Sarah K. on

Lis, yup her son is biological.

She seems like such a good mother. Good for her, taking the kids out of L.A.!

Sammy-xx on

Claudie Rose is such a beautiful name, she is a beautiful girl.
Michelle isone of the most beautiful woman I have ever seen and is such a great actress. I love hearing updates about her.

DJE on

I love what she said about her hubby. My man is such a great dad to our 9 kids that it makes me love him more when I watch him with them. We have 2 biological and 7 adopted children. Most of our adopted kids are handicapped and it does take a real man who is selfless to be sucha great Daddy!! They have really opened up our world! She seems like a great mom. thanks for sharing Michelle.

melissa on

first off..I love Michelle..She is truly an amazing person and actress! and DGE what you wrote is absolutely awesome & beautiful!

Marie on

To DJE, you are very special woman. As an adoptee myself. I thank you for adopting seven children. I thank my parents for adopting me every day. They are more real to me then any person that gave birth to me.

BeckyPeabody on

She is quite lovely. Inside and out. And both of her kids are beautiful and have a spark.