Gratuitous Anecdote! I've always loved to draw and in my high school years it's what people knew me for. I won the High School's Departmental Award in Art (Do they still have departmental awards? Hell, do they still have art classes?) in that heady stretch of graduation celebrations where they keep honoring star pupils. One day early in my senior year or maybe it was at the end of my junior year, the art teacher asked one of the students to pose for the class. A guy I didn't know volunteered and I felt totally inspired. Instant crushing helps. He loved my drawing and we became fast friends after the class. The first day I went to his house after school I was stunned to see a whole house full of doppelgangers. He had one of those families where virtually every kid looked like a clone of the previous one and since he was the oldest they were all mini hims. And, yes, there was an actual set of twins to drive the point home. Have you ever met an identical family like that? It's kind of freaky.
I flashed back to that memory while screening The Witches of Eastwick for its 25th anniversary week and smiling at Michelle Pfeiffer's introduction where a whole stream of authentically blonde children follow after like a trail of baby ducklings. There are two sets of siblings amongst these child actors who never worked again (perhaps they were locales?). The three towhead girls were played by sisters, surname "Ditmar" -- I couldn't find any information about them as they never acted again but if they're not triplets, there's a twin set in there!
Michelle Pfeiffer is so fertile ...onscreen. In real life the movie legend has only two children but onscreen her progeny number two dozen plus. For such a legendary beauty, Pfeiffer was never scared of screen parenting despite the widespread belief that you risk aging yourself out of leading lady roles when you start playing moms onscreen. La Pfeiffer didn't just dip her toe in to test the water but dove in headfirst becoming a mom onscreen for the first time in The Witches of Eastwick (she was only 28 years old while filming) not once not twice not thrice but six times over. And at the end of the movie Sukie Ridgemont had even had a seventh child, her first boy.
Daryl: Sukie, at last we meet.
Sukie: Hi. Hello. How are you?
Daryl: Let me look at those eyes of yours. My! You are a fertile little creature, aren't you?
Sukie: [uncomfortable laughter] Thank you... I think."
-The Devil meets Sukie in The Witches of Eastwick.
Pfeiffer's 27 Screen Children in the order I tend to remember them
- Alison Lohman - White Oleander (2002)
- Jonathan Jackson & Cory Buck - The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
- Saoirse Ronan - I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)
- Six Blonde Girls (Michele Sincavage, Nicol Sincavage, Heather Coleman, Carolyn Ditmars, Cynthia Ditmars and Christine Ditmars)- The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
- Claire Danes - To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)
- Brittany Snow - Hairspray (2007)
- Anthony J Nici - Married to the Mob (1988)
- Katharine Towne - What Lies Beneath (2000)
- Ryan Merriman & Michael McElroy - The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
- Chlöe Grace Moretz - Dark Shadows (2012)
- Alex D Linz - One Fine Day (1996)
- Casey Boersma & Dylan Boersma (twins!), Daniel Henson & Jake Sandqiv (1999)
- Colleen Rennison & Tara Blanchard - The Story of Us (1999)
- Chase McKenzie Bebak - I Am Sam (2001)
- infant - The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
- Elisabeth Moss and Michelle Williams - A Thousand Acres (1997)
- infant - Amazon Women on the Moon (1987, her scene is a hospital delivery sequence if I recall correctly?)
the only one I haven't seen
- Spencer Hudson - Personal Effects (2009)
- Chris Pine - People Like Us (2012). Yes, she's technically old enough to have a 32 year old son. But her real children are not yet 20.
- Who will play her children in in the upcoming comedy Malavita (2013) ?