Gaby Hoffmann
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Gaby Hoffmann
Gabriella Mary "Gaby" Hoffmann is an American actress.
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Best new artist: Some celebrities wrote their first checks to candidates in 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Alec Baldwin (right) won a Golden Globe in 2007 for his work on "30 Rock" and posed with Donald Trump, actress Tina Fey and Melania Trump. Nine years later Baldwin played Trump on Saturday Night Live -- but he contributed to no presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) BY: Andrew Mayersohn The Hollywood liberal has been a stock figure in American politics for decades. Conservative politicians have long denounced or mocked the alleged political influence of musicians, TV stars, and Golden Globe recipients. While the entertainment industry does indeed lean well to the left, though, most of that money comes from producers and media magnates, not the people you see on screen. The only household names in the entertainment industry to make our list of top 100 donors in 2016 were Jeffrey Katzenberg of Dreamworks and the conservative McMahons of the WWE (and, now, the Small Business Administration). In terms of the "talent," though, the same handful of politically aware celeb ...
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'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann
NPR - about 2 months
Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel and appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child. She says she initially saw acting as "a means to an end." Originally broadcast Oct. 10, 2016.
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'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann
NPR - 4 months
Hoffman grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end."
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'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann
NPR - 4 months
Hoffman grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end."
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'Transparent' Asks Viewers To Rethink The Gendered Language We Use
Huffington Post - 5 months
Identity is big on “Transparent,” a series that shows various Pfeffermans striving (selfishly) to find their places in family, work and romance. In Season 3, a handful of small moments illuminate the often strong impact of verbal identifiers ― that is, language. Particularly nouns and pronouns. Early on in Season 3, Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) ends up in a hospital bed. Her family appears at her side and corrects the doctor when he uses male pronouns to update the group on Maura’s progress. But still, she’s distracted by a chart on the wall, labeling her “M” for “male,” which no one changes. Later, at a family dinner, Maura makes an announcement: She no longer wants her children, Sarah (Amy Landecker), Ali (Gaby Hoffmann) and Josh (Jay Duplass), to call her “Moppa,” the “Mom” and “Poppa” amalgam they created for her, but rather “Mom.” Amazon’s comedy series shows the transgender Maura face-to-face with people either unfamiliar with gender identity ― the idea that someone may identif ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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Here Are All The 2016 Emmy Award Winners
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s TV’s biggest night and, once again, “Game of Thrones” is your best bet for Sunday night’s big winner, since the HBO show leads the 68th annual Emmy Awards with 23 nominations, followed closely by “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” with 22 noms.  Yes, tonight is the night when all your favorite shows and stars will battle it out live from the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Though we are fairly certain “GoT” will dominate in the Outstanding Drama category, the show is up against “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Mr. Robot,” “Downton Abbey,” ”Better Call Saul” and “The Americans” for the top honor. Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the award show in 2012, returns as this year’s host.  He warned People that his famous friends should consider themselves targets for good natured ridicule, since he knows they’ll be able to handle it.  “The people with whom I’m actually friendly are in the most danger usually because I know they can take a joke,” Kimm ...
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25 Famous Women on Body Image
Huffington Post - 6 months
(Photo: Getty Images, BFA) By Julie Ma It's never been easy for women to deal with ever-mutating standards of female beauty. But in the golden age of social media, where anonymous troll armies roam the internet, body-shaming people on whim, dealing with these standards has reached a whole new level of crazy -- and nobody understands the pressures more than those who live in the public eye. Everyone from Olympic athletes to first daughters has been put through the wringer. In March, President Obama even commented on the issue, telling Time, "I mean when you're a dad of two daughters you notice more ... the enormous pressure that young women are placed under in terms of looking a certain way. And being cute in a certain way. And are you wearing the right clothes? And is your hair done the right way ... it's part and parcel of a broader way in which we socialize and press women to constantly doubt themselves or define themselves in terms of a certain appearance." Related: 30 ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gaby Hoffmann
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 32
    Hoffmann has a daughter, Rosemary, born in November 2014, with longtime boyfriend, cinematographer Chris Dapkins.
    More Details Hide Details She lives in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. Year! Award! Category! Production!
  • 2013
    Age 31
    In October 2013, she starred in the 1910s installment of Vanity Fair's The Decades Series, "The First March", directed by Gilly Barnes.
    More Details Hide Details Hoffmann has discussed her full frontal nude scenes in a few of her recent projects including Crystal Fairy, Girls and the Amazon series Transparent. On nudity, Hoffmann said: "People are obsessed with actresses being hairless, fatless Barbie dolls. They can’t imagine that people would want to be anything other than that. When they are, it's looked at as almost a political statement. Look at Lena Dunham. She is a gorgeous woman and people can't stop talking about how brave she is to show herself naked, which I find totally condescending and ridiculous. If Angelina Jolie was naked onscreen no one would say she was brave. The implication is that Lena's brave because she doesn't look the way she's supposed to look. I think that's a shame." Jill Soloway wrote the role Hoffmann plays in Transparent for her after seeing her performance on Louis C.K.'s third season of Louie.
    In 2013, she completed work on the lead role of a Web series entitled Lyle, created by Stewart Thorndike and Jill Soloway.
    More Details Hide Details It was shot in NYC. She subsequently acquired an apartment in Brooklyn's Fort Greene section.
    While shooting the 2013 film Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus in Chile, Hoffmann and costar Michael Cera took mescaline for her performance in a climactic scene.
    More Details Hide Details Recent guest appearances have been in the television series Louie and Girls in Season 3. Hoffmann said that she will be coming back in season 4 of Girls.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 27
    In 2009, Hoffmann had a supporting role in Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime, and the thriller 13 with Mickey Rourke (released in 2010).
    More Details Hide Details More recently, Hoffmann has starred alongside Michael Cera in Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus (2013).
  • 2008
    Age 26
    Later in 2008, Hoffmann appeared in the documentary Chelsea on the Rocks, which is a tribute to the Chelsea Hotel where she grew up.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Abel Ferrara, the documentary highlights the many personalities and artistic voices that have emerged from the legendary residence.
    In 2008, she appeared in Guest of Cindy Sherman, a documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman.
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  • 2007
    Age 25
    In 2007, she starred in the film Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America.
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  • 2006
    Age 24
    She also appeared in the Broadway play Suburbia, alongside Kieran Culkin and Jessica Capshaw at the Second Stage Theatre on 43rd Street in New York City, which ran from September to October 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Hoffmann then returned to the 24 Hours Plays where she acted alongside Jennifer Aniston. Since 2007, Hoffmann has made a gradual return to film acting.
  • 2005
    Age 23
    In late 2005, she starred in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
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  • 2003
    Age 21
    Between 2003 and 2007, Hoffmann largely concentrated on a theatre career in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Roles included 24 Hour Plays (as Denise at the American Airlines Theatre), The Sugar Syndrome (Williamstown Theatre Festival – July/August 2005), and Third (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater/Lincoln Center Theater – September – December 2005).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 14
    Between 1996 and 2001, Hoffmann landed roles in several films including Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Volcano (1997), Snapped (1998), The Hairy Bird (1998), 200 Cigarettes (1999), Coming Soon (1999), Black & White (1999), You Can Count on Me (2000), and Perfume (2001).
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  • 1995
    Age 13
    In 1995, Hoffmann played Andrea Eagerton in the CBS TV film Whose Daughter Is She?
    More Details Hide Details In the same year as Freaky Friday, Hoffmann starred in the coming-of-age comedy, Now and Then, with her older counterpart played by Demi Moore. She played as Young Samantha.
    After Someone Like Me, Hoffmann won the lead role in the 1995 TV film Freaky Friday, a remake of the 1976 film of the same name starring Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris.
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  • 1994
    Age 12
    In 1994, Hoffmann was given the starring role in her own sitcom Someone Like Me (on NBC) about a young girl, Gaby, and her dysfunctional family.
    More Details Hide Details Although generally well received, the show only lasted six episodes. Publicity work for the show included personal appearances by Hoffmann on late night talk shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.
    When Hoffmann was 11, after leaving the Chelsea, Hoffmann and her mother moved to the west coast to a two-bedroom rented house in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California which ended up being badly damaged in the January 17, 1994 Northridge earthquake.
    More Details Hide Details While regrouping their living situation, Gaby and her mother temporarily lived at The Oceana Suites Hotel in Santa Monica. After she graduated from Calabasas High School in 1999, Hoffmann followed her half-sister's example and entered New York's Bard College to pursue a degree in literature. Starting in 2001, she put her acting career on hold to complete her studies. She graduated in 2003, and then spent much of her 20s drifting. She interned with a chef in Italy, and then trained to be a doula after helping deliver her sister Alex's children. For a time, Hoffmann and a boyfriend lived in an old trailer in the Catskills. Hoffmann began her acting career at the age of four to help pay the family bills by acting in commercials. However, she grew tired of the rigorous schedules and temporarily retired. Nevertheless, upon hearing that Macaulay Culkin was making a lot of money from his movies her "competitive spirit got the best of her," as she later put it, and she re-entered the profession. In 1989, she starred in her first movie, Field of Dreams, with Kevin Costner. She followed this up with 1989's Uncle Buck with John Candy (as well as Macaulay Culkin) and then went on to star in This Is My Life (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993) with Tom Hanks and The Man Without a Face with Mel Gibson.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1993
    Age 11
    Hoffmann and her mother left the Chelsea Hotel in July 1993 after a long-standing dispute with the management, but the hotel ended up featuring prominently in Hoffmann's future. The idea for the 1994 sitcom Someone Like Me originated after Gail Berman (former president of Viacom's Paramount Pictures), the show's producer, read a New York Times article about the hotel which referred to a children's book which Viva and friend Jane Lancellotti wrote entitled Gaby at the Chelsea (a take on Kay Thompson's 1950s classic Eloise books).
    More Details Hide Details On her childhood: "I grew up in downtown New York in the '80s. I have a friend who grew up with me, and she puts it well. She says, 'If you grew up where we grew up, if you weren't an artist, a drag queen, queer, or a drug addict, then you were the freak.' I grew up in a world where I guess what is considered unusual or abnormal for the rest of America was very much considered the norm."
    Until 1993, Hoffmann lived in Manhattan's fabled, now landmarked, Chelsea Hotel, which Hoffmann later said she enjoyed.
    More Details Hide Details According to Hoffmann, she and her best friend Talya Shomron would roller-skate in the hallways, spy on the drug dealer across the hall, and persuade the bellman to go to the neighborhood deli at night and get them ice cream.
  • 1982
    Age 0
    An entry dated January 10, 1982, two days after Hoffmann was born, says that a friend of Warhol's telephoned Warhol and told him that they were going to the Chelsea Hotel to see Viva and her new baby.
    More Details Hide Details Hoffmann's mother was raised in a devout Catholic family on Long Island, the daughter of a well-known attorney. She was previously married to director Michel Auder in 1969, and Hoffmann has a half-sister, Alexandra "Alex" Auder, who is 11 years older. Auder is a yoga teacher in New York City. Hoffman's biological father was raised in Wiggins, Mississippi by his own maternal grandparents. Herrera died in 2011 from cancer. Hoffmann attended P.S. 3 on Hudson Street in the West Village, then another school in Hell's Kitchen. After she moved to Los Angeles in 1994, she attended the prestigious Buckley School, before finally graduating from Calabasas High School in 1999.
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