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Three Reasons to Love Dustin Hoffman (Even More)

Posted July 16, 2013 by Katherine Toll in Leaders We Adore
I sat riveted in front of each Academy Awards ceremony since I was….like…oh…9-ish. I grew to know Dustin Hoffman well over the years with his regular Oscar nominations… and wins… and acceptance speeches… and then his next year’s appearance to present that year’s Best Actress award.

I loved his quirk. I loved his self-deprecating humor. And, I LOVED his talent. He was the elusive ‘everyman’ in a sea of movie stars. He made mere mortals believe they could appear on the big screen someday.

So, last week everyone was somewhat shocked when an American Film Institute interview of Hoffman’s went viral. The big question people asked is why was everyone so touched by these three minutes and ten seconds? 

Well, for starters Hoffman explains how prior to accepting the role of Tootsie, he needed to know if he would legitimately pass for a women on the streets of New York. Columbia Picture’s agreed to invest the money to ‘doll him up’ and kick him out onto 5th Avenue. Later, when Hoffman watched his own female debut here’s what he discovered:

Pretty Woman, he wasn’t. Hoffman explains,

I was shocked that I wasn’t more attractive. I told them now you have me looking like a woman; now make me look more beautiful because I thought I should be more beautiful.

 Sorry Charlie, but that’s as good as it gets. Hoffman responded,

I know that if I met myself at a party I would never talk to that character because she didn’t fulfill, physically, the demands of what we’re brought up to think women are supposed to have in order for us to ask her out.

 Alas, his ‘aha moment’ happens. That evening Hoffman tells his wife,

There are too many interesting woman I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.

This is a CGN ‘man who gets it.’ Welcome, Mr. Hoffman. We are delighted to have your join the ranks!  

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Katherine Toll

Katherine (Kathi) Toll possesses more than 20 years of management and consulting experience within the retail and beauty industry. Her industry experience combined with her special brand of irreverence fuels her mission to find the ‘must-have’ beauty products for Career Girls of all ages. She aspires to remind women the airbrushed perfection of the beauty industry must be tempered with a healthy dose of humor. Kathi holds a general management certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, along with an undergraduate degree from Northwestern’s School of Communications.