Gaby Hoffmann is an American film and television actress, who has been entertaining the audience with her brilliant performance since the age of four. Raised by a single mother at the Chelsea Hotel, New York City, she had a unique upbringing, being surrounded by free spirited artists, writers and photographers since her birth. Talking about those days, she later said, “We were ensconced in art and progressive thinking… A huge emphasis was placed on creativity, and our artistic efforts were never dismissed as childish.” Beginning her career with commercials at the age of four, she appeared in five films by the age of eleven, thereafter moving to California, where she continued with her profession. Concurrently, she had her formal education, eventually graduating from New York's Bard College at the age of twenty-two. Thereafter, she drifted a little, interning with a chef in Italy and receiving training to be a doula, before returning to acting. Today she is a successful actress, best known for her roles in films like ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘Now and Then’ as well as in television productions like ‘Transparent’ and ‘Girls’.
Childhood & Early Life
Gabrielle Mary Hoffmann was born on January 8, 1982, in Manhattan, New York City, USA to actors Viva (born Janet Susan Mary Hoffmann) and Anthony Herrera. She was their only child; but because her parents separated shortly after her birth, she was raised singlehandedly by her mother.
For the first eleven years of her life, she lived in an apartment at the Chelsea Hotel with her mother and half-sister Alexandra, born out of her mother’s earlier marriage to Michel Auder. During this period, the family often lived on welfare.
To earn some extra cash, Gabby began to appear in commercials from the age of four, debuting in films at the age of seven. Concurrently, she continued her education, first entering an elementary school, P.S. 3, in the West Village, later moving to the Professional Children's School in Hell's Kitchen.
In 1993, her mother was sued by the Chelsea Hotel for not paying the monthly rent of $920 for two years, eventually being evicted in 1994. Thereafter, they moved to Los Angeles, where she was first enrolled at the Buckley School and later moved to Calabasas High School.
In 1999, she graduated from Calabasas High School and entered New York's Bard College with literature and writing. All the while, she continued to act, studying in between projects. Finally in 2001, she decided to concentrate on her education and graduated in 2004.
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Beginning her career with commercials at the age of four, Gaby Hoffmann debuted in film in 1989, appearing as Karin Kinsella in 'Field of Dreams' and starring as Maizy Russell in 'Uncle Buck'. However, the rigor of her schedules proved too much for her and she temporarily retired from acting.
By early 1990s, her competitive spirit got better of her. On hearing that her ‘Uncle Buck’ co-star, Macaulay Culkin, was making a lot of money, she decided to return to the sets, starring as Opal Ingels in the 1992 film 'This Is My Life'.
In 1993, she starred as Jessica in ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and as Megan Norstadt in ‘The Man Without A Face’. In the following year, she debuted in television, appearing as herself in her own sitcom, ‘Someone Like Me’. Although it was generally well-liked, only five of its episodes were aired.
In 1995, she starred as young Samantha Albertson in the coming-of-age film, ‘Now and Then’. Also in the same year, she appeared in two television films, ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Whose Daughter Is She?'
In 1996, she appeared in ‘Everyone Says I Love You’. It was followed in 1997 by ‘Volcano’, in 1998 by ‘Snapped’ and ‘The Hairy Bird’ and in 1999 by ‘200 Cigarettes’, ‘Coming Soon’ and ‘Black & White’.
In early 2000s, she appeared in two films; ‘You Can Count on Me’ (2000), and ‘Perfume’ (2001), thereafter deciding to concentrate on her college education. However from 2003 onwards, she began appearing on stage and in 2005, starred in the 'The Good Child' episode of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'.
In 2007, she returned to the big screen with the documentary film, ‘Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America'. In the following year, she appeared in, 'Chelsea on the Rocks', a documentary on her childhood home, Chelsea Hotel.
In 2009, she appeared as Wanda in the comedy-film, ‘Life During Wartime’ and as Dr. Sally Eastman in the pilot episode of 'The Eastmans’. It was followed by ‘13’ in 2010; ‘Wolfe with an E’, ‘Confidante’ and ‘The Surrogate Mary’ in 2011 and ‘Nate & Margaret’ in 2012.
In 2013, she returned as a star with 'Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus' and ‘Goodbye World’. , Concurrently, she continued to do episodic work on television, appearing as Caroline Sackler in eight episodes of ‘Girls’ from 2014 to 2017.
Since 2014, she has also been working in web television series ‘Transparent’, appearing in it as Alexandria Pfefferman. Her last released film was 'Manhattan Romance' (2015), starring in it in the role of Emmy.
Gaby Hoffmann is best known for her role of Alexandria "Ali" Pfefferman in the popular comedy-drama web television series, ‘Transparent’. Appearing in it as a series regular, she not only received great critical acclaim, but also Emmy Awards and Screen Actor Guild Awards nominations for her powerful performance.
Family & Personal Life
Since 2012, Gaby Hoffmann is in a long-time relationship with cinematographer Chris Dapkins. The couple has a daughter named Rosemary, born at home on November 19, 2014.