Maiden name: Gottsegen
Born: 1953 (Los Angeles, CA)
Married: October 1980
Dustin Hoffman and the relationship he has with his wife goes way back to when they were still both incredibly young.
Dustin's mother and Lisa's grandmother were good friends and they lived on the same apartment block. Dustin would even take fishing trips with her family.
While her mother was still pregnant with her, Dustin was the pianist for her parents wedding when he was sixteen. Dreams of being an actor at that time were shadowed over his dreams of being a famous jazz pianist. Now, Dustin and Lisa joke that she must've heard his music and fallen in love with him right then and there.
When Dustin left his hometown and lived in New York, he would make frequent family visits and Lisa would see him every year or so.
The first real meeting between Dustin and Lisa was at a barbecue her parents were holding. He was twenty seven at the time, and she was only ten. He played the piano while she danced. As Dustin got up and walked away, Lisa turned to her grandmother and said, "When I grow up, I'm going to marry him."
When she was twenty-two her wish finally came true as things between her and Dustin started to become serious (He was thirty-eight at the time). Lisa was just starting law school in order to finish her degree, previously graduating in psychology at Colorado University.
They married in October 12th, 1980 and gave birth to their first son Jake.
Lisa has also launched her own line of skin care products (beginning in 2007) called Lisa Hoffman Skincare. In this interview, she sites Dustin as one of the reasons the concept came to her in the first place:
How was the concept for Lisa Hoffman Skincare born?
"The most important thing in my life is family. When my husband and I got married and decided to build our family together, I knew I was in for some unique challenges. His career in the entertainment industry entails a lot of travel, and a lot of time in the public eye. And, since we made a promise to keep the family close together, this means that I have always had to do a lot of traveling, and by association, spend a lot of time in the spotlight.Taking care of my skin has always been important to me, but this schedule is pretty demanding, especially when you add five kids into the mix. I’ve always insisted on taking all possible steps to care for my skin, and required the best when it comes to skin care products, but I have always wished that there were some way to make the whole process simpler, less time-consuming, and more convenient to carry around. It was this desire that inspired me to create a line of beauty products that simplify daily beauty routines by making it easier to use and convenient to carry, while providing formulas that represent the best ingredients that science and nature have to offer."
Her skin care products proved to be very popular as they appeared in magazines like Vogue and The Oprah Magazine. Her beauty products have even reached as far as Hong Kong. Even Dustin can't help but acknowledge her popularity.
"I can brag about her. She's in stores in New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. I'm still the focus, but I'm losing ground rapidly."
When it comes to their marriage, Dustin even sites his wife as being one of the most courageous person he's known.