Published December 17, 2012
"I was a better man with you as a woman than I ever was with a woman as a man.”
No truer words have ever been spoken by… well, a man dressed as a woman to the woman he loves.
When the detail-oriented unemployed actor Michael Dorsey hears of a casting call for the soap opera “Southwest General,” he goes for it… as actress “Dorothy Michaels.” Chaos (and comedy) ensues as Michael dressed as “Dorothy” falls for his lovely costar, becomes a TV sensation.
The iconic comedy “Tootsie,” which debuted in December in 1982, and its all-star cast were nominated for a whopping ten Academy Awards! And our friends at Snakkle.com found out where the members of this A-List cast are today 30 years after the gender-bender movie.
Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels
Dustin Hoffman plays a man, who while playing a woman falls in love with a (real-life) woman. His memorable performance didn’t just leave audiences in stitches; it won him an Oscar nod for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Oh, and his character got the girl. Not too shabby for a cross-dressing straight guy.
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Hoffman was on a roll after his award-winning role in “Tootsie.” In 1988 he starred in Barry Levinson’s “Rain Man” as the autistic Raymond Babbitt and won himself a second Academy Award. The A-list actor continues to challenge his versatility with a variety of different roles. You may remember him as Captain Hook costarring with Robin Williams in Spielberg’s “Hook” (1991) or his voice as Shifu in “Kung Fu Panda” (2008).
Jessica Lange as Julie Nichols
Jessica Lange played Julia Nichols, the object of Dorothy, er, Michael’s affection. Julie costars with “Dorothy” on the soap “Southwest General,” so the two have plenty of time to get to know one another.
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The same year as “Tootsie,” Lange also starred in the movie “Frances” that (in addition to her Best Supporting Actress performance in “Tootsie”) earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Lange walked away with the gold for “Tootsie.” She was nominated four more times for Best Actress and won in 1995 for her role in “Blue Sky.” Lange impresses audiences with her wealth in acting abilities and you can watch her now on the FX series “American Horror Story.”
Geena Davis as April Page
Geena Davis found her way into the film business by modeling in New York City. Her lingerie modeling gigs helped opened doors for Davis, including her first film roles in the blockbuster comedy "Tootsie" --in which, ironically, she spent a lot of time on film in her skivvies.
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After "Tootsie," Geena did not get much big screen time right away, but instead appeared on many of our favorite TV shows like "Knight Rider," "Fantasy Island,” "Remington Steele," and "Family Ties" from 1984 to 1986. After people took notice of her on "Family Ties," there was no stopping her. She starred in back-to-back unexpected hits like "The Fly", then "Beetlejuice" and the quirky alien hit "Earth Girls Are Easy." She finally certified herself as Hollywood royalty with her stand out roles in "Thelma and Louise" and "A League of Her Own.”
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