Field of Dreams
One of Hollywood talented young actresses, Gaby Hoffmann made an auspicious debut as the daughter of Kevin Costner, Karin Kinsella, in the Phil Alden Robinson-helmed Field of Dreams (1989), where she was handed a Young Artist Award. Since then, she has had well-received supporting turns in Uncle Buck (1989), This Is My Life (1992, earned a Young Artist nod), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), The Man Without a Face (1993, received a Young Artist nod), Now and Then (1995, netted a Young Artist nod), Everyone Says I Love You (1996, gained a YoungStar nod), Volcano (1997) and Coming Soon (1999). She also has acted in the NBC short-lived sitcom “Someone Like Me” (1994) and the ABC made-for-TV film Freaky Friday (1995).
After completing her degree, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native has emerged as a stage actress. Some productions she has appeared in include “Suburbia,” “The Sugar Syndrome,” 24 Hour Plays” and “Third.”
Childhood and Family:
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gabriella Mary Hoffmann, who would later be popular as Gaby Hoffmann, was born on January 8, 1982. Is of Irish and German heritage, she spent much of her early years living with her mother Viva, an actress, and older sister Alexandra in New York City’s celebrated Chelsea Hotel. When she and her friends were not roller-skating in the hallways and spying on the drug traders across the hall, young Gaby started her acting career, appearing in her first commercials at 4 to help pay the family bills.
Gaby and her mother later moved to a two-bedroom rental house in Woodland Hills, which they shared with their two Eskimo dogs. The house was roughly destroyed in an earthquake in 1994. In the fall of 1999, she attended Bard College, graduating in 2003 with a degree in Literature.
This is My Life
Daughter of Andy Warhol “superstar” Viva, Gaby Hoffmann started appearing in commercials at age 4 to support her family, but soon got tired of work and stopped. She returned at age 6 and made her film debut a year later with the drama/family Field of Dreams, playing Kevin Costner’s daughter, Karin Kinsella. Her convincing performance won Gaby a 1990 Young Artist for Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. She also portrayed the niece of John Candy in the John Hughes-directed Uncle Buck, that same year.
Gaby then played the supporting role of Opal, the neglected daughter of a stand-up comedienne (played by Julie Kavner) in This is My Life (1992), for director Nora Ephron, and earned a Young Artist nomination for Best Young Actress Under Ten in a Motion Picture for her acting in the film. After this, the brunette beauty decided to pursue acting more professionally. She next displayed her frankness and precociousness in such films as Mel Gibson’s drama The Man Without a Face (1993), picking up a Young Artist nod for Best Youth Actress Co-Starring in a Motion Picture Drama for playing Megan Norstadt, and the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan vehicle Sleepless in Seattle (1993), again directed by Nora Ephron, where she was cast as the cunning chum of Ross Malinger (who played Tom Hanks’ son). She also excelled as the star of the NBC sitcom “Someone Like Me” (1994).
The following year saw Gaby costar with Shelley Long in the ABC remake of Freaky Friday and get the part of the object of a custody battle in the touching CBS drama Whose Daughter Is She?. Back to the wide screen, she took on the role of young counterpart to Demi Moore’s character in the coming of age drama Now and Then, that same year, where she jointly received a Young Artist nod for Best Perfomances by a Young Ensemble - Feature Film or Video. She nabbed a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film in Woody Allen’s musical Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and was cast as Tommy Lee Jones’ daughter in the disaster film Volcano (1997).
Gaby maintained her busy schedule by appearing in films like the indie-drama Snapped (1998), about apathetic children in New York’s East Hampton, the girls’ school comedy Strike!/The Hairy Bird (1999), opposite Kirsten Dunst and Rachael Leigh Cook, and the 80s-era comedy/drama 200 Cigarettes (1999), with Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck and Dave Chappelle. She also costarred in Coming Soon (1999), another coming-of-age comedy located in an Upper East Side Manhattan prep school, and shared the screen with Scott Caan, Robert Downey Jr. and Stacy Edwards in James Toback’s Black and White (1999).
In the new millennium, Gaby undertook the role small role of Sheila in You Can Count on Me (2000), starring Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick, appeared as Gabrielle Mancini in Perfume (2001) before taking hiatus to finish her college. Since graduated in 2003, she has mostly focused on a theater career in New York. Among her stage works include “24 Hour Plays,” “The Sugar Syndrome” and “Third.” In late 2005, she made a guest appearance in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” playing Rachel Coburn/Burnett.
Gaby acted in the Broadway play “Suburbia,” playing Sooze, an aspirant artist, opposite Kieran Culkin and Jessica Capshaw, at the Second Stage in New York City. The play ran from September - October 2006. The same year, she was planned to participate in a documentary film called Guest of Cindy Sherman.
- Young Artist: Best Young Actress Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Field of Dreams, 1990