ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

If you're a film buff or a sports fan, you've probably seen the 1989 American classic and Oscar-nominated film Field of Dreams. If you haven't, you're missing out on some gut-wrenchingly touching dialogue like this:

The movie featured some of the biggest actors of the time including Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Burt Lancaster. But among the ranks of talented adults, there was one young actress who captured the hearts of audiences everywhere.

Playing the daughter of the protagonist, Ray Kinsella, you might remember his daughter Karin from this scary scene where she chokes on a hotdog and has to be saved by Archie "Doc" Graham:

Over 25 years later, we started wondering what happened to little Karin?

Well, as it turns out the child actress been hiding in plain sight this whole tie. Today, Gaby Hoffmann is 33 years old and a high point in what has been a long and fruitful acting career! If you're wondering what you might have seen her in, you might be surprised by just how much work she's done.

After her first role in Field of Dreams at the age of seven, Gaby Hoffmann went on to act in other memorable films in the early '90s like Uncle Buck alongside the late John Candy and Macaulay Culkin, This is My Life, Sleepless in Seattle, The Man Without a Face, and the Demi Moore's young counterpart in the coming-of-age film Now and Then.

As she got older, Hoffmann continued to maintain a strong and steady career and worked on films including Everyone Says I Love you and Volcano, amongst others, before focusing on her stage work.

In the mid-2000s, Gaby Hoffmann mainly worked in New York and appeared in a number of plays on and off Broadway.

Since then, Hoffmann has slowly but surely made a strong return to screen acting and has been in movies like Obvious Child with Jenny Slate and Academy Award-nominated Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.

More recently, Hoffmann's talents have been brought to life in her television work. On Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow's HBO show Girls Gaby plays Caroline Sackler, Adam Driver's sister who suffers from frequent and intense mood swings.

On the critically acclaimed Amazon show Transparent, she plays Jeffrey Tambor's daughter, Ali Pfefferman. This year Transparent won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy. Both Girls and Transparent earned Hoffmann Emmy nominations in 2015.

Gaby Hoffmann had a daughter in November of last year with her longtime partner Chris Dapkins.

While some of you out there may have known that Gaby Hoffmann played little Karin from Field of Dreams, I had never put the pieces together! Hoffmann's career seems to have been a great one so far, and given quality of her recent work I'm hoping to see even more of her.

(Source: IMDb, Wikipedia)


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