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Dustin Hoffman & Wife of 41 years ‘Are More in Love’ Now — He 'Met' Her before She Was Even Born

Daniella Segell
Aug 03, 2022
06:20 P.M.
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Many love stories have cute beginnings that go back to when the two people in love were much younger and had no idea they would end up together. Dustin Hoffman and his wife, Lisa, had a similar start, with Lisa meeting Dustin while she was still in utero.

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It was at Lisa's parents' wedding that she 'met' Dustin. Her mother was pregnant with her, and Dustin was the pianist. The couple has now been married for 41 years and is still madly in love with one another.

Lisa mentioned that in Hollywood, such a long marriage was unheard of and that she liked to think of Hollywood years as dog years, so she multiplied the years she has been married by seven.

Lisa Hoffman and Dustin Hoffman attend the Trigg Ison Fine Art In Association With Krista Smith And Sam Taylor-Johnson Present Darren Legallo "From Destruction" event on January 10, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Lisa Hoffman and Dustin Hoffman attend the Trigg Ison Fine Art In Association With Krista Smith And Sam Taylor-Johnson Present Darren Legallo "From Destruction" event on January 10, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Although the couple has spent many eventful years in Hollywood together, they now enjoy spending their time at their home in LA. The couple also has homes in London and New York, where they enjoy spending time.

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Lisa's parents got married while her mother was pregnant with her. Lisa's parents had a pianist at their wedding, who happened to be a 16-year-old, Dustin. At the time, he was studying to become a classical pianist.

 Lisa Hoffman and Dustin Hoffman arrive at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. | Source: Getty Images

Lisa Hoffman and Dustin Hoffman arrive at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. | Source: Getty Images

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Dustin ended up playing at Lisa's parents' wedding because Dustin's mother and Lisa's grandmother were friends. The couple now jokes that Lisa heard Dustin playing at her parent's wedding and instantly fell in love.

While some may regard the wedding as Dustin and Lisa's first meeting, their first official meeting was after Lisa was born. Dustin left for New York to study soon after the wedding, but Lisa would see him when he returned to New York to visit his family.

On one particular evening, Dustin returned to visit and was told it was time to give up his dream of being a performer and work with his father instead. He felt embarrassed and decided to spend time with 10-year-old Lisa and her eight-year-old brother.

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Dustin Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman attend "The Meyerowitz Stories" UK Premiere during the 61st BFI London Film Festival at Embankment Gardens Cinema on October 6, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Dustin Hoffman and Lisa Hoffman attend "The Meyerowitz Stories" UK Premiere during the 61st BFI London Film Festival at Embankment Gardens Cinema on October 6, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Dustin hung out with them instead of the adults, playing the piano for them and encouraging Lisa to dance to the tunes. Later that evening, Lisa went to her mother and confessed:

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"I hope he waits for me because I want to marry him."

Dustin was 27 then, and Lisa's mother thought nothing of the comment until their romance began blossoming years later. The couple only started their relationship when Lisa was 22 and Dustin was 38.

 Lisa Hoffman and Dustin Hoffman attend the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. | Source: Getty Images

Lisa Hoffman and Dustin Hoffman attend the amfAR Gala Cannes 2017 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 25, 2017 in Cap d'Antibes, France. | Source: Getty Images

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When Lisa and Dustin started their relationship, he was already establishing himself as a well-known actor. However, he had divorced his first wife, Anne Byrne, and Lisa's grandfather had passed away, so he made his way back to LA to pay his respects to Lisa's family.

Lisa and Dustin had not seen each other for several years, but as soon as they laid eyes on one another again, they were attracted to each other. Lisa admitted:

"Dustin asked how many children I wanted. I said six, and he said he had two already, so would four be ok? And that's exactly the way it played out."

LISA GAVE UP HER CAREER FOR HER FAMILY

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Dustin Hoffman with his wife, American businesswoman Lisa Hoffman and their children Jake Hoffman, Rebecca Hoffman, Max Hoffman, and Alexandra Hoffman attend a red carpet event, circa 1991. | Source: Getty Images

Dustin Hoffman with his wife, American businesswoman Lisa Hoffman and their children Jake Hoffman, Rebecca Hoffman, Max Hoffman, and Alexandra Hoffman attend a red carpet event, circa 1991. | Source: Getty Images

Although Lisa was studying when she got engaged to Dustin, she didn't end up working because she took care of Dustin's children with his ex-wife and the children that they would have together.

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Lisa graduated at 25 and gave birth to the couple's first son, Jake, one week after she took the bar exam. While the couple was elated to welcome their first child together, a shadow hung over the baby's birth.

Jake was born prematurely and was diagnosed with Hyaline membrane disease, which means that the baby's lungs were not fully developed when he was born. Because of Jake's health concerns, Lisa focused her life on being a mother.

Jake Hoffman, Jenna Kelly, Lisa Hoffman and Dustin Hoffman attend the Amfar Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 26, 2017. | Source: Getty Images

Jake Hoffman, Jenna Kelly, Lisa Hoffman and Dustin Hoffman attend the Amfar Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France on May 26, 2017. | Source: Getty Images

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After Jake's birth, the couple welcomed three more children, just as they had agreed upon when they began their relationship. They had Becky two years after Jake was born, Max two years later, and Alexandra three years after that.

The couple has shared their family values over the years, and how they feel about their family unit is clear. Lisa said:

"Our values are traditional. It was important to Dustin that we were together as a family. For both of us, that was the point of being married."

Dustin Hoffman and wife Lisa with their children and friends at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, November 14, 2001. | Source: Getty Images

Dustin Hoffman and wife Lisa with their children and friends at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, November 14, 2001. | Source: Getty Images

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Lisa also shared that their priority was always their children. If they had obligations that took them away from their children, they would come back and spend quality time with their children to make up for it.

Dustin was only rising to fame when he began his relationship with Lisa, but by the time they married, he was a fully-fledged household name. This was somewhat daunting for Lisa, and she found ways to cope.

Lisa called her marriage to Dustin "Dustin Hoffman World" and said that it took a lot of getting used to. Still, she maintained her privacy by only occasionally going with him to film premieres or other appearances he made.

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Lisa Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman, daughter Becky Hoffman and guest April 18, 2005. | Source: Getty Images

Lisa Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman, daughter Becky Hoffman and guest April 18, 2005. | Source: Getty Images

However, after many years, Lisa found her passion in life. She started a skincare line inspired by all the years she and her family spent traveling with Dustin. The line is a collection of one-use packages you can easily store in travel bags and full-sized products.

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DUSTIN AND LISA ARE PROUD PARENTS OF SIX

The happy couple is parents to six children, four of their own and two from Dustin's previous marriage to Anne Byrne. Their children are Karina, Jenna, Jake, Rebecca, Max, and Alexandra.

 Dustin Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 9th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Dustin Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 9th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Karina and Jenna are Dustin's children from his previous relationship with Anne. Dustin adopted Karina as her father was Anne's previous husband and Dustin and Anne had Jenna together. Karina mostly stays out of the spotlight while Jenna follows in Dustin's acting footsteps.

Jake is often seen as the most famous of his father's children. He has starred in notable films such as "Click" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." He also made his directorial debut on 2014's "Asthma."

Rebecca is another of Dustin's children who did not get the acting gene. Although she starred with her father in "Hook," she decided to follow the academic route instead. She studied at Barnard College in NYC and Berlin.

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Dustin Hoffman, wife Lisa Hoffman and son Jake Hoffman seen out for a dog walk in Manhattan on June 13, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Dustin Hoffman, wife Lisa Hoffman and son Jake Hoffman seen out for a dog walk in Manhattan on June 13, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

Max is Dustin's youngest son and followed his father and siblings' film and entertainment bug. He studied Film and TV at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague before he appeared in "Asthma." He also studied at Brown University.

Dustin's youngest child, Alexandra, is also an actress. She appeared in 2002's “Moonlight Mile" and dated actor Jonah Hill for a while. Not much more is known about Alexandra.

Lisa and Dustin have built a beautiful family over the years, and we wish them many more happy and healthy years together.

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