Dustin Hoffman and Lisa Gottsegen, 17-Year Age Difference

Sugar Daddy Dustin Hoffman and Lisa Gottsegen Relationship

Sugar Daddy Dustin Hoffman and Lisa Gottsegen RelationshipActor Dustin Hoff­man landed his first fea­ture film role in 1967 and it didn’t take long for him to get noticed. While most actors wait years for crit­i­cal praise, Hoff­man earned his first Oscar nom­i­na­tion that same year for his film The Grad­u­ate. While he may not have been the most hand­some guy, he knew how to act, and that skill is what made him stand out among other strug­gling actors. As one critic wrote after the release of The Grad­u­ate, Hoff­man broke “the mold of the tra­di­tional movie star,” and that even this early on, it was clear to see that he was already on his way to becom­ing “one of our biggest stars and most respected actors.”

Over the course of his act­ing career, Hoff­man has picked up two Oscars, three BAFTA Awards, six Golden Globes, and one Emmy, among a whack of other awards. In 2012, he made his direc­to­r­ial debut with the com­edy drama Quar­tet, based on the play of the same name.

While many actors get caught up in the fame and have their careers tainted by tabloid head­lines, Hoff­man has man­aged to main­tain a squeaky clean image. There’s a good chance his wife, who is 17 years younger than him, had some­thing to do with it. There are more than enough sto­ries about rela­tion­ships between older men and younger women going awry, but it’s always nice to hear when a cou­ple gets it right.

Hoff­man mar­ried Lisa Gottsegen shortly after his first mar­riage ended in 1980. The pair has now been mar­ried for over 30 years—one of the longest mar­riages in Hollywood—and is still going strong. They have four chil­dren together, as well as two grandchildren.

Many peo­ple have asked the actor how he and Lisa have man­aged to make it work all these years and he has no prob­lem shar­ing his mar­riage advice: “If you’re both work­ing to be hon­est, the mar­riage gets bet­ter and bet­ter. Love becomes deeper,” he told Reader’s Digest. “It’s because you know the game—meaning life—is lim­ited. I say to my wife, ‘I don’t have enough time. There’s not going to be enough time with you.’”


Grant, M., “Dustin Hoff­man Has a Secret,” Reader’s Digest web site; http://goo.gl/CwM8A, last accessed June 12, 2013.

Nixon, R., “Why THE GRADUATE is Essen­tial,” Turner Clas­sic Movies web site; http://goo.gl/z21gk, last accessed June 12, 2013.

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The relationship started innocently enough—like many, it grew from a platonic, working relationship. He was a well-respected, prominent business man with a seemingly perfect life, a wife, children who had grown up to be successful adults, and a religious upbringing. I was a 30-year-old college graduate, up-and-coming executive, and a single, working mother with an adorable toddler son, and a not-so-adorable, slowly dying, five-year relationship with my son’s biological father. On the first clear day of spring, he asked if I’d like to go get a breath of fresh air. We met in a park on the shore of Lake Michigan, and it was there, sitting on a bench together, that I learned his age. He was, as my father would say, “double-nickels.” This 55-year-old man, handsome, well-dressed, with just a sprinkle of gray near his temples, and the calmest, clearest blue eyes, was the most enticing man I’d ever laid eyes (or soon hands) upon in my life! For years, I invested my efforts trying to nurture a relationship with a man my age, giving him 100%; and in return, I received lies, mental abuse, and rough, emotionless sex, and my son received emotional neglect. And yet there, in the matter of a few minutes on a park bench and over the course of just a few short months, “Double-Nickels” showed me the most unimaginable care and kindness through his touch and his soft-spoken nature, his intellect and his genuine interest in what I had to say. Today, more than 10 years later, after facing our share of obstacles, we are happily married and socially accepted by our family, and our local and business communities. His adult children are cordial; my family (most especially my father) loves my husband and, best of all, he was able to legally adopt my son—our son, who is now a teenager! Love doesn’t pick an age; it picks a person.

  • but­ters

    That is won­der­ful! I love a Happy End­ing for Hol­ly­wood cou­ples. It is so rare! And they lived hap­pily ever after. Good going.

  • KalianaDi­et­rich

    There is the secret! Today cou­ples join for the moment, not for­ever. When you find the one per­son that you feel spend­ing one life­time with will never be enough time, you have met your match.