Anne Bancroft

Dustin Hoffman discusses the discarded opening sequence from The Graduate

Dustin Hoffman had been playing a transvestite German fishwife in an Off Broadway play when director Mike Nichols first discovered his talent, and even after completing filming on The Graduate in 1967, the 29-year-old actor was still collecting unemployment checks and worrying about his future. But after a New York sneak preview, Hoffman was recognized leaving the theater by Radie Harris, the veteran columnist of The Hollywood Reporter. “You’re the man who played that part,” she said, and he nodded. “Your life is never going to be the same.”

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