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Pollack received his second best director Academy Award nomination for this delightful gender-bender comedy from 1982. Dustin Hoffman earned an Oscar nomination for his deft turn as a self-centered unemployed New York actor who decides to disguise himself as a woman in order to get a job on a daytime soap opera. Not only does he get the job, he becomes an overnight sensation. Jessica Lange earned a supporting actress Oscar as his co-star with whom he falls in love. But the entire supporting cast is first-rate, including Bill Murray, Teri Garr, Charles Durning and Dabney Coleman. Pollack would later say that Hoffman refused to continue working on the picture unless he played his agent, George Fields. Pollack refused. But when Hoffman's agent at the time, Michael Ovitz, contacted Pollack about doing the part, he finally agreed. And their scenes reflected their off-screen relationship that was prone to argument and loud discussion.
(In 1992, Pollack began acting on screen in earnest in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives." Among his other notable turns was in Stanley Kubrick's last film, "Eyes Wide Shut"; the drama "Changing Lanes," as himself on "Entourage"; as Will's father on "Will & Grace"; and most recently in "Michael Clayton.")