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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 January 1982New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameGabriella Mary Antonia Hoffmann
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gabriella Mary Hoffmann was born in New York City, New York, to actors Anthony Herrera and Viva (née Janet Susan Mary Hoffmann), who was a Warhol superstar. She began acting in commercials at 4 to help pay the family bills. Gaby's first film role was as young "Maisy Russell" in 1988's Uncle Buck (1989). Until the summer of 1993, Gaby had lived her entire life with her mother Viva and older sister, Alexandra Auder, at New York's notorious Chelsea Hotel. Gaby's time at the hotel was the basis for a children's book that Viva and friend Jane Lancellotti wrote titled "Gaby at the Chelsea" (a takeoff on the classic "Eloise"). Someone Like Me (1994) was hatched after one of the show's producers, Gail Berman, read a New York Times article about the Chelsea Hotel that mentioned a the book.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (12)

Younger half-sister of actress Alexandra Auder.
Daughter of former cult actress Viva and soap-opera actor Anthony Herrera, who was never a presence in Hoffman's life, even after she met him for the first time when she was five years old.
In the fall of 1999 Gaby entered Bard College, where she continues to study between projects.
Best friends with actress Christina Ricci.
Her paternal grandfather, Rafael Antonio Herrera, was the son of a Puerto Rican father and a Spanish mother. The rest of her ancestry is German, Irish, English, and 1/16th Italian (Sicilian).
Appeared in a McGruff the Crime Dog anti-drug ad with Drew Barrymore in 1989.
Her mother co-wrote a book, still unpublished, called "Gaby at the Chelsea," a downtown, offbeat version of sorts of "Eloise" at the Plaza.
Found an apartment in Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, NY, USA. [July 2013]
When she was still living in New York, she first attended P.S. 3. Following this, she attended the Professional Children's School. When she moved to Los Angeles, California, she first attended The Buckley School. She eventually graduated from Calabasas High School in June 1999.
(June 4, 2014) Expecting her 1st child with her boyfriend Chris Dapkins.
Her ancestry includes German, Irish, English, Puerto Rican, Spanish, and 1/16th Italian (Sicilian).
As a child after leaving the Chelsea Hotel, Gabby, her mother and their two Eskimo dogs moved into a two-bedroom rental house in Woodland Hills,which had been damaged in the January 1994 earthquake). In an article in Entertainment Weekly in March 1994, Gaby said that she missed her former home at the Chelsea Hotel, "where she and her best friend, Talya Shomron, would roller-skate in the hallways, spy on the drug dealer across the hall and dispatch the bellman to fetch ice cream at night from the neighborhood deli.".

Personal Quotes (5)

[re her childhood growing up in and around the Chelsea Hotel] We lived in a classless society. We'd spend a summer at Gore Vidal's house in Italy, but we were on and off welfare...
I love Beyoncé Knowles", I do. But I was walking down the street and saw this huge billboard for the documentary she made about herself called, 'Life Is But a Dream.' Underneath the billboard is this homeless guy, then there's me with $2 in my bank account, and I'm thinking, Life is but a dream? I mean, I love you, B, but really?
[re other child stars] I was never as famous as all these kids. There was no social media. We weren't celebrity-obsessed as a culture. I feel like these kids are under a crazy microscope; they're basically brands. And they eventually implode and act out. They need a break, and they're not getting one.
[re childhood days with friend Claire Danes] Growing up in downtown New York City in the '80s, we were ensconced in art and progressive thinking,Our parents all experimented with raising us in a fairly loose, unorthodox way. A huge emphasis was placed on creativity, and our artistic efforts were never dismissed as childish. There was a sense that we - kids and grown-ups - all had the potential to make something of value. Our drawings were not simply destined for the refrigerator. We never felt patronized.
[re Los Angeles] I feel like everyone here is so creative. They think up a project, and the next thing you know, they're doing it.

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