On day during the production of Tootsie, Jessica Lange was given some professional advice by Dustin Hoffman. "He said, 'In the beginning, you're just hoping you can get a supporting role,'" Lange recalled. "'And then suddenly, in those middle years, you're the lead, you're carrying a film. And then pretty soon you're back to, "God, I wish I could get a supporting part!"'"
["Lange's career began with a movie she did on a lark at the advanced age of 27. In the early '70s, after dropping out of the University of Minnesota, Lange lived as a free spirit, traveling, painting, modeling, flying off to Paris to study mime. A film career was the last thing on her mind."]