Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Khloé Kardashian and James Harden Break Up
- Read the Cover Story: Amy Duggar King: I'm Doing It My Way
- The Bachelor Recap: What Just Happened?! All the Shocking Eliminations You Weren't Expecting
- Saoirse Ronan Bonded with Jodie Foster Over the Pressures of Navigating Hollywood as a Former Child Star
- Oscars Nominees Luncheon Class Photo of 2016 Revealed – Find Out What Happened Backstage!
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- June 19, 1989
- Vol. 31
- No. 24
Dustin Hoffman Takes a Risky Shot at Shakespeare
That certainly had been the star's intention ever since he first approached Hall last summer about doing Shakespeare. (Hoffman originally asked to play Hamlet, but the director said he was too old.) "I am determined to be a company player and not have all that big-star stuff," he said before Merchant went into rehearsal. As opening night approached, he warned that English audiences would get a chance to "see a legitimate Shakespeare company beat the hell out of an American actor." Yet Hoffman also did his homework, albeit with an unlikely teacher. Before arriving in London, Dustin said, "Eddie Murphy sat down and read it through with me four times. If I can do just half of what he did, I'm there."
The opening night audience included Joan Collins, Paul McCartney and Tom Stoppard, turning out to get a first look at the production, which may eventually move to Broadway. Dame Peggy Ashcroft went backstage with Sir John Mills to offer congratulations. Hoffman declared that visit from the idols of his youth "the greatest moment in my life as an actor."
When it was over, Hoffman had only one wish: "I would like to make love to my wife tonight," he said. "I have been too nervous in the last few days."
Why would a man who commands $6 million a film put himself through such anxiety for a reported $3,000 a week? "I didn't want to die and go to actor heaven or actor hell," Hoffman said, "and have some guy say, 'You were a star and you didn't do Shakespeare?' "
February 08, 2016
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!