Dustin Hoffman's Tootsie Role Gives Tout New York An Excuse to Get Dolled Up

UPDATED 12/20/1982 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 12/20/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

Not just any ingenue could attract the likes of Diana Ross, Cheryl Tiegs, Raquel Welch, Robin Williams and Halston to celebrate the opening of her first flick. But the leading lady of Tootsie has more than average drawing power: (S)he is Dustin Hoffman, cast in the Sydney Pollack farce as a down-at-the-high-heels actor who takes a woman's soap opera role to make ends meet. "Dustin should be nominated for best actor and best actress," laughed Williams, one of 50-odd glitterati who adjourned after the screening to a buffet supper at the Park Avenue triplex of executive producer Charles Evans. Until 1:30 a.m. the partying, unlike the movie, was never a drag. Nor did enthusiasm flag for the film, which opens this week. "It's everything America needs," Halston declared, and Tiegs announced: "Dustin is probably now my favorite actor." Even the star was transformed by the movie. "Now I find women that look like the woman I played in the movie very attractive," Hoffman joked. "Anytime I see a woman like that, I immediately want her."

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