Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman), a brilliant but troublesome New York actor, has managed to alienate every producer on both coasts. Michael’s agent George Fields (Sydney Pollack) can’t even get his client a commercial since Michael complained that the tomato he was playing wasn’t properly motivated, adding that Michael is so obnoxious that he will probably never work again. Dorsey thinks otherwise; when he hears of an opening on a popular soap opera, he applies for the job–even though the job is for a woman. Posing as “Miss Dorothy Michaels,” Michael wins the part and becomes a widely-known actress. Yet complications ensue when Michael falls for his co-star Julie (Jessica Lange, in an Oscar-winning performance) but, as Dorothy, is courted by Julie’s widowed father (Charles Durning). Michael ultimately finds that his disguise as a woman has made him a better man.
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