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Born in Corvallis, Oregon, Hoffman portrayed Miss Mason in three episodes of the drama series Little House on the Prairie (1980-1981). She was featured in the horror film Fear No Evil (1981) and had guest roles in The Greatest American Hero (1982, with Nicholas Worth), The Winds of War (1983, with Jeremy Kemp and Michael Ensign), The A-Team (1983, with Melinda Culea, Dwight Schultz, and Tony Brubaker), Blue Thunder (1984), and Hunter (1985).
Further film appearances include the television drama Do You Remember Love (1985, with Richard Kiley, Jerry Hardin, and Jim Metzler), the drama Nuts (1987, with Dakin Matthews, "The Price" co-star Castulo Guerra, Dana Dru Evenson, and Tina Lifford), the television drama Elvis and Me (1988, with Anne Haney and Marshall R. Teague), the horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out! (1989, with Richard Beymer and Carlos Palomino), the Academy Award winning drama Born on the Fourth of July (1989, with Caroline Kava, Mike Starr, Ed Lauter, and Bob Gunton), the television drama The Great Pretender (1991, with Bruce Greenwood, Gregg Henry, Robert Ito, and Kevin McCorkle), and the action drama The River Wild (1994, with William Lucking and Glenn Morshower).
In 1988 Hoffman reprised her role as Eleanor Roosevelt for the television mini series War and Remembrance on which she worked with Jeremy Kemp, John Rhys-Davies, and William Schallert. She also had recurring roles as Jeanne Rubens in two episodes of L.A. Law (1989, with Corbin Bernsen, Larry Drake, Phil Rubenstein, Raye Birk, Nancy Vawter, Paul Collins, Eric Menyuk, Mary Anne McGarry, Michael Cavanaugh, and Brian McNamara) and as Judge Mary Russell in five episodes of Matlock (1989-1990, with Michael Durrell, David Froman, Brenda Strong, Cynthia Gouw, Steven Anderson, Michael Spound, Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Roebuck, Albert Hall, T.J. McGee, Roxann Dawson, Jeremy Roberts, Jason Wingreen, and John Anderson).
Following another recurring role as Eleanor Krieger on the drama series thirtysomething (1989-1991), Hoffman starred as Beatrice "Bee" Reed in the drama series Sisters (1991-1996). In Sisters she portrayed the newly widowed mother of four grown up daughters and co-starred along recurring co-stars Ashley Judd and Stephen Collins in 127 episodes.
Most recently she portrayed Grandma Ruth in the action drama Dante's Peak (1997, with Tzi Ma and Bill Bolender) and had a recurring role as Catherine Langford in two episodes of Stargate SG-1 (1997 and 1998, with Keene Curtis and Paul McGillion).