Hoffman for Saranac Lake Walk of Fame

To the editor:

I heard about the Saranac Lake Walk of Fame and think that Leslie Hoffman should be considered. I would like to nominate her for that honor.

Leslie was born in 1955 at the old General Hospital. As a child she marched in the Fourth of July Kiddie Parade and marched with the band in the Winter Carnival parade. She helped her mother deliver Meals on Wheels and her father collect pennies from gumball machines to benefit the Lion’s Club. She always wanted to work in the entertainment industry and, upon graduating from the Saranac Lake High School in 1973, worked to make that dream come true. She moved to California to become a stuntwoman.

Her work can bee seen in such classics as “M*A*S*H,” “The Rockford Files,” “Fantasy Island” and “Laverne and Shirley,” just to name a few. She is no stranger to the silver screen and has appeared in such films as “1941,” “Airplane!” “Scream 2” and “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.” Perhaps her biggest contribution to the film community came in 1984, when she played “Hall Monitor” in the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” a classic role that she is still recognized for today. Leslie has also worked on both “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” She worked as a stunt double on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” for Roxanne Dawson, a series regular. On “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” she not only worked as a stuntwoman but also worked as assistant stunt coordinator.

Leslie moved back to Saranac Lake in 2016, and, currently writes for the Saranac Village newsletter. She was recently featured in a new book entitled “Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Woman and Movies.” She was also the first stuntwoman elected to the Screen Actors Guild Board of Directors.

Leslie has a huge body of work that represents her level of expertise in the entertainment industry and is a good example of what living means in Saranac Lake through her community work. She is also a good role model for girls to follow what they dream and never give up.

James Yager

Rutland, Vermont

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