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Goldie Hawn

Hawn at the 61st Academy Awards, 1989
Born Goldie Jeanne Hawn
November 21, 1945 (1945-11-21) (age 64)
Washington, D.C.,
United States
Occupation Actress, producer, director
Years active 1967–present
Spouse(s) Gus Trikonis (1969–1976)
Bill Hudson (1976–1980)
Domestic partner(s) Kurt Russell (1983–present)

Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer, whose career has spanned more than four decades. Hawn is perhaps best known for her roles in Private Benjamin, Foul Play, Wildcats, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, and The Banger Sisters. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1969 film Cactus Flower. She is also the mother of actors Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson. Hawn has maintained a relationship with her long-time boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell, since 1983.


Early life

Hawn was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Laura (née Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Hawn, a band musician who played at major events in Washington. She was named after her mother's aunt.[1] She has a sister, Patricia; a brother, Edward, who died before she was born. Through her father, Hawn is a direct descendant of Edward Rutledge, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence.[1] Hawn was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland. Her father was Presbyterian and her mother was Jewish, the daughter of immigrants from Hungary;[2] Hawn was raised in Judaism.[1][3][4]

Hawn began taking ballet and tap dance lessons at the age of three, and danced in the chorus of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production of The Nutcracker in 1955. She made her stage debut in 1961, playing Juliet in a Virginia Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet. By 1964, she ran and taught in a ballet school, having dropped out of American University, where she was majoring in drama. In 1964, Hawn, who graduated from Montgomery Blair High School (class of 1963), made her professional dancing debut in a production of Can-Can at the Texas Pavilion of the New York World's Fair. She began working as a professional dancer a year later, and appeared as a go-go dancer in New York City.[1]



Hawn began her acting career as a cast member of the short-lived situation comedy Good Morning, World during the 1967-1968 television season, her role being that of the girlfriend of a radio disc jockey, with a stereotypical "dumb blonde" personality.[1] Her next role, which brought her to international attention, was as one of the regular cast members on the 1968-1973 sketch comedy show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. On the show, she would often break out into high-pitched giggles in the middle of a joke, and deliver a polished performance a moment after. Noted equally for her chipper attitude as for her bikini and painted body, Hawn personified something of a 1960s "It" girl.

Hawn's Laugh-In persona was parlayed into three popular film appearances in the late 1960s and early 1970s: Cactus Flower, There's a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies Are Free. Hawn had made her feature film debut in a bit role as a giggling dancer in the 1968 film The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, in which she was billed as "Goldie Jeanne", but in her first major film role, in Cactus Flower (1969), she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Walter Matthau's suicidal fiancee.


After Hawn's Academy Award win, her film career took off. She starred in a string of above average and successful comedies starting with There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), $ (1971) and Butterflies Are Free (1972), as well as proving herself in the dramatic league with the satirical dramas The Girl from Petrovka, The Sugarland Express both in 1974 and Shampoo (1975). She also hosted two television specials: Pure Goldie in 1971 and The Goldie Hawn Special in 1978. The latter was a sort of comeback for Hawn, who had been out of the spotlight for two years since the 1976 release of The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, while she was focusing on her marriage and the birth of her son. On the special she performed show tunes and comedy bits alongside comic legend George Burns, teen matinee idol Shaun Cassidy, popular television star John Ritter (during his days on Three's Company) and even the Harlem Globetrotters joined her for a montage. The special later went on to be nominated for a prime-time Emmy. This came four months before the feature film release of Foul Play (with Chevy Chase), which became a box office smash and revived Hawn's career in the film industry. The plot centered around an innocent woman in San Francisco who becomes mixed up in a murder plot. Hawn's next film, Mario Monicelli's Lovers and Liars (1979), was a box office bomb. In 1972 Hawn recorded and released a solo country LP for Warner Brothers, titled Goldie. It was recorded with the help of Dolly Parton and Buck Owens. Allmusic gives the album a favorable review, calling it a "sweetly endearing country-tinged middle of the road pop record".[5]


Hawn's popularity continued into the 1980s, starting off with another primetime variety special alongside actress and singer Liza Minnelli - Goldie and Liza Together (1980) - which went on to be nominated for four prime time Emmy's. Hawn furthermore established both her critical and commercial worth in Private Benjamin (1980), a comedy which not only starred Hawn but was also her foray into producing. Private Benjamin, which also starred Eileen Brennan and Armand Assante, garnered Hawn her second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actress.[1] Hawn's box office success continued with an assortment of pictures, including comedies like Seems Like Old Times (1980), Protocol (1984) and Wildcats (1986) (Hawn also served as executive producer on the latter two) and dramas like Best Friends (1982) and Swing Shift (1984).

At the age of thirty-nine, Hawn posed for the cover of Playboy's January 1985 issue, which went on to be one of their highest selling issues. Hawn posed in a giant martini glass wearing nothing but a white collar shirt, a loosened black tie, and a pair of red stilettos. The headline read: "A SPARKLING PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH GOLDIE HAWN". Her last film of the 1980s was opposite partner Kurt Russell (for the third time) in the 1987 comedy Overboard, a critical and box office disappointment which questioned the likability and bankability of the two paired together onscreen.[citation needed]


Hawn's career slowed down after leaving Hollywood in the late 1980's, revived somewhat in 1990 with the action comedy Bird on a Wire, a critically panned but commercially successful picture that paired Hawn with action favorite Mel Gibson. Hawn had mixed success in the early 1990s, with the thriller Deceived (1991) and the drama CrissCross (1992). But her role opposite Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep in 1992's film Death Becomes Her garnered her much attention.[citation needed] Earlier that year, she starred in HouseSitter (1992), a screwball comedy with Steve Martin, which was a commercial and critical success. Hawn was absent from the screen again for four years, while caring for her mother who died of cancer in 1994.[1] Hawn made her entry back into the film business with producing the satirical comedy Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid, as well as making her foray into directing with the television film Hope (1997) starring Christine Lahti and Jena Malone.[1]

Hawn returned to the screen again in 1996 as the aging, alcoholic actress Elise Elliot in the financially and critically successful The First Wives Club, opposite Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, with whom she covered the Lesley Gore hit "You Don't Own Me" for the film's soundtrack. Hawn also performed a cover version of the Beatles' song, "A Hard Day's Night", on George Martin's 1998 album, In My Life. She continued her tenure in the '90s with Woody Allen's musical Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and reuniting with Steve Martin for the comedy The Out-of-Towners (1999), a remake of the 1970 Neil Simon hit. The film was critically panned and was not successful at the box office.[citation needed]


In 2001, Hawn was reunited with former co-stars Warren Beatty (her co-star in $ and Shampoo) and Diane Keaton for the comedy Town & Country, a critical and financial fiasco. Budgeted at an estimated US$90 million, the film opened to little notice and grossed only $7 million in its North American theatrical run. As of 2010, her last film appearance was in The Banger Sisters (2002), opposite Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush.

In 2005, Hawn's autobiography, A Lotus Grows in the Mud, was published. Hawn has said that the book is not a Hollywood tell-all, but rather a memoir and record of what she has learned in her life so far. Hawn announced in an interview with AARP's magazine that her next film project would be called Ashes to Ashes and co-star her partner Kurt Russell. The film is about a New York widow who loses her late husband's ashes in India. As of 2010 the project has yet to go into production.[6]

Personal life

Relationships and family

Hawn's first husband was dancer (later director) Gus Trikonis, who appeared as a Shark in West Side Story; his sister Gina played Graziella, Riff's girlfriend. Her second husband was Bill Hudson, of the Hudson Brothers, but the two divorced in 1980. They have two children, Oliver Hudson (born 1976) and Kate Hudson (born 1979), both of whom are now actors.

Hawn has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983, when the two met again on the set of Swing Shift (they had previously met while filming 1968's The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band). The couple has a son, Wyatt Russell (born July 10, 1986), who lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Hawn is stepmother to Kurt Russell's son Boston and she became a grandmother on January 7, 2004, when her daughter, Kate Hudson, gave birth to son Ryder Russell Robinson. Hawn became a grandmother for a second time when her son, Oliver Hudson and his wife, actress Erinn Bartlett had a son Wilder Brooks Hudson, on August 23, 2007.


Hawn became involved in Eastern philosophy in 1972. She is a practicing Buddhist and has raised her children in both Buddhist and Jewish traditions. She stated on the Larry King Show that she is a Jewish Buddhist, but neither more Jewish nor more Buddhist;[7] in interviews, she also detailed that she never had to forsake her Jewish heritage to embrace Buddhism[3] and that her Jewish religion and heritage come before Buddhism.[8] Hawn travels to India annually, and has visited Israel, stating that she felt a strong identification with its people.[3] She has been criticized for lending out her support for Israel and for the Jewish National Fund.[9] In 1997, she was one of a number of Hollywood stars and executives to sign an open letter to then-German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, published as a newspaper advertisement in the International Herald Tribune, which protested the treatment of Scientologists in Germany.[10]

Hawn founded and funds the The Hawn Foundation,[11] which teaches the Buddhist technique of Mindfulness training; where fourth through seventh graders are instructed in mindful awareness techniques and positive thinking skills, then tested for changes in behavior, social and emotional competence, and moral development. A study indicated that children who participated in the Program increased significantly in the areas of optimism, positive and negative emotions; the study was not peer reviewed and paid for by the organization.[12]

Hawn has been in negotiation with the Conservative Party to set up a school in Britain where her MindUp technique would be taught.[13]

Hawn realizes that many parents oppose bringing Buddhist methods into public schools, and recently stated in Greater Good magazine, published by Greater Good Science Center: "There will always be people who see this as scary, or as some kind of Eastern philosophy that they don't want for their kids." Hawn adds, Mindfulness gives kids a tool for understanding how their brain works, for having more self-control."


Year Film Role Other notes
1968 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Giggly Girl Credited as Goldie Jeanne.
1969 Cactus Flower Toni Simmons Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

1970 There's a Girl in My Soup Marion Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

Nominated- Golden Laurel Award for Best Comedy Performance, Female

1971 $ Dawn Divine aka Dollars
1972 Butterflies Are Free Jill Tanner Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1974 The Sugarland Express Lou Jean Poplin
The Girl from Petrovka Oktyabrina
1975 Shampoo Jill Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1978 Foul Play Gloria Mundy Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1979 Lovers and Liars Anita
1980 Private Benjamin Pvt. Judy Benjamin/Goodman Nominated- Academy Award for Best Actress

Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Seems Like Old Times Glenda Gardenia Parks
1982 Best Friends Paula McCullen Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1984 Swing Shift Kay Walsh
Protocol Sunny Davis
1986 Wildcats Molly McGrath
1987 Overboard Joanna Stayton/Annie Proffitt
1990 Bird on a Wire Marianne Graves
1991 Deceived Adrienne Saunders
1992 CrissCross Tracy Cross
HouseSitter Gwen Phillips
Death Becomes Her Helen Sharp
1996 The First Wives Club Elise Elliot National Board of Review Award for Best Cast

Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Comedy

Everyone Says I Love You Steffi Dandridge Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1999 The Out-of-Towners Nancy Clark
2001 Town & Country Mona Miller Nominated- Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2002 The Banger Sisters Suzette Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2010 Ashes to Ashes Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1967–1968 Good Morning, World Sandy Kramer
1968–1970 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Herself - Regular Performer Nominated- Emmy Award for Special Classification of an Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement (1969)

Nominated- Emmy Award for Special Classification of an Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement (1970)


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Goldie Hawn (born 1945-11-21) is an Academy Award-winning American actress, director and producer.


  • I do have this quality that is very childlike. But how long can it last? How long can you be cute?
  • I felt that when I turned fifty, life was starting for me… You make a choice. You wake up in the morning, and you make a choice. You either pack it in and decide that life is awful, or you take your moments and invest in them, honor them, honor yourself, and live them to the fullest.
  • There are only three ages for women in Hollywood — Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.
  • When I was in second grade, we had to color the fruits their right colors, but I colored them all yellow. The teacher said, "Don't you know that an apple is red and an orange is orange?" I said "Yes, but I like yellow."
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Goldie Hawn
Born Goldie Jeanne Hawn
November 21, 1945 (1945-11-21) (age 65)
Washington, D.C.
Years active 1967-2002
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m) [1]
Spouse Gus Trikonis (1969-1976)
Bill Hudson (1976-1980)
Partner Kurt Russell (1982-)
Children Oliver Hudson (b.1976)
Kate Hudson (b.1979)
Wyatt Russell (b.1986)

Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, director and producer. One of her early roles was as a cast member of Laugh-In, a comedy series on NBC television. She won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award in 1969 for her work in Cactus Flower. She then left Laugh-In to continue her movie career.

Hawn is famous for her acting in many film comedies during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Her daughter is Kate Hudson, who is also a famous actress who has been nominated for the Oscar. Her son, Oliver Hudson, is a television and film actor as well. She also has a son named Wyatt Russell, whose father is actor Kurt Russell, Hawn's longtime partner.

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