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Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn - 1978.jpg
Hawn in 1978
Born Goldie Jeanne Hawn
(1945-11-21) November 21, 1945 (age 72)
Washington, D.C., US
Occupation Actress, producer, director, singer
Years active 1967-present
Kurt Russell (1983-present)
Children Oliver Hudson
Kate Hudson
Wyatt Russell
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, director, producer, and occasional singer.[1] She rose to fame on the NBC sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1968-70) before going on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Cactus Flower (1969).

Hawn maintained bankable star status for more than three decades while appearing in films such as There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), Butterflies Are Free (1972), The Sugarland Express (1974), Shampoo (1975), Foul Play (1978), Seems Like Old Times (1980), and Private Benjamin (1980), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing the title role.

Hawn's later work includes starring roles in the films Overboard (1987), Bird on a Wire (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), Housesitter (1992), The First Wives Club (1996), and The Banger Sisters (2002). After a fifteen-year hiatus from film acting, Hawn made her comeback in Snatched (2017). She is the mother of actors Oliver Hudson, Kate Hudson, and Wyatt Russell, and has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983. In 2003, she founded The Hawn Foundation, which helps underprivileged children.

Early life

Hawn was born in Washington, D.C.,[1] the daughter of Laura (née Steinhoff; 1913-1993), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Hawn[2][3] (1908-1982), a band musician who played at major events in Washington. She was named after her mother's aunt.[4]

Her father was a Presbyterian of German and English descent. Her mother was Jewish, the daughter of emigrants from Hungary,[5][6] Hawn was raised Jewish.[4][5][7][8] She was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland,[9] a suburb of Washington, D.C. Hawn began taking ballet and tap dance lessons at the age of three and danced in the corps de ballet of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production of The Nutcracker in 1955. She made her stage debut in 1964, playing Juliet in a Virginia Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet.[10]

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 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[4] and at the Peppermint Box in New Jersey.[9]



Publicity photo for Cactus Flower (1969)

Hawn moved to California to dance in a show at a theater across from Disneyland.[9] Hawn began her acting career as a cast member of the short-lived CBS situation comedy Good Morning, World during the 1967-68 television season, her role being that of the girlfriend of a radio disc jockey, with a stereotypical "dumb blonde" personality.[4]

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 was seen as something of a 1960s "It" girl.[]

Her 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 fiancée.


With Carl Reiner on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, 1970

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). She continued proving herself in the dramatic league with the 1974 satirical dramas The Girl from Petrovka and The Sugarland Express, and Shampoo in 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, 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 primetime Emmy. Four months later the film Foul Play (with Chevy Chase), was released and became a box office smash, reviving Hawn's film career. The plot centered around an innocent woman in San Francisco who becomes mixed up in an assassination 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".[11]


Hawn's popularity continued into the 1980s, starting with another primetime variety special alongside actress and singer Liza Minnelli, Goldie and Liza Together (1980), which was nominated for four Emmy Awards. In the same year, Hawn took the lead role in Private Benjamin, a comedy she co-produced with her friend Nancy Meyers, who co-wrote the script. Meyers recalls Hawn's reaction when she first described the idea for the story:

It was like watching the greatest audience I've ever seen. She laughed and then she got real emotional and her eyes would fill up with tears. She loved the image of herself in an Army uniform and she loved what the movie had to say.[12]

Private Benjamin, also stars Eileen Brennan and Armand Assante, and garnered Hawn her second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actress.[4][13] Hawn's box office success continued with comedies like Seems Like Old Times (1980), written by Neil Simon, Protocol (1984), co-written by Nancy Meyers, and Wildcats (1986) -- Hawn also served as executive producer on the latter two -- and dramas like Best Friends (1982) and Swing Shift (1984).

Hawn at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm 1981

At the age of thirty-nine, Hawn posed for the cover of Playboy January 1985 issue, in which she was the subject of the Playboy Interview.[14] Her last film of the 1980s was opposite partner Kurt Russell, for the third time, in the comedy Overboard (1987).


In 1990 she starred in the action comedy Bird on a Wire, a critically panned but commercially successful picture that paired Hawn with Mel Gibson. Hawn had mixed success in the early 1990s, with the thriller Deceived (1991), the drama CrissCross and opposite Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her (both 1992). Earlier that year, she starred in Housesitter, a screwball comedy with Steve Martin, which was a commercial success.

Hawn was absent from the screen for four years while caring for her mother who died of cancer in 1994.[4] Hawn made her entry back into film as producer of the satirical comedy Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid, as well as making her directorial debut in the television film Hope (1997) starring Christine Lahti and Jena Malone.[4]

Hawn in 1989

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 1990s 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.[15][16] In 1997, Hawn, along with her co-stars from The First Wives Club, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, were recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Awards.[17]

In 1999, she was awarded Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year.[18]


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 release.[19] In 2002, she starred in The Banger Sisters, opposite Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush, her last live action film for fifteen years. In 2005 Hawn's autobiography, A Lotus Grows in the Mud, was published.


In 2013, Hawn guest starred, along with Gordon Ramsay, in an episode of Phineas and Ferb, in which she provided the voice of neighbor Peggy McGee.[20][21]

In 2017, Hawn returned to the big screen for the first time since 2002, co-starring with Amy Schumer in the comedy Snatched, playing mother and daughter.[22][23][24][25]

Personal life

Hawn has studied meditation. In a 2012 interview, she stated, "I don't think of myself as a Buddhist. I was born Jewish, and I consider that my religion." She also stated, "It's not the idea of a particular religion that's important; it's the development of a spiritual life."[26]

Hawn at the Cinema Against AIDS gala in May 2011

Hawn is a supporter of the LGBT community. Speaking on nations such as Nigeria and others which have criminalized gay people, she denounced these laws, stating, "This is man's inhumanity to man, of the first order."[27]

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. Hawn and Trikonis married on May 16, 1969, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and separated on April 9, 1973.[28][29] Hawn then dated stuntman Ted Grossman and Swedish actor Bruno Wintzell,[30] but did not file for divorce from Trikonis until New Year's Eve 1975, after becoming engaged to musician Bill Hudson of the Hudson Brothers, whom she met the previous summer on a first-class flight from New York to L.A.[31] Hawn was granted a divorce in June 1976 and married Hudson on July 3, 1976 in Takoma Park, Maryland.[32] They had two children, television actor Oliver and film actress Kate. Hudson filed for divorce on August 15, 1980.[33] Hawn's divorce from Hudson was finalized in March 1982.[]

Hawn has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since early 1983.[34] The couple first met while filming The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), but became involved after meeting in 1983 on the set of Swing Shift. They have a son, Wyatt (born July 10, 1986).[35] They also own a home in Palm Desert, California.[36] Hawn is also the de facto stepmother of Kurt Russell's son Boston.

The Hawn Foundation

In 2003 Hawn founded the Hawn Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides youth education programs intended to improve academic performance through "life-enhancing strategies for well-being".[37][38] The Hawn Foundation has supported research studies conducted by external researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of its educational program for children, called MindUP.[39]



Year Title Role Notes
1968 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Giggly Girl Credited as "Goldie Jeanne"
1969 The Sidehackers Spectator Uncredited role; Alternatively titled "Five the Hard Way"
1969 Cactus Flower Toni Simmons
1970 There's a Girl in My Soup Marion
1971 $ Dawn Divine Also known as Dollars, and in the UK as The Heist
1972 Butterflies Are Free Jill Tanner
1974 The Sugarland Express Lou Jean Poplin
1974 The Girl from Petrovka Oktyabrina
1975 Shampoo Jill Haynes
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury
1978 Foul Play Gloria Mundy
1979 Lovers and Liars Anita Originally titled "Viaggio con Anita"
1980 Private Benjamin Pvt. Judy Benjamin/Goodman
1980 Seems Like Old Times Glenda Gardenia Parks
1982 Best Friends Paula McCullen
1984 Swing Shift Kay Walsh
1984 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
1992 Housesitter Gwen Duncle / Buckley / Phillips
1992 Death Becomes Her Helen Sharp
1996 The First Wives Club Elise Elliot
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Steffi Dandridge
1999 The Out-of-Towners Nancy Clark
2001 Town & Country Mona Morris
2002 The Banger Sisters Suzette
2017 Snatched Linda Middleton
2017 SPF-18 Narrator


Year Title Role Notes
1967-68 Good Morning, World Sandy Kramer Season 1 (20 episodes)
1968-70 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Herself (regular performer) Seasons 1-3 (64 episodes)
1997 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Herself Episode: "Pavement"
2013 Phineas and Ferb Peggy McGee (voice) Episode: "Thanks But No Thanks"
Additional credits




Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Association Category Result
1969 Cactus Flower Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress[40] Won
David di Donatello Special David[] Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture[41] Won
1970 Cactus Flower / There's a Girl in My Soup BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1972 Butterflies Are Free Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[41] Nominated
1975 Shampoo Golden Globe Awards[41] Nominated
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Golden Globe Awards[41] Nominated
1978 Foul Play Golden Globe Awards[41] Nominated
1980 Private Benjamin Academy Awards Best Actress[42] Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[41] Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
1982 Best Friends Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[41] Nominated
1996 The First Wives Club National Board of Review Best Cast Won
Everyone Says I Love You Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Nominated
2002 The Banger Sisters Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[41] Nominated
2017 -- (all film contributions) Hollywood Walk of Fame Motion Pictures[43] Inducted


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