Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, producer, dancer, and singer.
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
and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
for her performance in ''Cactus Flower
Hawn maintained bankable star
status for more than three decades, while appearing in such films 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. She later starred in ''Overboard
'' (1987), ''Bird on a Wire
'' (1990), ''Death Becomes Her
'' (1992), ''Housesitter
'' (1992), ''The First Wives Club
'' (1996), ''The'' ''Out-of-Towners''
(1999) and ''The Banger Sisters
Hawn 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 educates underprivileged children.
Hawn was born in Washington, D.C.
to 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.
[Stated in Hawn interview on ''Inside the Actors Studio'', 2008]
She has one sister, entertainment publicist Patti Hawn; their brother, Edward Jr., died in infancy before Patti was conceived. The girls were unaware of their deceased brother's existence growing up.
Her father was a Presbyterian
of German and English descent. Her mother was Jewish
, the daughter of emigrants from Hungary.
Hawn was raised Jewish
[Hawn in ]
in Takoma Park, Maryland
and attended Montgomery Blair High School
in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland
Hawn began taking ballet and tap dance lessons at the age of three and danced in the corps de ballet of the Ballets Russes 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
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
and at the Peppermint Box in New Jersey
Hawn moved to California to dance in a show at Melodyland Theatre, a theater in the round across from Disneyland, joining the chorus of ''Pal Joey'' and ''How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'' during the June 14 to September 1966 season.
[ Hawn began her acting career as a cast member of the short-lived sitcom ''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.] [
Her next role, which brought her to international attention, was also as a dumb blonde, as one of the regular cast members on the 1968–1973 sketch comedy show ''Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In''. On the show, she often broke out into high-pitched giggles in the middle of a joke, then delivered a polished performance a moment after. Noted equally for her chipper attitude as for her bikini-attired and painted body, Hawn was seen as 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. The same year, she appeared in ''The Spring Thing'', a television special hosted by Bobbie Gentry and Noel Harrison. Other guests were Meredith MacRae, Irwin C. Watson, Rod McKuen, Shirley Bassey, and Harpers Bizarre.
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".
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 with Hawn as its lead:
''Private Benjamin'' also stars Eileen Brennan and Armand Assante and garnered Hawn her second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actress.
[ Hawn's box office success continued with comedies like ''Seems Like Old Times'' (1980), written by Neil Simon; ''Best Friends'' (1982), written by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson; ''Protocol'' (1984), co-written by Nancy Meyers; ''Wildcats'' (1986)—Hawn also served as executive producer on the latter two; and the World War II romantic drama ''Swing Shift'' (1984).
At the age of thirty-nine, Hawn posed for the cover of ''Playboy'' January 1985 issue and was the subject of the Playboy Interview. 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.
[ Hawn made her entry back into film as producer of the satirical comedy ''Something to Talk About'' starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid and made her directorial debut in the television film ''Hope'' (1997) starring Christine Lahti and Jena Malone.] [
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 also starred in Woody Allen's musical ''Everyone Says I Love You'' (1996) and reunited 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. In 1997, Hawn, along with her co-stars from ''The First Wives Club'', Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, received the Women in Film Crystal Awards.
In 1999, she was awarded Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year.
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. 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. 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. In 2018, Hawn cameoed as Mrs. Claus in the Netflix film ''The Christmas Chronicles''. She played Mrs. Claus again, now in a starring role, in its sequel ''The Christmas Chronicles 2.''
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."
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."
Marriages and relationships
Hawn's pre-fame boyfriends included actor Mark Goddard and singer Spiro Venduras. Her first husband was dancer (later director) Gus Trikonis, who appeared as a Shark in ''West Side Story'' and with whom she shares the same birthday. They married on May 16, 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaii and separated on April 9, 1973.
Hawn then dated stuntman Ted Grossman, [Beck, Marilyn (January 16, 1974)] Swedish actor Bruno Wintzell
''The Milwaukee Journal''; accessed May 4, 2017.
and Italian actor Franco Nero, 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 Los Angeles. [Armstrong, Lois (May 17, 1976)] Hawn was granted a divorce in June 1976 and married Hudson on July 3, 1976 in Takoma Park, Maryland. They had two children, son Oliver (born September 7, 1976) and daughter Kate (born April 19, 1979). Hudson filed for divorce on August 15, 1980. Hawn subsequently had a romance with French actor Yves Rénier. The divorce from Hudson was finalized in March 1982.
Hawn has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since Valentine's Day 1983. The couple first met while filming ''The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band'' in 1966, but became involved after re-connecting on the set of ''Swing Shift''. They have a son, Wyatt (born July 10, 1986). In 2000 and again in 2004, news outlets reported that Hawn and Russell were on the verge of breaking up. During the alleged separations, Hawn was linked to newsman Charles Glass and Pakistani cricketer and now Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan. Hawn and Russell, who celebrated 35 years together in 2018, own homes in Vancouver,
She's Golden: With Motherhood and a New Husband on the Way, Life Is a ''Laugh-In'' for Goldie Hawn
''People''; accessed May 4, 2017.
Snowmass, Manhattan, Santa Ynez Valley, Brentwood; and Palm Desert. Hawn has revealed that she has no plans to marry Russell, stating that "I would have been long divorced if I'd been married." Further saying that she and Russell chose to stay together and they do not feel that marriage "cements a relationship."
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". The Hawn Foundation has supported research studies conducted by external researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of its educational program for children, called MindUP.
* 1972, ''Goldie'', Reprise Records: MS 2061
*1972, "Pitta Patta", Reprise Records: REP 1126 (directed by Van Dyke Parks)
*1997, "You Don't Own Me", Columbia Records: XPCD842 (with Bette Midler and Diane Keaton)
Awards and nominations
The Hawn Foundation
interview on BBC Radio 4 ''Desert Island Discs'', September 23, 2012
"Hawn: From 'Cactus Flower' to 'Lotus'"
''USA Today'' (May 4, 2005)
"Goldie Hawn a Wallflower?"
''60 Minutes''. CBS News (May 1, 2005)
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