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Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn
Hawn in 1978
Born Goldie Jeanne Hawn
(1945-11-21) November 21, 1945
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actress, producer, director
Years active 1967–present
Relatives Erinn Bartlett (daughter-in-law)

Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. Hawn is known for her roles in television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and films such as The Sugarland Express, Private Benjamin, Foul Play, Shampoo, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, and Cactus Flower, for which she won the 1969 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is the mother of actors Oliver and Kate Hudson, and actor Wyatt Russell. Hawn has had a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • 1960s 2.1
    • 1970s 2.2
    • 1980s 2.3
    • 1990s 2.4
    • 2000s 2.5
  • Personal life 3
    • Relationships and family 3.1
    • The Hawn Foundation 3.2
  • Filmography 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7
    • Videos 7.1

Early life

Hawn was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Laura (née Steinhoff; November 27, 1913 – November 27, 1993), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Hawn (September 28, 1908 – June 7, 1982), a band musician who played at major events in Washington. She was named after her mother's aunt.[1] She has a sister, Patricia; her brother, Edward, died as an infant before Goldie's birth.

Hawn is often reported to be a direct descendant of Edward Rutledge, the youngest signatory of the Declaration of Independence; however, genealogical research has shown that Rutledge is not an ancestor of Hawn's.[2] Hawn was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., and attended Montgomery Blair High School in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland. Her father was Presbyterian and her mother was Jewish,[3] the daughter of immigrants from Hungary;[4] Hawn had a Jewish upbringing.[1][3][5][6]

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 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]


Publicity photo for Cactus Flower (1969)


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 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 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 primetime Emmy. Four months later the film Foul Play (with Chevy Chase), was released and 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".[7]


Hawn at Grand Hôtel in Stockholm 1981

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 primetime Emmys. In the same year, Hawn took the lead role in Private Benjamin, a comedy she produced. Private Benjamin, which also stars 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 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. Hawn posed in a giant martini glass wearing nothing but a white collar shirt, a loosened black tie, and a pair of red stilettos. Her last film of the 1980s was opposite partner Kurt Russell for the third time in the comedy Overboard (1987).


Hawn's career slowed down after leaving Hollywood in the late 1980s, but revived somewhat in 1990 with 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 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 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.[1]

Hawn in 1989

Hawn returned to the screen again in 1996 as the aging, alcoholic actress Elise Elliot in the financially and critically successful 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.[8][9] 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.[10]


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. In 2002, she appeared in The Banger Sisters opposite Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush.

In 2005 Hawn's autobiography, A Lotus Grows in the Mud, was published.

Personal life

Hawn at the Cinema Against AIDS in May 2011

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".[11]

Hawn is a supporter of the LGBT community. Speaking on nations such as Nigeria and others which have criminalized homosexuals, she denounced these laws, stating, "This is man's inhumanity to man, of the first order."[12]

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; the couple married in 1976 and divorced in 1980. They have two children, actor Oliver Hudson (born September 1976) and actress Kate Hudson (born April 1979).

Hawn has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983. They had first met while filming The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), but became involved only after meeting on the set of Swing Shift. They have a son, Wyatt (born 1986).[13] They also own a home in Palm Desert, California.[14]

Hawn is the stepmother of Kurt Russell's son Boston, and she became a grandmother in 2004 when her daughter gave birth to son Ryder Russell Robinson. Her second grandson, Wilder Brooks Hudson, was born to her son Oliver and his wife, actress Erinn Bartlett, in 2007.[15] In 2010, Oliver and his wife had another boy, whom they named Bodhi Hawn Hudson.[16] Her daughter Kate gave birth to her fourth grandson, named Bingham Hawn Bellamy, in July 2011.[17][18] Her son Oliver welcomed his first girl and Goldie's first granddaughter in July 2013, named Rio.[19]

The Hawn Foundation

Hawn founded the Hawn Foundation, which provides youth education programs intended to improve academic performance through "life-enhancing strategies for well-being".[20] The Hawn Foundation has supported research studies conducted by external researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of its educational program for children, called MindUP.[21]


Year Film Role Other notes
1967–1968 Good Morning, World Sandy Kramer TV series
1968–1970 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Herself (regular performer) TV series
1968 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Giggly Girl Credited as Goldie Jeanne
1969 Cactus Flower Toni Simmons
1970 There's a Girl in My Soup Marion
1971 $ Dawn Divine aka Dollars
1972 Butterflies Are Free Jill Tanner
1974 The Sugarland Express Lou Jean Poplin
1974 The Girl from Petrovka Oktyabrina
1975 Shampoo Jill
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury
1978 Foul Play Gloria Mundy
1979 Lovers and Liars 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 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 Miller
2002 The Banger Sisters Suzette
2013 Phineas and Ferb Peggy McGee (voice) TV series (Episode: "Thanks But No Thanks")

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1969 Cactus Flower Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Won
David di Donatello Special David Won
Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Won
BAFTA Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1970 There's a Girl in My Soup Nominated
1972 Butterflies Are Free Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
1975 Shampoo Nominated
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Nominated
1978 Foul Play Nominated
1980 Private Benjamin Academy Award Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
1982 Best Friends Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
1996 The First Wives Club National Board of Review Best Cast Won
Everyone Says I Love You Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated
2001 Town & Country Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actress Nominated
2002 The Banger Sisters Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Stated in Hawn interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2008
  2. ^ McClure, Rhonda R. (2003). Finding Your Famous {& Infamous} Ancestors. United States: F+W Media. p. 8.  
  3. ^ a b "Woman's Hour (interview of Hawn)". BBC Radio. March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2012.  Minute 10:17 Q. You describe yourself as a Jewish Buddhist? A. "That's very old. I don't know where that came from. I'm Jewish....I've studied Buddhism. I've studied Christian faith. I've studied Sufi. I am a great believer in looking at all religions, comparative religions...I am not a JewBu. I am actually born to Jewish mother and I was raised Jewish but my father was Presbyterian so I also went to Presbyterian church."
  4. ^ "". Kate Hudson Family Tree. Retrieved April 5, 2006. 
  5. ^ Caldwell, Deborah. "Goldie: Buddhist, Jew, Jesus Freak". Beliefnet.
  6. ^ "Goldie Hawn A Wallflower?". CBS News. April 28, 2005. 
  7. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Goldie: Review".  
  8. ^ "The Out-Of-Towners (1999)".  
  9. ^ "The Out-of-Towners".  
  10. ^ "Past Recipients". Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ Goldie Hawn happiness and meditation tips, Prevention
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell have son". The Milwaukee Journal (via Google News). July 10, 1986. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  14. ^ Meeks, Eric G. (2012). Palm Springs Celebrity Homes: Little Tuscany, Racquet Club, Racquet Club Estates and Desert Park Estates Neighborhoods (Kindle). Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. p. 452 (location number).  
  15. ^ Fleeman, Mike (August 27, 2007). "Oliver Hudson and Wife Erinn Bartlett Welcome a Son". People. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Oliver Hudson Welcomes Son Bodhi Hawn". March 25, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  17. ^ Owen, Pamela (July 17, 2011). "Post baby glow: Kate Hudson makes her first appearance since giving birth to son Bingham Hawn".  
  18. ^ "It's a boy! Kate Hudson welcomes her second child". July 10, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
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  21. ^ Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Lawlor, M. S. (2010). The effects of a mindfulness-based education program on pre-and early adolescents’ well-being and social and emotional competence. Mindfulness, 1(3), 137-151. pdf

External links


  • "The Films of Goldie Hawn" on YouTube, movie clips
  • "Hawn: From 'Cactus Flower' to 'Lotus'" USA Today (May 4, 2005)
  • "Goldie Hawn A Wallflower?" .60 Minutes. CBS News (May 1, 2005)
  • "Goldie Hawn's '10 Mindful Minutes' for Children".  
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