Goldie Hawn

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Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn - 1978.jpg
Hawn in 1978
Born Goldie Jeanne Hawn
(1945-11-21) November 21, 1945 (age 70)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actress, producer, director
Years active 1967–2002; 2013 (acting)
Partner(s) Kurt Russell (1983–present)
Relatives Erinn Bartlett (daughter-in-law)

Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, 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 Hudson, Kate Hudson, and Wyatt Russell. Hawn has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983.

Early life[edit]

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 one sister, Patricia; her brother, Edward, died as an infant before Goldie's birth.

Her father was a Presbyterian, and of German and English descent, while her mother was Jewish,[2] the daughter of immigrants from Hungary;[3] Hawn had a Jewish upbringing.[1][2][4][5] 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.[6] Hawn was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., 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 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 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 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 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'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).

Hawn at Grand Hôtel in Stockholm 1981

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, fishnet stockings 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 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.[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 1999 she was awarded Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year.[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. 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[edit]

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 at the Cinema Against AIDS in May 2011

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[edit]

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 1982. They have two children, actor Oliver Hudson (born September 7, 1976) and actress Kate Hudson (born April 19, 1979).

Hawn has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983.[13] They first met while filming The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), but became involved after meeting on the set of Swing Shift. They have a son, Wyatt (born July 10, 1986).[14] They also own a home in Palm Desert, California.[15] Hawn is also the stepmother of Kurt Russell's son Boston.

Hawn has five grandchildren. Through her son Oliver and his wife, actress Erinn Bartlett, she has grandsons Wilder Brooks Hudson (born 2007)[16] and Bodhi Hawn Hudson (born 2010),[17] and granddaughter Rio Laura Hudson (born 2013).[18] Through her daughter Kate, Hawn has grandsons Ryder Russell Robinson (born 2004, from Kate's marriage to musician Chris Robinson)[19] and Bingham Hawn Bellamy (born 2011, from Kate's relationship with musician Matthew Bellamy).[20]

The Hawn Foundation[edit]

Hawn founded the Hawn Foundation, which provides youth education programs intended to improve academic performance through "life-enhancing strategies for well-being".[21] The Hawn Foundation has supported research studies conducted by external researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of its educational program for children, called MindUP.[22]


Title Year Role Directed by Notes
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
Giggly Girl
Michael O'Herlihy
Credited as "Goldie Jeanne"
The Sidehackers
Gus Trikonis
Uncredited role; Alternatively titled "Five the Hard Way"
Cactus Flower
Toni Simmons
Gene Saks
There's a Girl in My Soup
Roy Boulting
Dawn Divine
Richard Brooks
Also known as Dollars, and in the UK as The Heist
Butterflies Are Free
Jill Tanner
Milton Katselas
The Sugarland Express
Lou Jean Poplin
Steven Spielberg
The Girl from Petrovka
Robert Ellis Miller
Hal Ashby
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury
Melvin Frank
Foul Play
Gloria Mundy
Colin Higgins
Lovers and Liars
Mario Monicelli
Originally titled "Viaggio con Anita"
Private Benjamin
Pvt. Judy Benjamin/Goodman
Howard Zieff
Seems Like Old Times
Glenda Gardenia Parks
Jay Sandrich
Best Friends
Paula McCullen
Norman Jewison
Swing Shift
Kay Walsh
Jonathan Demme
Sunny Davis
Herbert Ross
Molly McGrath
Michael Ritchie
Joanna Stayton/Annie Proffitt
Garry Marshall
Bird on a Wire
Marianne Graves
John Badham
Adrienne Saunders
Damian Harris
Tracy Cross
Chris Menges
Gwen Duncle/Buckley/Phillips
Frank Oz
Death Becomes Her
Helen Sharp
Robert Zemeckis
The First Wives Club
Elise Elliot
Hugh Wilson
Everyone Says I Love You
Steffi Dandridge
Woody Allen
The Out-of-Towners
Nancy Clark
Sam Weisman
Town & Country
Mona Morris
Peter Chelsom
The Banger Sisters
Bob Dolman
Title Year Role Notes
Good Morning, World
Sandy Kramer Season 1 - 20 episodes
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Herself (regular performer) Seasons 1–3 - 64 episodes
Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Herself (voice) Season 4, Episode 15 - "Pavement"
Phineas and Ferb
Peggy McGee (voice) Season 4, Episode 23 - "Thanks But No Thanks"
Additional credits
  • Private Benjamin (1980) (additionally served as executive producer)
  • Protocol (1984) (additionally served as executive producer)
  • Wildcats (1986) (additionally served as executive producer)
  • My Blue Heaven (1990) (executive producer)
  • Something to Talk About (1995) (executive producer)
  • Hope (1997 TV movie) (director and executive producer)
  • When Billie Beat Bobby (2001 TV movie) (executive producer)
  • The Matthew Shepard Story (2002) (executive producer)




Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Association Category Result
1969 Cactus Flower Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress[23] Won
David di Donatello Special David[citation needed] Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture[24] Won
BAFTA Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1970 There's a Girl in My Soup BAFTA Nominated
1972 Butterflies Are Free Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[24] Nominated
1975 Shampoo Golden Globe Awards[24] Nominated
1976 The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox Golden Globe Awards[24] Nominated
1978 Foul Play Golden Globe Awards[24] Nominated
1980 Private Benjamin Academy Awards Best Actress[25] Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy[24] 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[24] 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[24] Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Stated in Hawn interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2008
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ "". Kate Hudson Family Tree. Retrieved April 5, 2006. 
  4. ^ Caldwell, Deborah. "Goldie: Buddhist, Jew, Jesus Freak". Beliefnet.
  5. ^ "Goldie Hawn A Wallflower?". CBS News. April 28, 2005. 
  6. ^ McClure, Rhonda R. (2003). Finding Your Famous {& Infamous} Ancestors. United States: F+W Media. p. 8. ISBN 1558706542. Retrieved July 1, 2014. ...Goldie's Rutledge line traces back to a Joseph Rutledge, born about born about 1744 in Amelia County, Virginia, and died about 1814 in Greenville, South Carolina. He married Mary Paschal and is Goldie's third great-grandfather. Since Edward Rutledge was born in Charleston, South Carolina on 23 Nov. 1749, it is not possible for Joseph to be a descendant of Edward's. It may still be possible for Goldie and Edward to be cousins, though it looks like the connection would have to be at least three more generations back. 
  7. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Goldie: Review". AllMusic. Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Out-Of-Towners (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Out-of-Towners". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Past Recipients". Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ Goldie Hawn happiness and meditation tips, Prevention
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "'A lasting relationship isn't about marriage': Glamorous Goldie Hawn, 69, reveals the secret to her 32-year romance with Kurt Russell as she poses for fun shoot". Daily Mail. 2 June 2015. Archived from the original on 13 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell have son". The Milwaukee Journal (via Google News). July 10, 1986. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  15. ^ 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). ASIN B00A2PXD1G. 
  16. ^ Fleeman, Mike (August 27, 2007). "Oliver Hudson and Wife Erinn Bartlett Welcome a Son". People. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Oliver Hudson Welcomes Son Bodhi Hawn". March 25, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  18. ^ Leon, Anya (July 18, 2013). "Oliver Hudson Welcomes Daughter Rio Laura". People. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  19. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (January 6, 2004). "Kate Hudson Welcomes a Baby Boy". People. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  20. ^ Michaud, Sarah (July 14, 2011). "Kate Hudson, Matthew Bellamy Name Son Bingham Hawn". People. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ 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
  23. ^ "THE 42ND ACADEMY AWARDS 1970". Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h "Goldie Hawn". Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  25. ^ "THE 53RD ACADEMY AWARDS 1981". Retrieved August 31, 2015. 

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