Goldie Hawn

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Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn 2011.jpg
Hawn at the Cinema Against AIDS in May 2011
BornGoldie Jeanne Hawn
(1945-11-21) November 21, 1945 (age 69)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationActress, producer, director
Years active1967–present
RelativesErinn Bartlett (daughter-in-law)
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Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn 2011.jpg
Hawn at the Cinema Against AIDS in May 2011
BornGoldie Jeanne Hawn
(1945-11-21) November 21, 1945 (age 69)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
OccupationActress, producer, director
Years active1967–present
RelativesErinn 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 Hudson, Kate Hudson, and Wyatt Russell. Hawn has had 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 Presbyterian and 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.

Hawn in 1978

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 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'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, 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 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 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 1980. 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. 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 July 10, 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[edit]

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]


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1967–1968Good Morning, WorldSandy KramerTV Series, 20 episodes
1968–1970Rowan & Martin's Laugh-InHerself (Regular Performer)TV Series, 64 episodes
1968The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family BandGiggly GirlCredited as "Goldie Jeanne"
1969'The SidehackersSpectatorUncredited
1969Cactus FlowerToni Simmons
1970There's a Girl in My SoupMarion
1971$Dawn DivineAlso known as Dollars, and as The Heist in the United Kingdom
1972Butterflies Are FreeJill Tanner
1974The Sugarland ExpressLou Jean Poplin
1974The Girl from PetrovkaOktyabrina
1976The Duchess and the Dirtwater FoxAmanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury
1978Foul PlayGloria Mundy
1979Lovers and LiarsAnita
1980Private BenjaminPvt. Judy Benjamin/Goodman
1980Seems Like Old TimesGlenda Gardenia Parks
1982Best FriendsPaula McCullen
1984Swing ShiftKay Walsh
1984ProtocolSunny Davis
1986WildcatsMolly McGrath
1987OverboardJoanna Stayton/Annie Proffitt
1990Bird on a WireMarianne Graves
1991DeceivedAdrienne Saunders
1992CrissCrossTracy Cross
1992HousesitterGwen Phillips
1992Death Becomes HerHelen Sharp
1996The First Wives ClubElise Elliot
1996Everyone Says I Love YouSteffi Dandridge
1999The Out-of-TownersNancy Clark
2001Town & CountryMona Miller
2002The Banger SistersSuzette
2013Phineas and FerbPeggy McGee (voice)TV Series, Episode: "Thanks But No Thanks"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearNominated workAwardCategoryResult
1969Cactus FlowerAcademy AwardBest Supporting ActressWon
David di DonatelloSpecial DavidWon
Golden Globe AwardBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureWon
BAFTA AwardBest Actress in a Leading RoleNominated
1970There's a Girl in My SoupNominated
1972Butterflies Are FreeGolden Globe AwardBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominated
1976The Duchess and the Dirtwater FoxNominated
1978Foul PlayNominated
1980Private BenjaminAcademy AwardBest ActressNominated
Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominated
National Society of Film CriticsBest ActressNominated
New York Film CriticsBest ActressNominated
1982Best FriendsGolden Globe AwardBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominated
1996The First Wives ClubNational Board of ReviewBest CastWon
Everyone Says I Love YouSatellite AwardBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureNominated
2001Town & CountryGolden Raspberry AwardWorst Supporting ActressNominated
2002The Banger SistersGolden Globe AwardBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyNominated


  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
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  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). ASIN B00A2PXD1G. 
  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". The Daily Mail. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  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

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