An Academy Award winning actress for Best Supporting Actress, Goldie Hawn, who first came to prominence as one of the regular cast members on the swinging ‘60s variety show “Laugh-In,” gained widespread recognition portraying ditsy Greenwich Village salesgirl Toni Simmons in Cactus Flower (1969), in which she netted an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award, as well as received nominations at BAFTA and the Golden Globes. Hawn obtained even more popularity as Judy Benjamin in the highly successful comedy Private Benjamin (1980, also an executive producer), a role that brought Hawn an Oscar nomination, as well as a Golden Globe nomination. In 1996, she won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for her bright performance in the blockbuster hit comedy The First Wives Club (1996), opposite Diane Keaton and Bette Midler. Her next collaboration with Keaton was in 2001’s Town and Country. However, Hawn was given a Razzie Award for her role.
One of the elite group of actresses who can “open” a major motion picture, Hawn is also well-remembered for such movies as There’s a Girl in My Soup (1970), Butterflies Are Free (1972), Shampoo (1975), The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976), Foul Play (1978), Best Friends (1982), Robert Zemeckis’ Death Becomes Her (1992), HouseSitter (1992) and The Banger Sisters (2002).
On the small screen, Hawn made a name for herself as an accomplished director when she took home a Lone Star Film & Television Award for her brilliant contribution to the made-for-TV film Hope (1997). She was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Variety or Music Program for Goldie and Liza Together (1980) and received two other Emmy nominations for Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement for her hilarious work on “Laugh-In” in 1969 and 1970.
Off screen, one of Empire magazine’s “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” (1995), Hawn is Buddhist. She is a top supporter of Dalai Lama, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Tibetan spiritual leader who fled his homeland after a failed uprising against Chinese communist troops, who occupied the Himalayan territory, in 1951. In 2002, Hawn and Richard Gere joined Dalai Lama at a conference in northern India. A year later, the two offered $1 million to improve the condition of Tibetans living in exile in a north Indian town. As for her private life, Hawn had been married twice. She first married Gus Trikonis in 1969, but they divorced seven years later. In 1976, the actress married Bill Hudson, with whom she has two children, Kate Hudson (born in 1979) and Oliver Hudson (born in 1976). Unfortunately, the couple divorced in 1980. After the failures, she became romantically involved with superstar Kurt Russell and they are still together now. She once disclosed that her relationship with Russell is so strong because they are not married. Hawn and Russell have a son named Wyatt Russell (born in 1986).
Childhood and Family:
In Washington D.C., Goldie Jean Studlendegehawn was born on November 21, 1945. Her parents, Edward (former musician) and Laura (dance school owner and administrator) raised Goldie and her sister Patricia in Tacoma Park, Maryland. Taking ballet and tap lessons by age 3, Goldie showed off her craft by dancing in the chorus of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production of “The Nutcracker” when she was 10. Six years later, she made her stage debut in Williamsburg, Virginia, portraying Juliet in a Virginia Stage Company production of “Romeo and Juliet.” A Silver Spring’s Montgomery Blair High School graduate, Goldie enrolled as a drama student at the American University in Washington, DC, and at age 17, managed her own dance studio where she taught ballet to pay her college tuition. A year later, she left college and moved to New York City to become a professional dancer. By 1967, the daughter of Jewish and Presbyterian parents, Goldie had added acting to her endeavors.
Goldie tied the knot with actor/filmmaker Gus Trikonis (born in 1938) in 1969, but the couple later divorce in 1976. After the separation, she married actor Bill Hudson (born on October 17, 1949) in 1976, but that marriage also ended in divorce, in 1980. Goldie and Hudson share two children, son Oliver Hudson (born in 1976) and daughter Kate Hudson (actress/model; born on April 19, 1979). She also has a son named Wyatt Russell (born on July 10, 1986) from her relationship with long-term companion, actor Kurt Russell. In January 2004, Hawn took on the new role of grandmother when daughter Kate gave birth to son Ryder Russell Robinson.
Dropping out of collage to pursue a career as a professional dancer in New York City, Goldie Hawn made her professional dancing debut in “Can-Can” at the Texas Pavilion of the New York World’s Fair in 1964, and soon was hired as a go-go dancer in NYC. She sang and danced in revivals of “Guys and Dolls” and “Kiss Me, Kate,” and was spotted by an agent while dancing in the chorus line of a 1967 Andy Griffith TV special. She soon relocated to California to film “Good Morning, World,” a sitcom aired by CBS, in which she was cast in the supporting role of gossiping neighbor Sandy Kramer.
“I don’t think any film has ever captured the lyrical blonde naiveté that Goldie showed on TV’s “Laugh-In.” She is usually pert and engaging: amiability perches on her high, child’s voice and gurgles from her baby’s mouth. The eyes are still eyes from Lolita’s face.” British critic David Thomson on Goldie Hawn
Though the show was immediately cancelled, Hawn received her first break in the following year when she was recruited as one of the regular cast members on the 1968 sketch comedy show “Laugh-In” (1968-1970). Initially appearing on the show clad in nothing more than a bikini and body paint, covered with popular slogans of the era, Hawn gained notice as soon as she was given one-liners. Armed with a very polished performance, she earned nominations at the Emmys for Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement – Individuals in 1969 and 1970, and quickly became one of the most popular stars on the series.
Billed as Goldy Jeanne Hawn, Hawn also got her first taste in front of the film camera in 1968 when she appeared as a giggly girl in The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, a long-forgotten feature whose major significance was that it served as the meeting place for Hawn and her future companion, Kurt Russell.
Hawn’s film career subsequently skyrocketed when she was cast alongside veterans Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman in Gene Saks’ Cactus Flower (1969), playing kooky Greenwich Village salesgirl Toni Simmons, who has an affair with a married dentist. Her performance was critically applauded and she was awarded the 1969 Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, as well as received nominations at BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress and Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer. In 1970, Hawn won a Star of the Year Award from NATO.
More film roles arrived in the following years. Hawn earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress for her costarring role with Peter Sellers in There’s a Girl in My Soup (1970), gave a change-of-pace performance as a prostitute involved in a bank heist, with Warren Beatty, in the caper film $ (1971), and costarred in the romantic comedy Butterflies Are Free (1972), where she was nominated for a Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy at the Golden Globes. Hawn showcased her strongest dramatic performance two years later when she was cast as petty criminal Lou Jean Poplin, a mother whose child is taken away after she is deemed unfit by the courts, in Steven Spielberg’s first theatrical feature The Sugarland Express. Unfortunately, the film was a box office failure. The same year, she also portrayed Oktyabrina in The Girl from Petrovka (1974). In 1975, Hawn charmed critics and the public alike with her fine turn as Warren Beatty’s girlfriend Jill in Hal Ashby’s Shampoo, a big box-office hit for which she took home 7% of the gross.
Hawn continued to give good performances in such films as the Western-comedy The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976), in which her portrayal of a music hall dancer was nominated for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy at the Golden Globes, and the hugely popular Foul Play (1978), a romantic caper that paired Hawn with Chevy Chase. For her fine performance in the latter film, she again earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy.
In 1980, Hawn scored a huge hit at the box office with the Howard Zieff-helmed comedy Private Benjamin. Cast opposite Eileen Brennan and Armand Assante, the actress was so impressive as Pvt. Judy Benjamin/Goodman, a caricatured “Jewish American Princess” who grows up through a stint in the Army, that she received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. Not only acting, the co-founder of Hawn-Mayers-Shyer-Miller Productions, Hawn also took on the duty of executive producer for the comedy film. The same year, with Liza Minnelli, Hawn co-hosted CBS’ variety special “Goldie and Liza Together,” in which she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety or Music Program.
Hawn continued to work steadily through the ‘80s and ‘90s, working with Chevy Chase in Seems Like Old Times (1980), Burt Reynolds in Best Friends (1982, received a Golden Globe nomination), Kurt Russell in Swing Shift (1984) and Overboard (1987), Chris Sarandon in Protocol (1984), Swoosie Kurtz in Wildcats (1986, also an executive producer), Mel Gibson in Bird on a Wire (1990) and Damon Redfern in the thriller Deceived (1991). She co-starred in a couple of hit comedies in 1992 like Robert Zemeckis’ Death Becomes Her (opposite Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis) and HouseSitter (with Steve Martin), while the drama CrissCross failed to ignite the box office. During this period, Hawn also served as an executive producer for such movies as Protocol (1984), My Blue Heaven (1990) and Something to Talk About (1995), a romantic comedy-drama vehicle for Julia Roberts, co-starring Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall, Gena Rowlands and Kyra Sedgwick.
After a four-year hiatus from the screen, Hawn staged a successful comeback with Diane Keaton and Bette Midler in the hit comedy The First Wives Club (1996), where she took home a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress in a Comedy. The same year, she got to show off her song and dance ability in the Woody Allen musical-comedy, Everyone Says I Love You. Hawn had another triumph on her hands in the following year when she made her directorial debut on the TNT film Hope (1997), for which her behind-the-scene-effort won Hawn a 1998 Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best Director.
Back in front of the camera, Hawn rejoined Steve Martin for a remake of The Out-of-Towners (1999), costarred opposite Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton in Town and Country (2001, picked up a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress) and appeared with Susan Sarandon in the comedy film The Banger Sisters (2002), where she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. As a producer, Hawn oversaw the well-received TV-movies When Billie Beat Bobby (ABC, 2001), and The Matthew Shepard Story (NBC, 2002). In 2005, she produced two wide-screen movies, Mad Money and Wave. The same year, the co-founder of Cosmic Entertainment (with Russell and children Kate and Oliver Hudson, in 2003) wrote an autobiography titled “A Lotus Grows in the Mud” (2005) which she declares is not a Hollywood tell-all, but rather a memoir and record of what she has learned in her life so far.