Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, producer, 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 (1969).
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.
Hawn's later work includes starring roles in the films 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 (2002). After a fifteen-year hiatus from film acting, Hawn made a brief comeback in Snatched (2017). She 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 helps underprivileged children.
Hawn in 2011
Goldie Jeanne Hawn
November 21, 1945
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, producer, singer|
(m. 1969; div. 1976)
(m. 1976; div. 1982)
|Partner(s)||Kurt Russell (1983–present)|
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress |
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
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. She has one sister, entertainment publicist Patti Hawn (born March 24, 1938); their brother, Edward Jr. (born February 10, 1937) died as an infant shortly before Patti was conceived.
Her father was a Presbyterian of German and English descent. Her mother was Jewish, the daughter of emigrants from Hungary. Hawn was raised Jewish. She was raised 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 Ballet Russe 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 a theater across from Disneyland. Hawn began her acting career as a cast member of the short-lived CBS situation comedy Good Morning, World during the 1967–68 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 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.
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:
It was like watching the greatest audience I've ever seen. She laughed and then she got real emotional and her eyes would fill up with tears. She loved the image of herself in an Army uniform and she loved what the movie had to say.
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, Protocol (1984), co-written by Nancy Meyers, 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, in which she 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, as well as making 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 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. 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.
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.
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."
Hawn's pre-fame boyfriends included actor Mark Goddard and crooner Spiro Venduras. Her first husband was dancer (later director) Gus Trikonis, who appeared as a Shark in West Side Story. They married on May 16, 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaii and separated on April 9, 1973. Hawn then dated stuntman Ted Grossman, Swedish actor Bruno Wintzell 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 L.A. 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's next romances were with French actor Yves Rénier, television star Tom Selleck and Moroccan businessman Victor Drai. 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). Hawn is also the de facto stepmother of Russell and Season Hubley's son Boston. 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 politician Imran Khan. On the May 11, 2017 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Hawn quasi-confirmed longstanding rumors–which she previously had denied–of an affair with Warren Beatty during the filming of their 1971 heist movie Dollars. Hawn and Russell, who celebrated 35 years together in 2018, own homes in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Snowmass Village, Colorado; Manhattan, New York; Brentwood and Palm Desert, California.
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.
|1967–68||Good Morning, World||Sandy Kramer||Season 1 (20 episodes)|
|1968–70||Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In||Goldie (regular performer)||Seasons 1–3 (64 episodes)|
|1997||Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Herself||Episode: "Pavement"|
|2013||Phineas and Ferb||Peggy McGee (voice)||Episode: "Thanks But No Thanks"|
|1968||The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band||Giggly Girl||Credited as "Goldie Jeanne"|
|1969||The Sidehackers||Spectator||Uncredited role; alternatively titled Five the Hard Way|
|1969||Cactus Flower||Toni Simmons|
|1970||There's a Girl in My Soup||Marion|
|1971||$||Dawn Divine||Also known as Dollars, and in the UK as The Heist|
|1972||Butterflies Are Free||Jill Tanner|
|1974||The Sugarland Express||Lou Jean Poplin|
|1974||The Girl from Petrovka||Oktyabrina|
|1976||The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox||Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury|
|1978||Foul Play||Gloria Mundy|
|1979||Lovers and Liars||Anita||Originally titled Viaggio con Anita|
|1980||Private Benjamin||Pvt. Judy Benjamin|
|1980||Seems Like Old Times||Glenda Gardenia Parks|
|1982||Best Friends||Paula McCullen|
|1984||Swing Shift||Kay Walsh|
|1987||Overboard||Joanna Stayton / Annie Proffitt|
|1990||Bird on a Wire||Marianne Graves|
|1992||Housesitter||Gwen Duncle / Buckley / 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 Morris|
|2002||The Banger Sisters||Suzette|
|2018||The Christmas Chronicles||Mrs. Claus|
|1969||Cactus Flower||Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Won|
|1970||Cactus Flower / There's a Girl in My Soup||BAFTA Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|1972||Butterflies Are Free||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|1975||Shampoo||Golden Globe Awards||Nominated|
|1976||The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox||Golden Globe Awards||Nominated|
|1978||Foul Play||Golden Globe Awards||Nominated|
|1980||Private Benjamin||Academy Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||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 Awards||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 Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2002||The Banger Sisters||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|2017||— (all film contributions)||Hollywood Walk of Fame||Motion Pictures||Inducted|
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Best Friends is a 1982 American Technicolor romantic comedy film starring Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn. It is loosely based on the true story of the relationship between its writers, Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin. The film is directed by Norman Jewison and is a drama as well as a romantic comedy.Bird on a Wire (film)
Bird on a Wire is a 1990 American action comedy film starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The title refers to the Leonard Cohen song "Bird on the Wire". The alley motorcycle chase scene was filmed in Victoria's Chinatown, in Fan Tan Alley.Butterflies Are Free
Butterflies Are Free is a 1972 American comedy-drama film based on the play by Leonard Gershe. The 1972 film was produced by M.J. Frankovich, released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Milton Katselas and adapted for the screen by Gershe. It was released on 6 July 1972 in the USA.
Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert starred. Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her performance.
While the original play was set in Manhattan, New York, the screenplay written for the 1972 film was set in an unknown location in San Francisco.Cactus Flower (film)
Cactus Flower is a 1969 American comedy film directed by Gene Saks and starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, and Goldie Hawn, who won an Oscar for her performance.
The screenplay was adapted by I. A. L. Diamond from the Broadway play of the same name written by Abe Burrows, which in turn was based upon the French play Fleur de cactus by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy. The film was the eighth highest-grossing film of 1969.CrissCross
CrissCross is a 1992 American drama film directed by Chris Menges and written by Scott Sommer, based on his homonymous novel. It stars Goldie Hawn, Arliss Howard, Keith Carradine, Steve Buscemi, and David Arnott.Everyone Says I Love You
Everyone Says I Love You is a 1996 American musical comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, who also stars alongside Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Gaby Hoffmann, Tim Roth, Goldie Hawn, Natasha Lyonne and Natalie Portman. Set in New York City, Venice and Paris, the film features singing by actors not usually known for their singing.
Everyone Says I Love You did not do well commercially, but is among the more critically successful of Allen's later films, with Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert even ranking it as one of Allen's best.Foul Play (1978 film)
Foul Play is a 1978 American comedy mystery-thriller film written and directed by Colin Higgins, and starring Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase, Dudley Moore, Burgess Meredith, Eugene Roche, Rachel Roberts, Brian Dennehy and Billy Barty. In it, a recently divorced librarian is drawn into a mystery when a stranger hides a roll of film in a pack of cigarettes and gives it to her for safekeeping.
The film inspired an ABC television series starring Barry Bostwick and Deborah Raffin that aired in early 1981, and was cancelled after six episodes. The film received seven Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Hawn), Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Chase) and Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Moore), as well as for the Academy Award for Best Song, but won none.Housesitter
Housesitter is a 1992 American romantic comedy film directed by Frank Oz, written by Mark Stein, and starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. The premise involves a woman with con-artist tendencies who worms her way into the life of a reserved architect by claiming to be his wife.Lovers and Liars
Lovers and Liars (Viaggio con Anita) is a 1979 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Monicelli and starring Goldie Hawn and Giancarlo Giannini. It is Hawn's only foreign film. It was released in the United States in February 1981.Overboard (1987 film)
Overboard is a 1987 American romantic comedy film directed by Garry Marshall, written by Leslie Dixon, starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, and produced by Roddy McDowall, who also co-stars. The film's soundtrack was composed by Alan Silvestri.
Although it opened to mixed reviews and was a box office disappointment, Overboard has grown a cult status over the years and has been remade twice. In 2006, it was adapted into the South Korean television series Couple or Trouble, and in 2018 it was remade with Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez.Private Benjamin (1980 film)
Private Benjamin is a 1980 American comedy film starring Goldie Hawn. The film was one of the biggest box office hits of 1980, and also spawned a short-lived television series. The film is ranked 82 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Laughs list, and 59 on Bravo's list of "100 Funniest Movies".Seems Like Old Times (film)
Seems Like Old Times is a 1980 American comedy film starring Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Charles Grodin, directed by Jay Sandrich and written by Neil Simon. It is the only film directed by Sandrich.
After Nick Gardenia (Chase) is forced to rob a bank, and becomes a fugitive, he seeks help from his ex-wife Glenda Parks (Hawn), a public defender. Her current husband, Ira Parks (Grodin), is the Los Angeles County district attorney, who harbors a jealous disdain towards Nick.
The film was the second pairing of Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase, after 1978's Foul Play.Shampoo (film)
Shampoo is a 1975 American satirical comedy-drama film written by Robert Towne and Warren Beatty, and directed by Hal Ashby. It stars Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant, Jack Warden, Tony Bill, and Carrie Fisher in her film debut.
The film is set on Election Day 1968, the day Richard Nixon was first elected as President of the United States, and was released soon after the Watergate scandal had reached its conclusion. The political atmosphere provides a source of dramatic irony, since the audience, but not the characters, are aware of the direction the Nixon presidency would eventually take. However, the main theme of the film is not presidential politics, but sexual politics; it is renowned for its sharp satire of late-1960s sexual and social mores.
The lead character, George Roundy, is reportedly based on several actual hairdressers, including Jay Sebring, Jack Sahakian, and film producer Jon Peters, who is a former hairdresser. Sebring was murdered by Charles "Tex" Watson in 1969. According to the 2010 book Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America by Peter Biskind, the screenwriter Towne based the character on Beverly Hills hairdresser Gene Shacove.Swing Shift (film)
Swing Shift is a 1984 American romantic drama war film directed by Jonathan Demme and produced by and starring Goldie Hawn with Kurt Russell. It also stars Christine Lahti, Fred Ward and Ed Harris, Belinda Carlisle, and Holly Hunter (in one of her first movie roles).
The film received critical acclaim with, Lahti receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress but was a box office bomb, grossing just $6.6 million against its $15 million budget.The Banger Sisters
The Banger Sisters is a 2002 American comedy film written and directed by Bob Dolman, and produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The film stars Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon as two middle-aged women who used to be friends and groupies when they were young.
It was released on September 20, 2002. The film was Hawn's last acting role until the release of Snatched in 2017, fourteen and a half years after the release of The Banger Sisters.The First Wives Club
The First Wives Club is a 1996 American comedy film based on the best-selling 1992 novel of the same name by Olivia Goldsmith. The film was produced by Scott Rudin and directed Hugh Wilson. It stars Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler as three divorcées who seek revenge on their ex-husbands for having left them for younger women. The supporting cast comprises Stephen Collins, Victor Garber and Dan Hedaya as the three leads' ex-husbands, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Marcia Gay Harden and Elizabeth Berkley as their lovers, respectively. Other supporting roles are played by Maggie Smith, Bronson Pinchot and Stockard Channing.
The film became a surprise box-office hit following its North American release, eventually grossing $181,490,000 worldwide, mostly from its domestic run, despite receiving mixed reviews. It developed a cult following particularly among middle-aged women, and the actresses' highest-grossing project of the decade helped revitalize their careers in film and television. Composer Marc Shaiman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, while Hawn was awarded a Blockbuster Entertainment Award and both Midler and Parker received Satellite Award nominations for their portrayals.The Girl from Petrovka
The Girl from Petrovka is a 1974 American comedy-drama film starring Goldie Hawn and Hal Holbrook, based on the novel by George Feifer.There's a Girl in My Soup
There's a Girl in My Soup is a 1970 British romantic comedy film based on the long running stage play, directed by Roy Boulting and starring Peter Sellers and Goldie Hawn. It was Sellers' last commercial success for several years.Wildcats (film)
Wildcats is a 1986 American sports comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie starring Goldie Hawn, James Keach and Swoosie Kurtz, and is also the film debut of Wesley Snipes, Kevin Reeder and Woody Harrelson.