Goldie Hawn was born in Washington, D.C. on November 21, 1945. She is an American actress, dancer, producer, and singer who rose to prominence on the N.B.C. sketch comedy show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” before winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ in 1969 for her performance in “Cactus Flower.” Hawn is the mother of actors Oliver Hudson, Kate Hudson, and Wyatt Russell, and has been with actor Kurt Russell since 1983. In 2003, she founded the Hawn Foundation for the education of underprivileged children. Let’s celebrate her special day right here.
Goldie Jeanne Hawn
November 21, 1945
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Goldie Hawn was born in Washington, D.C. on November 21, 1945, to Laura Steinhoff, the owner of a jewelry shop and a dance school, and Edward Rutledge Hawn, a band musician who performed at major events in Washington. Her name was inspired by her mother’s aunt. Her father was a Presbyterian of English and German ancestry, and her mother was Jewish, the daughter of Hungarian emigrants. Hawn grew up Jewish in Takoma Park, Maryland, and attended Montgomery Blair High School in nearby Silver Spring.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Hawn began her acting career on television. For her performance in the 1969 “Cactus Flower,” she was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress.’ Hawn was regarded as the 1960s’ “it girl” due to her upbeat demeanor and appearance in a bikini. Beginning with “There’s a Girl in My Soup” in 1970, “$” in 1971, and “Butterflies Are Free,” Hawn starred in a string of successful and above-average comedies. She appeared in Hal Ashby’s classic satire “Shampoo” in 1975 and as a lead in “Private Benjamin” in 1976.
Hawn graced the cover of “Playboy” magazine in January 1985. She also appeared for the third time with Kurt Russell in the comedy “Overboard” in 1987. Hawn reteamed with former co-stars Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton for the comedy “Town & Country” in 2001. She also appeared in the film “The Banger Sisters,” alongside Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush.
“A Lotus Grows in the Mud,” Hawn’s autobiography, was published in 2005. In 2013, she appeared as the voice of neighbor Peggy McGee in an episode of “Phineas and Ferb,” alongside Gordon Ramsay. For the first time since 2002, Hawn returned to the big screen in 2017, co-starring in the comedy “Snatched” with Amy Schumer, playing mother and daughter, respectively. She appeared as Mrs. Claus in the Netflix film “The Christmas Chronicles” in 2018, and she reprised her role as Mrs. Claus in the 2020 sequel “The Christmas Chronicles 2.”
Hawn makes her acting debut in the comedy T.V. show "Good Morning World," where she plays Sandy Kramer for 20 episodes.
Hawn is nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role as Toni Simmons in the comedy-romance "Cactus Flower."
Hawn co-stars with Kurt Russell in the comedy "Overboard," in which she portrays Joanna.
Hawn co-writes "A Lotus Grows in the Mud," a memoir with author Wendy Holden, about past episodes and encounters with family, friends, coworkers, and strangers Hawn has met and known throughout her lifetime.
Hawn returns to the big screen for the first time since 2002, co-starring in the comedy "Snatched" with Amy Schumer.
Hawn plays the role of Mrs. Claus in the Netflix adventure film "The Christmas Chronicles," which also stars Russell.
Why We Love Goldie Hawn
She founded a childhood education charity
Hawn established the Hawn Foundation to help improve the academic lives of young children. She said she was "moved by statistics about the increases in school violence and bullying, youth depression, and suicide."
She is always there for her children
Despite her hectic schedule, Hawn was able to provide for her children. It was pretty traditional, according to her daughter Kate Hudson, and most people were surprised to hear it. "As you get older, you realize that different people perceive your parents differently, but they are our parents, and we had a wonderful childhood because there was so much love. Surprisingly, given the magnitude of their careers, they were very present parents."
She practices meditation
Although Hawn is Jewish, she attributes her cheerful demeanor to meditation. "It's not the idea of a specific religion that's important," she explained to "Prevention."
5 Surprising Facts
She almost quit acting for singing
In 1972, Hawn released "Goldie," a country album for Warner Brothers, with the lead single ‘Pitta Patta’ — even though she worked with country legends Dolly Parton and Buck Owens on the album, she chose Hollywood over Nashville.
She opened her ballet school
In 1964, Hawn established her ballet school in her hometown of Washington, D.C., where she gave ballet lessons.
She dropped out of college
Hawn studied drama at American University, but it became clear early on that traditional education was not for her; Goldie revealed for Oprah's “Master Class” series that her parents didn't mind her getting bad grades because "they knew what my vocation was going to be early on."
Her ex-husband was also a dancer
Gus Trikonis, Hawn's first husband, was a dancer and one of the Sharks in "West Side Story."
Her aunt gave her the nickname “GoGo”
Hawn's aunt gave her the nickname and she revealed on “Hoda and Kathie Lee” in 2014 that her grandchildren also call her "GoGo."
Goldie Hawn FAQs
Where is Goldie Hawn right now?
Hawn lives in Los Angeles with partner Kurt Russell.
How did Goldie Hawn meet Kurt Russell?
Hawn and Russell have been together for decades, proving that Hollywood romances can endure. The couple first met on the set of “The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band” in 1966. However, they didn’t start dating until 1983 when they reconnected on the set of their second film, “Swing Shift.”
Does Goldie Hawn have children with Kurt Russell?
Hawn and Russell have one of Hollywood’s cutest families; they’ve been together since 1983. Hawn has two children from her previous marriage and one child with Russell.
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