Biography: Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn

Goldie Jeanne Hawn (born Goldie Jean Studlendgehawn on November 21, 1945 in Washington, D.C.) is a Jewish–American actress who began her career as one of the regular cast members on the 1960s sketch comedy show Laugh-In. Noted equally for her chipper attitude and her bikini and painted body, she personified a 1960s It girl. On the show she would often break out into high-pitched giggles in the middle of a joke, yet in the next moment deliver a very polished performance. Hawn won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1969 film Cactus Flower, which co-starred the now-deceased acting legends, Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman.

Into the 1970s and 1980s Hawn remained a popular figure in entertainment, appearing in various films (generally comedies), and moving into film production, as well. She gathered great respect as a comedy actress, and was outspoken in her liberal political views. Her career died down a bit until 1992 when she revitalized it opposite Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep in the film Death Becomes Her. She also played an aging actress in the late 1990s film The First Wives Club opposite Bette Midler and Diane Keaton. Through the late 1990s and beyond, she has remained popular (in part thanks to the success of her now adult daughter, actress Kate Hudson, whose father is the musician Bill Hudson). She appeared in The Banger Sisters opposite Susan Sarandon in 2002. Her son Oliver Hudson is also an actor, appearing on the short-lived 2004-2005 (WB) television series The Mountain (television series).

She has been in a relationship with Kurt Russell since 1983, and they have a son together, Wyatt Russell, who is now in Vancouver, British Columbia learning and playing hockey. Hawn became a grandmother on 7 January 2004 when her daughter Kate Hudson gave birth to son Ryder Russell Robinson.

Hawn's father, whose family had been in the U.S. for several hundred years, was a Presbyterian; her mother was the daughter of Jewish immigrants from Hungary and Hawn was raised Jewish. Nowadays, Hawn is a practising Buddhist, but still considers herself Jewish, and has raised her children, including actress Kate Hudson, in both the Jewish and Buddhist beliefs.

Her father, Edward Rutledge Studlendgehawn, was a descendant of Edward Rutledge, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (United States).

Hawn has proved her singing talent with a cover version of the Beatles' song "A Hard Day's Night" on George Martin's album In My Life (1998) and, along with Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, in covering the Lesley Gore hit "You Don't Own Me" for The First Wives Club in 1996.

She has written an autobiography called A Lotus Grows in the Mud (2005) which Hawn claims is not a Hollywood tell-all, but rather a memoir and record of what she has learned in her life so far.

On the cover of Playboy, January 1985


The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band Disney, (1968)
Five the Hard Way Crown, (1969) (role unconfirmed)
Cactus Flower Columbia, (1969)
There's a Girl in My Soup Columbia, (1970)
$ Columbia, (1971)
Butterflies Are Free Columbia, (1972)
The Girl from Petrokova Universal, (1974)
The Sugarland Express Universal, (1974)
Shampoo Columbia, (1975)
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox 20th Century-Fox, (1976)
Foul Play Paramount, (1978)
Lovers and Liars Levitt-Pickman, (1979)
Private Benjamin Warner Bros., (1980)
Seems Like Old Times Columbia, (1980)
Best Friends Warner Bros., (1982)
Swing Shift Warner Bros., (1984)
Protocol Warner Bros., (1984)
Wildcats Warner Bros., (1986)
Overboard MGM, (1987)
Bird on a Wire Universal, (1990)
Deceived Touchstone, (1991)
CrissCross MGM, (1992)
HouseSitter Universal, (1992)
Death Becomes Her Universal, (1992)
The First Wives Club Paramount, (1996)
Everyone Says I Love You Miramax, (1996)
The Out-of-Towners Paramount, (1999)
Town & Country New Line, (2001)
The Banger Sisters Fox Searchlight, (2002)