Goldie Jeanne Hawn is an American actress, producer and singer. She rose to fame on the NBC sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, before going on to receive the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Cactus Flower. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Goldie Hawn.
1. Hawn was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Laura, a jewelry shop and dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Hawn, a band musician who played at major events in Washington.
2. She was named after her mother’s aunt.
3. 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.
4. Her father was a Presbyterian of German and English descent.
5. Her mother was Jewish, the daughter of emigrants from Hungary.
6. Hawn was raised Jewish.
7. She was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland, and attended Montgomery Blair High School in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland.
8. 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.
9. She made her stage debut in 1964, playing Juliet in a Virginia Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet.
10. By 1964, she ran and taught in a ballet school, having dropped out of American University where she was majoring in drama.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.”
14. Hawn is a supporter of the LGBT community.
15. 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.”
16. Hawn’s pre-fame boyfriends included actor Mark Goddard and crooner Spiro Venduras.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. Hawn was granted a divorce in June 1976 and married Hudson on July 3, 1976 in Takoma Park, Maryland.
20. 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.
21. Hawn’s next romances were with French actor Yves Rénier, television star Tom Selleck and Moroccan businessman Victor Drai.
22. The divorce from Hudson was finalized in March 1982.
23. Hawn has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since Valentine’s Day 1983.
24. 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).
25. Hawn is also the de facto stepmother of Russell and Season Hubley’s son Boston.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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”.
30. The Hawn Foundation has supported research studies conducted by external researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of its educational program for children, called MindUP.