Celebrity Then And Now
Celebrity Then And Now
Goldie Hawn
Name: Goldie Hawn
Birthdate: November 21, 1945
Famous Years: 1968-Present
Currently Known For: Snatched
Networth: $60 MillionFamous For: The Sugarland Express, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club
Goldie Hawn
Name Goldie Hawn
Birthdate November 21, 1945
Famous Years 1968-Present
Currently Known For Snatched
Networth $60 Million
Famous For The Sugarland Express, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club

It might not seem like it’s been 50 years since Goldie Hawn made her debut in front of a national audience, but it’s true. The fact that the 72 year old looks great at her age does have a way of skewing the perception of time, especially when you consider that she’s been on screen in just one movie over the past 16 years.

Going back to an earlier time, though, Hawn was born in the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. on November 21, 1945. Hawn excelled at performing in front of crowds at a young age, which allowed her to take her talents out west to Los Angeles where she was almost immediately cast into television after she was spotted at Disneyland while performing at a theater.

Growing up, Hawn didn’t have a keen interest in being an actress, but rather another form of art: dance. “I had a life plan,” she said. “Get married, and have a nice house and open a dancing school and teach children. I didn’t want to be a star. I thought stars were totally messed up.”

Hawn would end up making a career on playing a bit of a ditzy blonde character, which dated back to her audition for “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”. During the audition, Hawn forgot a word in her dialogue and started laughing at herself as a result. The flub would end up getting Hawn the role, because “that giggle is what everyone came to know and love…Literally I had to pretend I didn’t have a thought in my brain for those years,” she said.

During her time on “Laugh-In”, Hawn was cast in the comedy film “Cactus Flower” starring Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman. The role would be a very beneficial one for the then-24 year old who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. This would open the door for Hawn to be a leading lady, starring in films throughout the 1970s such as “The Sugarland Express”, “Shampoo” and “Foul Play”.

The 1980s wouldn’t signal a slowdown in Hawn’s career. In fact, it was quite the opposite as she became a bankable star once again thanks to her leading roles in films such as “Wildcats”, “Seems Like Old Times” and “Private Benjamin”. The latter would end up getting Hawn her second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress.

Hawn would then cut back on her work schedule in the 1990s, though she would still star in films such as “Something to Talk About” and “The First Wives Club”. In 2002, Hawn decided to step away from Hollywood entirely when she made what she thought would be her final film with “The Banger Sisters” before coming back on Amy Schumer’s request for the 2017 film “Snatched”.

At the very beginning of her career, Hawn was married to actor Gus Trikonis, and the couple tied the knot in 1969. Following their divorce in 1976, Hawn would re-marry, this time with Bill Hudson. The two had three children during their six year marriage, including actress Kate Hudson.

Since 1983, though, Hawn has been with actor Kurt Russell, but the two have not been married. Hawn has said that the two don’t need to be married, because “A lasting relationship isn’t about marriage. It’s about compatibility and communication. And you need both to want it to work. Intention is the key. It’s also about not losing yourself in each other. Being together, two pillars holding up the house and the roof, and being different, not having to agree on everything, learning how to deal with not agreeing. Everything’s a choice.”

Instead of focusing on continuing her acting career, Hawn has been more interested in her life at home with Russell, seeing her children achieve success on their own and becoming more involved with philanthropic work. In 2003, Hawn started the Hawn Foundation that provides children with programs to improve academically over more than 10 countries.

“You want to feel like you come to school and you know how to refresh yourself, so you can learn, be happier and be more productive,” she says of her foundation. “We know how we’re going to be able to change the way we’re thinking, just by thinking.” She says the program “comes from deep inside of me. It has nothing to do with what I do, making people laugh or being an actress, but it has a lot to do with who I am, and it matters to me.”

Hawn doesn’t have many plans to continue acting full-time outside of the occasional appearance here and there, but does have some opinions about how Hollywood has changed over the years. “The industry has changed so where they build the big movies stars, and you had your sort of icons and things like that, it’s not quite the same anymore. There’s so many channels of distribution…so there are people I’ve never heard of who really are doing incredibly well on the television shows stuck somewhere and Netflix has just this amazing library or Amazon or Hulu.” With all of those different paths, Hawn figures to stick to movies when she does make an appearance, but it’s hard to tell when the next one will come.