25 Little Known Facts about Goldie Hawn: Her Life, Her Loves, Her Movies and More
She's an American sex symbol who's maintained one of the longest relationships in Hollywood, has appeared in almost 30 films and is maintaining an acting career that spans 50 years. That's right - the 73-year-old Goldie Hawn has truly become a Hollywood legend. And there's so much more to know about the beloved actress. Hawn has also managed to stay devoted to her family, being the mother of three grown children that had, in turn, given her six grandchildren. All of this tells us what kind of woman she really is on the inside. We present to you 25 jaw-dropping facts about one of Hollywood's most beloved actresses!
25. ONE OF THE LONGEST HOLLYWOOD RELATIONSHIPS
Having been together for 35 years, the couple formed by Hawn and her life partner 68-year-old actor Kurt Russell is known as one of Hollywood’s longest and most successful relationships. The two share son Wyatt Russell, 33, who is also an actor. When asked about the secret for having last this long, Hawn said that the key to their relationship was never marrying. “I would have been long divorced if I’d been married [to Russell],” she said in a 2016 interview.
Hawn’s first love was dancing. From an early age of 3, the future movie star took ballet classes, and soon started dreaming about becoming a ballet teacher. By the age of 10, she was dancing “The Nutcracker” as part of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
23. COUNTRY MUSIC
Early in the star’s career, when she was still establishing herself in Hollywood (although she had already won an Oscar), Hawn gave a shot at a professional singing career. Her music genre of choice? Country. In 1972, Hawn released her debut (and only) album to date, titled simply “Goldie.” In the record, she covered songs by the likes of Dolly Parton, who made a new arrangement of her hit “My Blue Tears” for Hawn to sing.
22. CRYSTAL AWARDS
In 1997, Hawn received one of the most significant honors in Hollywood, when her entire career was rewarded with a Women in Film Crystal Award (now known as Crystal + Lucy Awards). The award, created in 1977, honors women in the media that have expanded the role of their female colleagues in the industry. Hawn shared the award with her “The First Wives Club” (1996) co-stars, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton.
The actress is also a philanthropist who created her own non-profit organization, the Goldie Hawn Foundation. The charity was created in order to raise awareness about the importance of early and holistic education in children, and raise better adults for tomorrow’s society. In 2003, Hawn launched the MindUP program, “created in response to the global epidemic of childhood aggression, anxiety, depression, and suicide,” according to the organization’s website.
It's no secret that Hawn has been an established sex symbol in Hollywood since she got herself a name in the industry. Even now in her seventies, she is still praised for her beauty and fit body. In 1985, she became one of the selected Hollywood stars to appear in the popular magazine “Playboy,” not only in the US, but also in France and Mexico.
19. BALLET SCHOOL
By age 19, and still unknown to the world, Hawn had made her humble dream of becoming a dance teacher come true. The star was teaching at a ballet school that she was also running in Washington DC. “I had a life plan: Get married, and have a nice house, and open a dancing school and teach children. I never wanted to be a star. I thought stars were totally messed up,” Hawn once told CBS News.
18. JULIET WAS HER FIRST ROLE
When Hawn made her stage debut in 1961, she played Juliet from the famous tragic play by William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet” during the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
Hawn is clearly a spiritual person, but her faith is a complex one. She was raised by a Presbyterian father and a Jewish mother. The actress identifies as Jewish, but she became interested in Eastern religions from the early ‘70s. She is a longtime practitioner of mindfulness and meditation. “It's not the idea of a particular religion that's important; it's the development of a spiritual life. Because spirituality creates well-being, health, and happiness,” she explained in 2012.
16. ACADEMY AWARDS
While other stars in the business can wait for decades before being awarded with an Oscar, Hawn caught the attention of the Academy early in her career, when she debuted on the big screen. In 1970, Hawn earned the Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in 1969’s romantic comedy “Cactus Flower.” Since she couldn’t attend the ceremony, actress Raquel Welch received it on Hawn’s behalf. Hawn received a second nomination for the Academy Awards in the same category in the year of 1981, thanks to the film “Private Benjamin,” which was also the first film she produced.
During the course of her multi-faceted career, Hawn has also written two books. The first one, published in 2005, is a memoir titled “A Lotus Grows in the Mud,” a title that reflects her interest in Buddhism. Ten years, “10 Mindful Minutes” came out, becoming a New York Times bestseller. In the book, Hawn explores the science and the health benefits of the practice of mindfulness meditation, a technique that also originated in Buddhism.
While it feels like she has been with Russell since the beginning of time, Hawn was actually married twice before starting her current relationship from 1983. Hawn’s first marriage was with dancer Gus Trikonis, which went on from 1969 to 1974. In 1974, the actress married Bill Hudson, with whom she shares son Oliver Hudson and daughter Kate Hudson, both of who became actors as well.
Hawn is deeply worried about the modern human’s relationship with technology, which has permeated every aspect of our lives. The actress has been outspoken about the increasing problem. “I think all of us are, on some level, addicted to our screens. Look, we go into restaurants, and people aren't talking anymore. They're texting (…) So we're losing this intimacy that we need to have as human beings,” she told Elle in 2015. In 2014, Hawn was among the panelists that discussed the negative effects of technology on the brain and overall health at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
12. BEST FRIEND
In “Private Benjamin,” Hawn’s character of the same name had the strict Captain Lewis as the main antagonist. But, the actress who played her on-screen enemy, late Eileen Brennan, actually became Hawn’s best friend. When Brennan died in 2013, aged 80, Hawn had heartfelt words to share about her lifelong friend that she lost to cancer. “We have lost my old friend Eileen Brennan. No one ever made me laugh more! Now I cry,” Hawn said in Brennan’s service.
11. 14-YEAR HIATUS
In 2002, Hawn entered a 15-year break from the film industry. The sex-icon started to feel like she had to do something more for the world, for others, and for herself. During her time away, she wrote two books and started a global mindfulness movement. Clearly, Goldie wasted no time! She returned to the screen in 2017 with the comedy “Snatched,” alongside Amy Schumer.
10. HER SHOCKING NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE
When she was 19 years old, Hawn clearly remembers having an out of body experience after almost dying in a car accident in New York. Apparently, the actress felt as if she was floating above the scene of the crash, watching the ambulance arrive and the paramedics lifting her body. Many years after the car crash, Goldie went to see a psychic in Thailand. He had no idea who Hawn was. A translator was also used, as the psychic didn’t speak English. The first thing he spoke of? Her near-death experience when she was 18.
He asked if she had been in a car accident and whether she had left her body. Hawn, after taking a moment to recollect her thoughts and memory, remembered the incident and said yes. The psychic explained that the actress wasn’t meant to die. There was something she had to do and was sent back for a reason. Naturally, the Hollywood star was shaken up when she was leaving the room.
9. LEGENDARY INGRID BERMAN IS A FAN
Hawn’s first major big-screen production was in the film ‘Cactus Flower’ where she worked alongside Ingrid Berman. Ingrid was incredibly impressed with the starlet's acting, and even told her that it seemed as if she’s been doing this for a thousand years! For an unknown actress, this is one of the best compliments you could get.
8. SURPRISINGLY, HAWN PREFERS TO KEEP THINGS SIMPLE
Despite reaching Hollywood legend status, Goldie is still down to earth. In 1982, the actress took her small kids, Oliver and Kate, to spend the summer at Ibiza. And no, they weren’t living in luxury. In fact, the family of three stayed in a small house that had no hot water and electricity! The entire place was shabby and cracked - but none of that mattered. That summer, they lived a life of pure simplicity. Goldie loved the experience and said it was the most perfect summer of her life.
7. SHE ADORES ELEPHANTS
Goldie absolutely loves elephants. During her trip to India, Hawn met a blind elephant in a game reserve, who was named Belly Button. Seven years later, the actress returned to the country in order to film a documentary about Asian Elephants. Goldie was reunited with her beloved Belly Button, and was ecstatic to find out the elephant had also become a mommy!
6. SHE COULDN'T STAND THE WAY SHE LOOKED
We know - it's impossible to believe, considering her stunning face and body, but Goldie hated her appearance when she was growing up. Young Goldie believed her nose was too flat, her eyes were too big, her face was too small, and her ears stuck out too much. The only thing she liked about herself? Her hair. Looking at her now, Hawn looks simply amazing for her 70 years.
5. SHE WAS A VEGAS SHOWGIRL
As we established earlier, Hawn was incredibly passionate about dancing. Before becoming a famous actress, Goldie spent some time performing as a Vegas Showgirl. Driving in her ‘59 Chevy convertible, with her little dog Lamb-chop by her side, Hawn was living her dream. With Las Vegas considered the home of dancing, the actress would perform five shows a week for three months at ‘The Desert Inn.’
4. IS GOLDIE HER REAL NAME?
Goldie sounds like a cute nickname or stage name, right? Well, you’ll be surprised to find out that this is actually Hawn’s real first name! In a 2008 ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ interview, the actress explained that she was named after her mother’s aunt. She also has a unique middle name - Jeanne. Growing up, the celebrity’s nickname was “Go-Go,” which her grandchildren call her too. Her partner, Kurt Russell, was given the nickname “Go-Gee.”
3. HAWN'S MOVIES HAVEN'T ALWAYS BEEN SUCCESSFUL
In 2001, Goldie was reunited with her former co-stars, Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty. Together, the Hollywood actresses starred in the comedy film, ‘Town & Country.’ Despite her widely-recognized talent, the movie ended up being a critical and financial fiasco. The film was budged at an estimated US $90 million and grossed only $7 million during its opening. It only lasted four weeks at the theaters.
2. SHE LOVES HER FAMILY
Hawn spent most of her time with her mother in 1992. She had become very ill, so Goldie spent the majority of her time helping and taking care of her. Hawn stayed by her side until 1994, when her mother sadly passed away.
1. THE ACTRESS WENT TO SCHOOL WITH SOME VERY FAMOUS PEOPLE
Hawn attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. This school is highly regarded and was attended by numerous people who ended up having successful careers later on in life. Some of the actress’s classmates included Ben Stein, Carl Bernstein, and the unforgettable Sylvester Stallone! That definitely sounds like one classroom (or school) that would've been entertaining to attend!