Goldie Jeanne Hawn is an American actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. Hawn is known for her roles in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Private Benjamin, Foul Play, Shampoo, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, and Cactus Flower, for which she won the 1969 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is the mother of actors Oliver and Kate Hudson. Hawn has maintained a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983.
Goldie Hawn is best known for her vivacious personality and comedic persona in films such as Private Benjamin. She began taking ballet and tap dancing lessons at age three. By age 18, she had dropped out of Washington, D.C.'s American University to start her own ballet school and appeared frequently as a professional dancer in performances throughout New York City and abroad. Goldie Hawn began her career as a dancer, but switched to acting on television and then film. Hawn was a successful television actress in the 1960's, earning two Emmy nominations along the way. In 1980, she starred and produced Private Benjamin, earning an Oscar nomination. Her relationship with Kurt Russell began after working together on several films.
In 1968, Hawn made her feature film debut as a dancer in Disney's The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, where she met future companion Kurt Russell. The bubbly and infectious actress won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Cactus Flower (1969) opposite Walter Matthau. Showing her versatility as an actress, Hawn then gave a well-reviewed dramatic performance in Steven Spielberg's 1974 film The Sugarland Express.
Goldie Hawn has also enjoyed an active television career, starting in 1967 as the gossiping neighbor Sandy on the sitcom Good Morning, World. She became known through her comedy roles in Rowan and Martin's TV review Laugh In (1968??70), earning two Emmy nominations along the way. Hawn has also hosted several variety specials for CBS and ABC.
In 1980, Hawn produced and starred in one of her most memorable films, Private Benjamin, for which she earned her an Oscar nomination. Other films include Robert Zemeckis' Death Becomes Her (1992), The First Wives Club (1996), The Out-of-Towners (1999), and The Banger Sisters (2002).
Hawn reconnected with actor Kurt Russell while filming the movie Swing Shift (1984). The pair also starred together in the romantic comedy Overboard (1987). The enduring couple have been together since 1983 and have a son, Wyatt (born July 10, 1986). Hawn has two children from a previous marriage to Bill Hudson (1974 - 1980), Oliver and actress Kate Hudson. Hawn's first husband was Gus Trikonis (1969 - 1974). Her autobiography, A Lotus Grows in the Mud, appeared in 2005.