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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Goldie Hawn

Famous For:
Private Benjamin, Overboard, Death Becomes Her
Networth:
$60 Million
Currently Known For:
Snatched
Famous Years:
1968 - Present
Birthdate:
November 21, 1945
Goldie Hawn



  Famous For:
Private Benjamin, Overboard, Death Becomes Her

  Networth:
$60 Million


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It takes a lot of talent to be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in three different decades, and then leave for more than a decade on your own accord. Goldie Hawn is one of the few that can say that, having been an A-lister in the 1970s, 80s and 90s before walking away while still a big star.


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Hawn was born on November 21, 1945 and raised in the Washington, D.C. area where she had an interest in being on stage at a young age. Hawn had learned ballet and acting, and attended American University as a drama major before dropping out to teach ballet. Hawn was supported by her parents, saying that her father told her to “stay real” and that “expectations are greater than realization.”

When she was around 20 years old, Hawn made her way out to California to perform in a Disneyland show and admitted that she was fearful of the west coast life of entertainment. “It didn’t instill that kind of joy and excitement that everyone around me was feeling,” she said. “What I wanted in life was happiness, to be honest, and in my young life, I always read about how screwed up Hollywood was.”

Still, a television producer spotted her in the chorus line at Disneyland and cast her on the comedy “Good Morning, World” on CBS. The series lasted for just one season, but Hawn immediately landed on her feet as a cast member for the series “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”. That boosted Hawn to mainstream stardom, where she was suddenly being cast in movies such as “Butterflies are Free”.

In 1969, Hawn played Walter Matthau’s fiancee in the film “Cactus Flower”, and received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, setting her up for long term success. With that, Hawn would appear in 1970s movies such as “The Sugarland Express” and “Shampoo”, and 1980s movies such as “Private Benjamin”, “Wildcats” and “Overboard”.

After a hot start in the 1990s with “Bird on a Wire” and “Death Becomes Her”, Hawn took a break from acting to care for her mother who was terminally ill. In 1996, Hawn was back on the big screen, appearing in the films “The First Wives Club” and “Everyone Says I Love You”.

2001 would see Hawn star in the film “Town & Country” alongside Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty, but the film was a huge bomb. Not only did it lose millions in the box office, but critics universally panned the movie. The next year, Hawn would star in “The Banger Sisters” that did solidly at the box office despite average ratings.

Then, it seemed that Hawn disappeared from the big screen. It would be another 15 years before we saw Hawn in a film again, appearing in the 2017 comedy “Snatched” with Amy Schumer. Hawn said that she took a long break from Hollywood because she was in a transition period. “I asked some of my girlfriends, all actresses of the same age,’ What are we going to do now?’”

“I wanted to go live somewhere for a while, learn archaeology, or take part in healing the world on some level,” she sadded. “I wanted to dig deep and say, ‘Who am I now? What do I have to offer? What do I have to learn?’ I started learning about the brain, psychology. And after 9/11, I decided, ‘I know what I’m going to do.’”

With that, Hawn created an organization known as MindUP that educates children around the globe. Of course, even while Hawn was away from Hollywood, her family was very busy with acting. Hawn had been linked with men in the past such as Mark Goddard and was once married to Gus Trikonis, but it was her second marriage to musician Bill Hudson that spawned her first two children. Her son Oliver Hudson has appeared in television shows such as “Rules of Engagement” and “Nashville” while daughter Kate Hudson has starred in “Almost Famous” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”.

In 1983, Hawn had started dating actor Kurt Russell whom she had met many years prior, and they’ve been together ever since. Along the way, they’ve had one child (a son named Wyatt in 1986), but have never technically been married.

Hawn is enjoying retirement, and doesn’t want to come back to the screen full-time, saying that “Snatched” was a one-off role that she did at the request of Amy Schumer. Hawn has said that the movie “business was changing while I was in it. Conglomerates were coming in, starting to buy studios. Now it’s all about being on the stock market, building amusement parks.”

So for now, Hawn seems perfectly content with being a philanthropist while her husband and children spend their time on the big screen. She’s said that helping children is “a different world. You don’t have people coming up to you to ask if they can help get the lint off the back of your jacket.” Still, you can’t rule out a return to acting, even if it’s on television or Broadway. “There’s so much to say about the decades I’ve lived through,” she said. “I’ve never gone the normal route, whatever that is. If it even exists.”

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