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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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“I’m not afraid of my femininity and I’m not afraid of my sexuality.” Often linked with the women’s liberation movement in Hollywood thanks to her iconic role in the 1980 film, Private Benjamin, as well as an “I’ll show you” attitude, Goldie Hawn has proven her talents are truly timeless after ending a 15-year hiatus from the spotlight with her return to the silver screen in Snatched in 2017. As one of the most bankable stars over the last four decades, the 73-year-old Hawn first got her start in the 1960s on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In before she made the transition to film with her award-winning performance in Cactus Flower. From there, she snagged starring roles in hits like There’s a Girl in My Soup, Sugarland Express, Seems Like Old Times, and Private Benjamin before launching into the 1990s with Death Becomes Her, Housesitter, and The First Wives Club.

By the age of 18, Hawn found a great dance studio in Baltimore and splurged on a ’54 Ford, which cost her $50 at the time, to drive the nearly two-hour commute a few nights each week. The same year, she enrolled at American University to study drama but soon dropped out in exchange for running and teaching a ballet school. Before long, she made her professional dancing debut in a production of Can-Can at the New York World’s Fair and then set her sights on New York City where she worked as a go-go dancer at the Peppermint Box in New Jersey.

“What I wanted in life was happiness, to be honest, and in my young life, I always read about how screwed up Hollywood was. I just wanted to be normal. I wanted to have a normal life. I wanted to have children. And when I was picked out of a chorus line and cast in a TV series, I got anxious…” Hawn’s performance on Laugh-In launched her film career with her first major film role coming in 1969 in Cactus Flower, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Believe it or not, Hawn was at home in bed when she learned she won the award. “I just went to bed because I had a job to do,” she said. “I forgot. And you know what? I’m really happy about that. And then my mom and dad called, and they were crying and happy and so proud of their daughter. And that made me cry.”

Hawn’s career skyrocketed over the next decade as she starred in There’s a Girl in My Soup (1970), Butterflies Are Free (1972), Sugarland Express (1974), and Shampoo (1975). During this time, she took a brief hiatus to focus on her marriage to singer Bill Hudson and to start a family with the birth of their son, Oliver. She returned in 1978 with The Goldie Hawn Special before turning heads when she took the reins of her career and starred in Private Benjamin, a 1980 film she co-produced with her longtime friend and screenwriter Nancy Meyers.

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