Goldie Jean Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an American Academy Award-winning actor, director and producer.
She is best known for starring in popular film comedies of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
Goldie Hawn began her acting career as a cast member of the short-lived situation comedy Good Morning, World during the 1967-1968 television season, her role being that of the girlfriend of a radio disc jockey, with a stereotypical "dumb blonde" personality.
Noted equally for her chipper attitude as for her bikini and painted body, Hawn personified something of a 1960s "It" girl.
This persona was parlayed into three popular film appearances in the late 1960s and early 1970s: Cactus Flower, There's a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies Are Free.
She made her feature film debut in the 1968 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (she was billed as Goldie Jeanne) in a bit role as a giggling dancer.
Hawn won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Cactus Flower (1969), which was her first supporting role and which co-starred Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman.
She starred in a string of above average and very successful comedies starting with There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), $ (1971), Butterflies Are Free (1972) and Shampoo (1975) as well as proving herself in the dramatic league with the satirical dramas The Girl from Petrovka and The Sugarland Express both in 1974.
She also hosted two television specials: Pure Goldie in 1971 and The Goldie Hawn Special in 1978.
The latter was a sort of comeback for Goldie who had been out of the spotlight for two years since the 1976 release of The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, while she was focusing on her marriage and the birth of her son.
On the special she performed show tunes and comedy bits alongside comic legend George Burns, teen matinee idol Shaun Cassidy, popular television star John Ritter (during his days on Three's Company) and even the Harlem Globetrotters joined her for a montage.
The special later went on to be nominated for a prime-time Emmy. This came four months before the feature film release of Foul Play (with Chevy Chase) which became a box office smash and revived Hawn's career in the film industry.
The plot centred around an innocent woman in San Francisco who becomes mixed up in a murder plot. The film was noted for its use of "Hitchcock plagiarism" in that the plot was very similar to some of the late directors murder classics.
Nevertheless, Hawn's next film, Mario Monicelli's Lovers and Liars (1979), was a box office bomb.