Real name: Goldie Hawn
Birthdate: November 21, 1945
Partner: Kurt Russell
Hawn was born in Washington, DC, to Edward Rutledge Hawn (a band musician who played at major events in Washington) and Laura Steinhoff (a jewelery shop/ dance school owner); she has a sister, Patricia, and had a brother, Edward, who died before she was born. She was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland. Her father, a descendant of Edward Rutledge (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), was a Presbyterian of part German and part Dutch descent. Her mother was Jewish-American, the daughter of Max Steinhoff and Fanny Weiss, immigrants from Hungary; Hawn was raised in the Jewish religion, although she attended church and the family did celebrate Christmas.
Hawn began taking ballet and tap dance lessons at the age of three, and danced in the chorus of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production of The Nutcracker in 1955. She made her stage debut in 1961, playing Juliet in a Virginia Stage Company production of Romeo and Juliet. By 1964, she ran and instructed a ballet school, having dropped out of American University, where she was majoring in drama.
In 2000 Hawn co-starred with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton once again in Town & Country, a critical and financial fiasco. Budgeted at an estimated US$90 million, the film opened to little notice and grossed only $7 million in its North American theatrical run. As of 2006, her last film appearance was in the 2002 film The Banger Sisters.
In 2005, Hawn's autobiography, A Lotus Grows in the Mud, was published. Hawn claims that the book is not a Hollywood tell-all, but rather a memoir and record of what she has learned in her life so far.
Hawn was married to Gus Trikonis from 1969 to 1976. She married Bill Hudson, of the Hudson Brothers, in 1976; the two divorced in 1980 and have two children, Oliver (born 1976) and Kate Hudson (born 1979), both of whom are now noted actors.
Hawn became involved in Eastern philosophy in 1972. She is a practicing Buddhist and has raised her children in both Buddhist and Jewish traditions. She has stated on the Larry King Show that she is a Jewish Buddhist, but neither more Jewish nor more Buddhist. Even though she might have converted to Buddhism, she has said in an interview that she never had to forsake her Jewish heritage to embrace Buddhism. In many interviews, she states that she still holds Jewish beliefs and her Jewish religion and heritage comes before Buddhism. Hawn travels to India annually, and has visited Israel, stating that she felt a strong identification with its people.
Moreover, Hawn founded and funds the Goldie Hawn Institute, formerly called the Bright Lights Foundation. The institute teaches the Buddhist technique of mindfulness training; where fourth through seventh graders are instructed in mindful awareness techniques and positive thinking skills, then tested for changes in behavior, social and emotional competence, and moral development. One school official reports that in one classroom, the children went from having the most behavioral problems, to having zero behavioral problems.
Hawn realizes that many parents oppose bringing Buddhist methods into public schools, and recently stated in Greater Good magazine, published by Greater Good Science Center: "There will always be people who see this as scary, or as some kind of Eastern philosophy that they don't want for their kids." Hawn adds, "Mindfulness gives kids a tool for understanding how their brain works, for having more self-control."