20 Surprising Secrets About Goldie Hawn That Every Fan Of The Star Should Know

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Thanks to roles in movies such as Private Benjamin, Overboard and Death Becomes Her, Goldie Hawn became one of the most popular Hollywood actresses of the late 20th Century. But how much do you really know about the Oscar winner? Well, these 20 Hawn facts may come as a surprise – even to the most devoted fans.

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20. Her brother died before she was born

Goldie Hawn was born in 1945 to a mother who ran a dance school and a musician father who was a regular performer in bands across the future actress’ hometown of Washington, D.C. And she was the third child in the family, as her sister Patti had arrived seven years previously. Her brother Edward Jr., meanwhile, was born in 1937, but Hawn never met him as he tragically passed away in infancy.

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19. She’s named after her great-aunt

Goldie Hawn may sound like the kind of stage name that an aspiring star would adopt on her way to chasing their Hollywood dream. It’s totally the Oscar winner’s real name, though. Hawn was given the moniker “Goldie” in tribute to her mother’s aunt, as the star revealed during her 2008 appearance on Inside the Actors Studio.

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18. She dropped out of college

Hawn enrolled as a drama student at Washington, D.C.’s American University, but she never completed her course. Surprisingly, though, her mother and father were never too concerned about her educational achievements. Speaking on Oprah’s Master Class in 2012, Hawn said that her parents didn’t particularly care about any disappointing grades, since they always believed that one day she was going to be an actress.

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17. She was once a ballet teacher

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However, Hawn had several different everyday jobs before she made it to the bright lights of Hollywood. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she once worked as a ballet teacher in Washington, D.C. to make ends meet, for instance. And Hawn herself was no stranger to that particular form of dance, having had lessons in the discipline since the early age of three.

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16. Her first husband was a dancer

A love of dance was something that Hawn seemingly had in common with her first husband. The star walked down the aisle with Gus Trikonis – best known for playing a Shark in the iconic musical West Side Story – in Honolulu in May 1969. Sadly, though, the marriage didn’t last, with the couple splitting less than four years later.

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15. She had “more than a moment” with Warren Beatty

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Hawn later confessed to having “more than a moment” with Warren Beatty during her first marriage. And while she hasn’t elaborated on exactly what is meant by that phrase, she has nevertheless discussed the time she spent filming $ with the Hollywood icon. “He was so handsome that I didn’t know if my eyes would burn inside my head if I looked at him long enough,” Hawn said during a 2017 appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

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14. She recorded a country album

Just a few years after finding fame as an actress, Hawn proved that she had another string to her bow. In 1972 she released a country album, simply titled Goldie, on the Reprise Records label. She also managed to attract some pretty impressive collaborators to help her out, with both Buck Owens and Dolly Parton lending their voices to the record.

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13. She sued two poster companies for invasion of privacy

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Hawn certainly didn’t see the funny side when two companies used her image for a tongue-in-cheek promotion. Hole in the Wall and E.Z. Card Co. were forced to pay damages of $3,000 after featuring the star in an endorsement for potato chips brand Granny Goose captioned, “Granny who?” Hawn claimed that she had felt humiliated by the advert and that it had potentially hindered her ambitions to be taken seriously as a dramatic actress.

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12. She turned down a role in Kramer vs. Kramer

The list of films Hawn has turned down is almost as long as the list of films she has actually appeared in. Kramer vs. Kramer is perhaps the most famous movie the star passed on during her career, with others including Hitchcock’s Family Plot, Pretty Baby, Atlantic City and Big Business. She also decided to jettison of 2014’s This Is Where I Leave You due to delayed shoots, with Jane Fonda ultimately replacing her as matriarch Hilary Altman.

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11. She isn’t actually married to Kurt Russell

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Having been together from 1983, Hawn and Kurt Russell have enjoyed one of Hollywood’s longest-lasting relationships. The pair first encountered one another as youngsters in 1966 while shooting The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band but only began dating afer filming Swing Shift 17 years later. However, contrary to what many people believe, the pair have never actually walked down the aisle together.

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10. She moved to Vancouver to help her son pursue his dream

Hawn and Russell welcomed their first and only child into the world, Wyatt, in 1986. And the actress later proved that she would do a lot for their son. Indeed, Hawn once uprooted to Vancouver from Los Angeles just to support Wyatt’s hockey ambitions. She later told Harper’s Bazaar, “I wanted him to have his dream, and I wanted to be there as a mom.”

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9. She has five different homes

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Hawn and Russell have also developed quite the real estate portfolio. In fact, the pair own no fewer than five different houses across the United States and Canada. Alongside their place in the aforementioned Vancouver, the couple also own homes in Snowmass Village, Colorado, Manhattan and the Californian cities of Palm Desert and Brentwood.

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8. She took a two-year hiatus to care for her mother

Following the success of Death Becomes Her and Housesitter, Hawn took a break from the industry to look after her sick mother. Sadly, though, after a two-year battle with cancer, mom Laura succumbed to the disease. Hawn eventually returned to the big screen in 1996 when she appeared alongside Dennis Quaid and Julia Roberts in the comedy Something to Talk About.

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7. She took a pay cut to help The First Wives Club get made

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The First Wives Club was one of the most successful comedies of the mid-1990s, raking in $180 million at the worldwide box office. However, studio bosses originally didn’t have much faith that audiences would go to see a comedy featuring three female leads. In fact, Hawn and her co-stars Bette Midler and Diane Keaton even had to take pay cuts just to ensure that the movie got made at all.

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6. She starred in one of the all-time biggest box office flops

In 2001 Hawn teamed up again with the man she had “more than a moment with,” Warren Beatty, in Town & Country. However, their reunion didn’t exactly turn out to produce box-office gold. In fact, the comedy is widely regarded as one of the all-time biggest flops. Town & Country completely flew under the radar upon its North American release and subsequently earned just $7 million – a fraction of the $90 million it cost to make.

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5. She launched a children’s educational foundation

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In 2003 Hawn launched an eponymous foundation designed to improve academic achievement through various mindfulness techniques. Approximately two million youngsters across nine different nations participate in its main program, MindUP, including those in Canada, Serbia and the U.K. Hawn collaborated with psychologists and neuroscientists for several years to formulate its 15-lesson plan, which aims to reduce the stresses that children face today.

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4. She’s battled depression and anxiety

Hawn knows all about the importance of mental health issues, having battled depression and anxiety herself. The star also underwent nine years of therapy following her sudden rise to fame as she struggled to deal with her new-found celebrity. In 2017 she told CBS News, “I was turned upside down about my own reality. I had anxiety, I didn’t want to go anywhere. I lost my smile.”

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3. She meditates

Hawn also credits her daily meditation routines for her improved mental well-being. The star explained her relationship with the practice in an interview with healthy lifestyle magazine Prevention in 2012. She said, “I don’t think of myself as a Buddhist. I was born Jewish, and I consider that my religion. It’s not the idea of a particular religion that’s important; it’s the development of a spiritual life.”

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2. Amy Schumer had to fight to get her cast in Snatched

After a self-imposed 15-year hiatus from the film world, Goldie Hawn made her eagerly awaited big-screen return in 2017’s Snatched. But co-star Amy Schumer had to fight to get the star a role in the movie, since 20th Century Fox had concerns about casting an actress who had been out of the public eye for a long time. However, the execs eventually relented when Schumer threatened to leave the project if they didn’t change their minds.

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1. She once voiced a character in Phineas and Ferb

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Snatched may have seen Hawn’s first performance in front of the camera in 15 years, but she wasn’t entirely absent from screens during this period. That’s because in 2013 the star voiced the character of neighbor Peggy McGee in the hit Disney animated show Phineas and Ferb. Her particular episode also featured an unlikely co-star in the shape of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

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