TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Nine — Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn makes her Summer Under the Stars debut.

I first knew of Goldie Hawn as a cast member on TV’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. (Am I dating myself?) She was cute, funny, a little on the airhead side, and a pure delight to watch – she never failed to bring a smile to my little face (even if I didn’t quite get the joke).

As I got older (and as she got older), I began to see her in feature films, and I discovered that she was more than just a giggling TV star with an appealing haircut and a tattooed bod.


Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born on November 21, 1945, in Washington, D.C. Her mother was a jewelry shop and dance school owner and her father was a band musician. When Goldie (who was named after her mother’s aunt) was three years old, she started taking ballet and tap lessons.

After high school, Goldie enrolled as a drama major in Washington, D.C.’s American University, but she dropped out at the age of 18 and opened her own ballet school. In 1964, Goldie appeared in a production of Can-Can at the Texas Pavilion of the New York World’s Fair, and in a Virginia Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet. She was also seen in summer stock performances of Kiss Me, Kate and Guys and Dolls, and worked as a go-go dancer in New York and New Jersey – an experience she later described as “degrading.”

Young Goldie.

In 1966, Goldie moved to California, where she danced in the chorus of a production of Pal Joey at the Melodyland Theatre in Anaheim. The following year, she was cast in a short-lived CPS sitcom called Good Morning World, playing the “dumb blonde” girlfriend of a radio disc jockey, but it was her next job, as a cast member on Laugh-In, that brought her worldwide fame.


  • Goldie’s first husband was Gus Trikonis, who played a Shark in West Side Story (1961). Her second husband was Bill Hudson, of the singing group The Hudson Brothers.
  • For her performance in Cactus Flower (1969), Goldie won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her co-stars in the film were Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman.
  • Goldie has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983, when they appeared opposite each other in Swing Shift (1984). The two first met in 1966 when both were working on a Disney movie.

    Goldie’s career took off on Laugh-In.

  • Goldie was the producer of the box-office hit Private Benjamin (1980), for which she earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.
  • She was once labeled as “the smartest dumb blonde in Hollywood.”


This was an easy one. I saw Cactus Flower for the first time just a couple of months ago. To me, it has a classic screwball comedy vibe about it, with its wacky plot of a womanizing dentist who has his secretary pose as his wife so that he can avoid marrying his much-younger mistress. I didn’t know what to expect when I watched it, and I completely fell in love with everything about it. I think you will, too.

And join me tomorrow for Day 10 of Summer Under the Stars!

Don’t miss Cactus Flower.

~ by shadowsandsatin on August 8, 2020.

6 Responses to “TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Nine — Goldie Hawn”

  1. I haven’t seen Cactus Flower since I was a kid and everything went over my head. I think I’m ready!

  2. Thanks for the sweet post on Goldie Hawn. Without seeing “Cactus Flower” yet, my favorites are “Foul Play” and “Seems like Old Times”. I have “Cactus Flower” on DVR, and am looking forward to watching it.

  3. […] Day 9: Goldie Hawn […]

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