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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.”

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.

If we were to ask you to name another bubbly, blonde bombshell born in the 1940s, you’d say Dolly Parton, right? They’re two of the biggest legends of the ’70s, after all! And even though the singer is still very much on the scene, there are some facts about her that even her most loyal fans won’t have heard. Yep, these details will make you love her even more.

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20. Parton and her husband kept a big secret

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Parton met her husband Carl in the early stages of her career, but she was advised to hold on to her single girl image for as long as possible. The loved-up couple didn’t want to wait, however, and so they opted for clandestine nuptials on May 30, 1966, in Ringgold, Georgia. And, incredibly, they managed to keep their marriage hidden for a full 12 months.

19. Before she even arrived in Nashville, she had already made family history

Parton was the very first member of her family to graduate high school – in 1964, at the age of 18. But those smarts didn’t lead her on to further study right away. Instead, she left her hometown of Sevierville the very next day to kick-start her career in the music industry.

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18. Her first professional gig was an unusual one

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Parton’s uncle Billy nurtured his niece’s musical talent from an early age, and it was that support that led her to a career break at a very young age. Specifically, he introduced her to a local businessman who owned a string of grocery stores and promoted his businesses on a Tennessee radio show. And thanks to this canny bit of networking, said promotional radio show would host Dolly’s first performance in front of a live audience – while she was just ten years old.

17. “I Will Always Love You” is an ode to another country star

“I Will Always Love You” remains one of Parton’s most successful songs, not least through Whitney Houston’s chart-topping cover of the track. What many fans probably don’t know, however, is that the lyrics were actually written for Porter Wagoner after he and Dolly ended their long-time musical partnership.

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16. Parton’s locks were in high demand during the ’90s

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During the ’90s Revlon met popular demand by producing a range of wigs modeled on the locks of the famous country singer. And to this day Dolly Parton wigs are still sold online, with the most popular style being a hairpiece of blonde beehive curls.

15. She has a very special connection to the Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts can earn a patch called “Coat of Many Colors” by thinking about those who are less fortunate and organizing ways to help the poor. It was created by the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council, in collaboration with Parton herself, and is named after the country star’s 1971 single of the same name.

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14. She’s an honorary degree holder

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In 2009 Parton was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Texas in Knoxville for her services to charity and entertainment. And in doing so, she became only the second person ever to be given the accolade from the institution.

13. Her iconic look began with some strange experimentation

As she grew up poor in Tennessee, a young Parton couldn’t afford to buy branded make-up. Still, that didn’t stop her from trying to look her best. And that urge led to some creative improvisation, as she would make lip stain out of red berries, create a smokey eyeliner look with charred matches and even scent herself with honeysuckle instead of perfume.

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12. Two of her biggest songs took no time to write

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It took Parton just one night in 1973 to pen songs “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You.” And that feat is all the more incredible given that “Jolene” remains one of the most successful and beloved hits for Parton as a solo artist. “I Will Always Love You,” meanwhile, is arguably even more iconic, thanks to Whitney Houston’s 1992 cover version.

11. There’s one part of being a beauty icon that Parton simply won’t tolerate

Parton has been very open about her relationship with dieting: basically, after years of doing them all, she’s not a fan. “I tried every diet in the book,” she told Vogue in 2017. “I tried eating the book, it tasted better than most of the diets.” Perhaps that’s because food is – alongside men – her biggest weakness.

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10. She was named Tennessean of the Year in 2006 – but not for her music

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Parton’s child literacy charity, Dolly’s Imagination Library, deservedly earned her the accolade of “Tennessean of the Year” back in 2006. Parton launched the charity in 1995 to raise literacy rates among preschoolers in her home county in East Tennessee.

9. Even scientists have honored her

The world’s first cloned mammal was a sheep named Dolly, after Parton herself. And that tribute was a bit of a cheeky one from the scientists involved in the animal’s creation. How? Well, the sheep was cloned from a mammary gland cell – and it didn’t escape them that Parton herself has rather large, well, assets…

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8. She has a surprising link to Buffy The Vampire Slayer

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Parton is definitely a woman of many talents, but her time in TV is perhaps the most surprising achievement of them all. Indeed, through her production partnership with Sandollar Entertainment, the country icon was involved in the making of the hit horror TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Although she remained uncredited throughout the show’s run, Dolly is technically one of its executive producers.

7. Her charity work extends far beyond her literacy program

In December 2016 Parton created the “My People Fund” for residents of the Great Smokey Mountain area. The community had been devastated by wildfires that had forced 2,000 people to flee their homes. And that act of kindheartedness came on the back of yet another one: in November 2016 she awarded a $30,000 college scholarship to a two-year-old who had recently signed up for her literacy program.

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6. An unusual toy inspired her very first song

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Parton was so young when she first started writing lyrics that she had to have her mom write down the words for her. And, charmingly, the first ever tune she composed was about her doll, which was created from a corn cob.

5. She purchased her old family home and made some surprising changes

After achieving some success, Parton had enough money to purchase her childhood home. And not only that, but she spent millions of dollars making it look exactly the way it had looked when she was young – outdoor toilet included.

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4. Childhood bullying led to a life-long phobia

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As a child, Parton was locked in a school cupboard by children who envied her for her appearance on local TV. As a result, she has always been scared of the dark and still goes to bed with a night light on. Aww.

3. She is the biggest employer in her hometown

Parton has been determined to help people living in the community she grew up in ever since she moved away at 18. And so through her theme park, Dollywood, she employs more people in Sevier County than any other business.

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2. She’s been targeted by extremists

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In the mid ’00s, several theme parks participated in “Gay Days,” in which the LGBT community and their families were given a safe space to enjoy all the fun the attractions offered. Dollywood was one of those parks involved, although not everyone approved. In particular, Parton got threats to her person from the Ku Klux Klan for her gesture. Naturally, though, she didn’t let them deter her.

1. Her husband allowed the cameras into their lives – on one condition…

Parton and her husband celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2016 and marked the occasion with a private ceremony to renew their vows in Nashville, Tennessee. And while that’s heartwarming enough by itself, the couple upped the ante even further by selling the photographs of the event at a special charity auction. The money raised went to Dolly’s Imagination Library.

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