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Goldie Hawn

As an actress, Goldie Hawn became known for playing dumb blondes, but behind the camera, she was determined to fulfill her vision as an executive producer and director. Hawn began dancing at age three, performed in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo’s Nutcracker at age ten and ran her own ballet school while attending college. Her dancing earned her a spot on Andy Griffith’s Laugh-In, where she developed her comic persona as a giggly, playful blonde, as well as her improvisational skills. Shifting from comedy to drama, she went on to win a 1969 Oscar and Golden Globe for Cactus Flower and critical praise for her role in Sugarland Express before taking on roles both in front of and behind the camera (as producer) for her iconic Private Benjamin. She has acted in over thirty films, produced movies through her company Cherry Alley Productions, and has directed comedies, dramas, and documentaries.

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"Women have to be very, very tough," says actor-producer Goldie Hawn, who practices what she preaches. Despite the difficulties of working in a male-dominated industry, she has become a force to be reckoned with both in front of and behind the camera.

Institution: Private collection

Date of Birth
November 21, 1945
Place of Birth
Silver Spring, Maryland

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Goldie Hawn." (Viewed on October 25, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/hawn-goldie>.

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