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The Golden Days of Goldie Hawn

Sure, she may have become big in the late ’60/early ’70s and perhaps had some success in the ’90s, but the golden era of Goldie Hawn (for me at least) was the ’80s.

Goldie Jean Hawn (yep, Goldie is her real name) quickly parlayed her 1968 Emmy-nominated turn on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In into movie roles. She started off with an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her work on 1970’s Cactus Flower. Then continued to grace the big screen over the next decade with movies like Butterflies Are Free, The Sugarland Express and Shampoo among others.

My introduction to the blonde bombshell came in 1980 with her starring role in Private Benjamin. She earned her second Academy Award nomination as the socialite-turned-soldier opposite Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Albert Brooks and more. (She lost the Oscar to Coal Miner’s Daughter star Sissy Spacek.)

(longer trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTuip4gVJWg)

The next big hit for me featuring Hawn was 1986’s Wildcats — in which she played a high school track coach who decides to take over the football coach job at an inner-city school. She starred in a cast that also included Swoosie Kurtz, Jan Hooks, Nipsey Russell, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Mykelti Williamson.

(also check out Hawn and the cast singing over the closing credits in a song you may hate me for reminding you of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CfnKEYAbyo)

And nothing tops Hawn’s comedic talent than her role in 1987’s Overboard as an heiress who is struck with amnesia. Hawn starred opposite her real-life partner Kurt Russell for a third time (following The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) and Swing Shift (1984)). Russell plays a carpenter that she’s wronged who decides to use her memory loss to his advantage. Hijinks ensue.

(*All three of the above movies are available to watch in full online. Have a Hawn-athon!)

Her other 1980’s films include Seems Like Old Times (1980), Best Friends (1982), Swing Shift and Protocol (1984). And she went on to star in Bird on a Wire (1990), Death Becomes Her (1992), The First Wives Club (1996), Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and The Out-of-Towners (1999). The 2000s—her 5th decade in the biz—brought Town & Country (2001) and The Banger Sisters (2002).

The actress was last heard in 2013 lending her voice to the animated series Phineas and Ferb. She has also dabbled in producer, directing, writing and singing.

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