There are few men who can live with a woman who is, or is per­ceived to be, more POW­ER­FUL THAN THEY ARE

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - LIFE STORY -

‘[Peo­ple] wanted me to be happy and jovial… I thought, “Why not?”’

Her Zen at­ti­tude is in part due to her rst hus­band, West Side Story ac­tor Gus Triko­nis, who in­tro­duced her to Bud­dhism, spark­ing a life­long in­ter­est. The cou­ple eloped to Hawaii in 1969. ‘He opened up new worlds to me – of phi­los­o­phy and of art – and taught me to ask the big­ger ques­tions in life,’ she wrote in her 2005 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, A Lo­tus Grows In The Mud.

Only two years a er her TV de­but, Goldie won the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress Os­car for Cac­tus Flower, a com­edy in which she played the sui­ci­dal lover of a den­tist, steal­ing the show from her vet­eran co-stars Wal­ter Matthau and In­grid Bergman, and gain­ing a rave re­view from The

New York Times. But in 1974, she ex­pe­ri­enced her rst ca­reer low. Steven Spiel­berg cast Goldie in his rst lm,

The Su­gar­land Ex­press, a crime drama in which she played a wife on the run with her prison-fugi­tive hus­band. Steven wanted to show Goldie in a se­ri­ous light, but the movie bombed. Dis­ap­pointed, she re­verted to type for her next role as the girl­friend of War­ren Beatty’s phi­lan­der­ing hair­dresser in 1975’s Sham­poo.

Pri­vately, she was also strug­gling. She sought ther­apy to com­bat panic at­tacks in­duced by the stress of her work and mar­riage. By early 1976, she and Gus were di­vorced. ‘There are few men who can live with a woman who is, or is per­ceived to be, more pow­er­ful than they are,’ she said. As soon as her di­vorce was nalised, she mar­ried Bill Hud­son, a singer she’d met at a party. Their son, Oliver, was born in Septem­ber 1976 and a daugh­ter, Kate, ar­rived in 1979.

While preg­nant with Kate, Goldie landed the role of her ca­reer – as a spoilt, rich young woman who joins the army in Pri­vate Ben­jamin. Keenly at­tached to the project, she took on the role of pro­ducer – un­heard of for a woman ac­tor at the time. Re­leased in 1980, the com­edy earned Goldie an Os­car nom­i­na­tion for Best Ac­tress. But the men who ran Hol­ly­wood didn’t like a woman pro­duc­ing her own lms, and word spread that Goldie was ‘di cult’ to work with – the e ect was bru­tal.

‘I kept hear­ing things like, “But Goldie does her own lms,”’ she said. ‘Even though I met with many won­der­ful, strong di­rec­tors… none of them hired me. I started de­vel­op­ing a com­plex, think­ing they didn’t want to work with me. In truth, they didn’t want the bag­gage of “Goldie Hawn”. [It was] crush­ing.’ That rep­u­ta­tion stayed with her dur­ing the 90s. She could still draw au­di­ences – The

First Wives Club and Hous­esit­ter had healthy box-o ce re­turns – but act­ing ac­claim eluded her.

By then she en­dured an­other di­vorce; her mar­riage to Bill ended in 1982. In 2011, he penned a memoir al­leg­ing Goldie had cheated on him with other men, in­clud­ing her Sham­poo co-star War­ren Beatty, claims she de­nied. Bill said he was moved to speak

out be­cause Goldie’s long-time love Kurt Rus­sell had re­placed him in his chil­dren’s lives and they called him ‘dad’ in­stead [Oliver and Kate say Bill ‘aban­doned’ them].

Goldie rst met Kurt when she was 21 and he was 16, on the set of The One And Only, Gen­uine, Orig­i­nal Fam­ily

Band. ‘I thought he was adorable, but he was much too young,’ she said. ‘Years later, we met up again [in 1983 on the set of Swing Shi ] and I re­mem­bered how much I liked him.’ To­day, the pair re­main hap­pily un­wed, hav­ing had their son, Wy­att, in July 1986. Goldie’s daugh­ter Kate, an ac­tor her­self, com­mented: ‘I think what they have… is re­ally rare and beau­ti­ful and some­thing to strive for.’

Want­ing to help chil­dren in a way that re ected her in­ter­est in Bud­dhism, Goldie with­drew from mak­ing lms in 2002 and founded The Hawn Foun­da­tion in 2003. With psy­chol­o­gists, sci­en­tists, teach­ers and med­i­ta­tion prac­ti­tion­ers, she cre­ated the MindUP pro­gramme to help chil­dren cope with mod­ern life – now more than a mil­lion young­sters world­wide prac­tise MindUP at school or at home. ‘We think they’re just kids, that they just play and go to school, but they are so stressed. When we are able to give them tools to recog­nise their own stress, it puts them in the driver’s seat,’ she said last year.

It was only when Amy Schumer ap­proached her about Snatched that Goldie con­sid­ered a lm come­back. ‘Even­tu­ally some peo­ple got in her ear and told her I wasn’t crazy,’ said Amy. The re­ac­tion to Goldie’s re­turn to act­ing shows how loved she is.

A er Snatched, she’ll re­unite with her First Wives Club co-stars Bette Mi­dler and Diane Keaton for the Net ix movie Di­va­na­tion. It’s not a

FWC se­quel – the trio re­jected that when the stu­dio re­fused to in­crease their pay. ‘Had three men come in there, they would’ve upped their salaries with­out think­ing,’ Goldie said. If the ‘bit­ter­sweet sting of Pri­vate

Ben­jamin’ taught her any­thing, it’s to ght for her worth: ‘I came to know this about my­self: for bet­ter or worse, I don’t give up.’

ABOVE Amy Schumer courted Goldie to co-star in Snatched RIGHT Goldie with fam­ily, (from left) Oliver and Kate Hud­son, hus­band Kurt Rus­sell, and Wy­att Rus­sell

RIGHT Goldie with Liza Min­nelli in their 1980 TV spe­cial Liza and Goldie BE­LOW With co-stars Diane Keaton and Bette Mi­dler in The First Wives Club

BE­LOW Pri­vate Ben­jamin was a wa­ter­shed mo­ment in Goldie’s ca­reer

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