Goldie & Kurt Their love story

Af­ter three decades, these Tin­sel­town veter­ans are more in love than ever

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Con­tents - writes TRUDIE MCCON­NOCHIE

Hol­ly­wood is lit­tered with re­la­tion­ships that col­lapse un­der the weight of com­pet­ing work sched­ules and in­tense pub­lic scru­tiny. But there’s one union that’s al­ways kept fans be­liev­ing in last­ing love – the stead­fast ro­mance be­tween Goldie Hawn and Kurt Rus­sell.

The cou­ple have been to­gether for 34 years and al­though they’re yet to wed, they made it clear last week that they’re just as crazy about each other now as the day they first met.

Goldie, 71, and Kurt, 66, kissed, cud­dled and had each other laugh­ing as they re­ceived joint stars on the hal­lowed Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame. The touch­ing cer­e­mony was so heart­felt it could al­most have been mis­taken for the wed­ding they never had!

That fact cer­tainly wasn’t lost on Goldie’s fa­mous daugh­ter Kate Hud­son, who is es­tranged from her bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther Bill Hud­son and re­gards Kurt as a fa­ther fig­ure and a man she deeply ad­mires.

“I was slot­ted in to talk about my mother, but I have two par­ents and they’re both here,” a proud Kate said in her speech last week. “I al­ways thought I’d be talk­ing about them at a wed­ding or some­thing. But since a wed­ding doesn’t seem to be in our near fu­ture, this seems to be my only op­por­tu­nity.”

Even Goldie made light of the oc­ca­sion’s wed­ding feel – and she wasn’t afraid to make it known just how madly in love she is with her man.

“Can we just get mar­ried? We’ve never had a cel­e­bra­tion like this be­fore!” Goldie joked. “This means more to me as I start re­flect­ing on things… That star is part of ‘yes’… I said ‘yes’ to Kurt Rus­sell.”

Mean­while, Kurt made the crowd swoon as he re­flected on the im­pact his love-filled part­ner­ship with Goldie has had on both his pro­fes­sional and per­sonal lives over the years.

“Goldie, to you I owe my won­der­ful life,” he said. “Sim­ply put, Goldie, I cher­ish you. All of the stars in the sky or on the boule­vard don’t hold a can­dle to that. There’s no one else I’d rather be next to than Goldie Hawn.”

The event was a fit­tingly ro­man­tic cel­e­bra­tion for two peo­ple whose care­free and fun-filled re­la­tion­ship re­mains one of show­biz’s most en­dur­ing.

Goldie and Kurt met in 1968 on the set of The One And Only when she was 21 and he was 16. Ini­tially she didn’t act on her at­trac­tion to him, as she thought he was too young.

But when their paths crossed again on the set of 1984 flick Swing Shift, when Goldie had split from her sec­ond hus­band Bill – with whom she shares chil­dren Kate, 38, and Oliver, 40 – she couldn’t deny her feel­ings any longer.

Goldie and Kurt have been to­gether ever since, wel­com­ing son Wy­att in 1986. They’ve al­ways re­sisted pres­sure to tie the knot, and Goldie – who was pre­vi­ously mar­ried to di­rec­tor Gus Triko­nis from 1969 to 1973 – in­sists they don’t need a piece of pa­per to prove their com­mit­ment to each other.

“I’ve been mar­ried twice,” she’s said. “Ba­si­cally, once you’ve done it once, once you’ve done it twice and you re­alise that mar­riage, or the act of mar­ry­ing, has noth­ing to do with the suc­cess [of the re­la­tion­ship].

“The wake-up call ev­ery day is, ‘Do I want to be with this man? Do I want to be in this

Kurt and Goldie in 1989, at the Os­cars.

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