Goldie Hawn
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Goldie Hawn
At the tender age of three, Goldie Hawn began dancing her way into show business. She was raised just outside Washington, D.C., by a musician father and a dance instructor mother. And at 16, Hawn took to the stage in her first professional role as the lead in Romeo and Juliet.

Hawn chose show business over college after just one year at American University in Washington, D.C. She landed her first television job as a dancer in an Andy Griffith variety show. Hawn then got a regular role in the sitcom Good Morning, World in the late 1960s. Her career really took off when she got a spot on the television comedy show Rowan & Martinís Laugh-In. From 1968-1970, Hawn notched two consecutive Emmy nominations.

Her first major film role in 1969's Cactus Flower won her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. She continued to play the quintessential ditzy blonde in films in the 1970s and early 1980s, earning a total of six Golden Globe nominations. Her films included Butterflies Are Free (1972), Shampoo (1975), The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976), Foul Play (1978), Private Benjamin (1980), and Best Friends (1982).

Hawn then took to producing films she starred in during the 1980s and 1990s, in particular Protocol (1984) and Wildcats (1986). In 1987, she co-starred with her real-life sweetheart Kurt Russell in Overboard, followed by a number of movies with big names such as Mel Gibson, Steve Martin, Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis.

Hawn and her first husband, actor/director Gus Trikonis, were married in 1969 and divorced in 1973. That same year, she married Bruno Wintzell, but their brief marriage also ended in divorce. In 1976, Hawn married comedian Bill Hudson and had a son Oliver, and a daughter Kate -- now an Oscar-nominated actress in her own right (for Almost Famous). In 1980, Hawn and Hudson divorced and Hawn has lived with actor Kurt Russell since 1982. Russell and Hawn have one child, Wyatt.

In 1992, Hawn took a break from acting to care for her sick mother, who died in 1994. She returned with more successes, including The First Wives' Club with Bette Midler and Diane Keaton in 1996. That same year, she starred opposite Alan Alda in Woody Allenís Everyone Says I Love You. In 1999, Hawn and Steve Martin teamed up again in a remake of Neil Simon's comedy The Out-of-Towners. In 2001, Hawn appeared in Town and Country with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton.

Hawn travels to India annually and describes herself as a "Jewish Buddist." She credits her youthful and carefree persona to meditation and yoga and displays her Oscars in her "India Room," where she meditates.

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