Hollywood's golden girl

Nov 21, 2011, 08:55 IST | Special Features

She's known for her exuberance, her 1000-watt smile and her pleasing personality. Actor Goldie Hawn has always been a charmer. As she turns 66 today, CS tells you more about her: 

>> Goldie Hawn is an actress, film director, producer, and an occasional singer. She is known for her roles in Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Foul Play, Overboard, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, and Cactus Flower, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

>> Goldie began taking ballet and tap dance lessons at the age of three, and also appeared in The Nutcracker in 1955. She made her stage debut in 1961 in the play Romeo and Juliet. By 1964, she ran and taught in a ballet school, having dropped out of American University, where she was majoring in drama. In 1964, she made her professional dancing debut in Can-Can.

>> Goldie began her acting career as a cast member of the situation comedy Good Morning, World. Her next role, which brought her to international attention, was Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. On the show, she would often break out into high-pitched giggles in the middle of a joke, and deliver a polished performance a moment after. Noted equally for her chipper attitude as for her bikini and painted body, she personified something of a 1960s 'It' girl.

>> Her first husband was dancer (later director) Gus Trikonis, who appeared as a Shark in West Side Story. Her second husband was Bill Hudson; the two divorced in 1980. They have two children, actor Oliver Hudson and actress Kate Hudson. She has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983. The couple have a son, Wyatt Russell.

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