She’s good as Goldie. Born in Washington, D.C., Goldie Hawn was raised by artists — perhaps securing her destiny as an actor. Her father was a band musician and her mother, Laura Steinhoff, was the owner of a jewelry store and dance school. She was raised Jewish in Silver Spring, Md. Hawn, who has acted in over 30 films, has been absent from the silver screen for the past the 15 years — until now. The 71-year-old actress, director and producer will be starring in the 2017 comedy “Snatched” alongside MOT comedian, Amy Schumer. Slated to come out on May 12th, the film follows the bizarre adventures of Hawn and her daughter, (Schumer), on a vacation gone wrong.
Seven reasons we have a Jewess crush on Goldie Hawn:
1. Light on her feet. Before Hawn was landing roles on the big screen, or acting at all, she was dancing. Starting with ballet and tap when she three, Hawn danced in the corps de ballet of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production of the Nutcracker when she was 10-years-old. At just 19 she ran and taught in a ballet school and in 1964 she made her professional dancing debut in a production of Can-Can at the Texas Pavilion of the New York World’s Fair. From there Hawn went on to be a professional go-go dancer in the Big Apple.
2. Award winner. Hawn may have started out as a dancer, but she had no trouble transitioning to acting. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1969 comedy film, “Cactus Flower”, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1980 film “Private Benjamin.” She also starred in iconic films like “There’s A Girl In My Soup,” “Overboard, “The First Wives Club.”
3. Comedy chops. Even though she may have played ditzy blondes in some of her roles, Hawn is no airhead. She’s got a sharp wit and versatility that landed her in a group with fellow quick-thinkers. From 1968-1973 she was on the sketch comedy show, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” as a regular cast member. In 1980 she landed a primetime variety special with Liza Minelli called “Goldie and Liza Together,” which was nominated for four Emmy Awards.
4. Spiritual soul. When Hawn needs to unwind she does so with her mind — an impressive feat. Having studied meditation, the actress has a zen quality about her. But she has made it clear in past interviews that she does not think of herself as Buddhist. “I was born Jewish,” shes aid in a 2012 interview, “and I consider that my religion.” For Hawn, meditation is more about practicing spirituality.
5. Stands up for others. As an occasional singer, Hawn has a gifted voice. But she also has vocal power when it comes to supporting others. Hawn has been an advocate for the LBGT community for years and has spoken about nations that criminalize homosexuality, stating that it was inhumane.
6. Mensch alert. In 2003, Hawn founded the Hawn Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides youth education programs designed to enhance academic performance. Her foundation has supported research studies that evaluate the effectiveness of education prgrams for children called MindUP.
7. Comeback kid. For someone who lit up the screen with such ease for years, Hawn’s disappearance from films was notable. But now her 15-year hiatus is coming to a close with the upcoming comedy “Snatch.” In the film, Hawn, along with her daughter, played by Schumer, gets kidnapped by South American gangsters and chaos ensues. That’s a trip we’d like to be on.
Watch the official "Snatch" Trailer:
Welcome back Goldie.