Goldie Hawn was destined to be in the entertainment industry, and she paved the way for many actresses to follow in her footsteps, including her own daughter, Kate Hudson. Goldie was born in 1945 in Washington, D.C.. Her mother owned a dance studio/jewelry shop, and her father worked as a musician. Goldie studied drama in college and worked as a professional dancer before making it big in the film world.
Her first major role was in the 1969 movie Cactus Flower. This role earned her an Academy Award for best supporting actress. Goldie went on to star in many major motion pictures. At 75 years of age, she is a beloved actress to this day. Let’s take a look at some of her famous roles from the 1980’s.
Private Benjamin (1980)
In 1980, Goldie Hawn starred in the film Private Benjamin, which landed her an Academy Award nomination. This comedy was one of the biggest box office hits of 1980. Goldie plays Judy Benjamin, a young Jewish woman who decides to join the army after the death of her husband on their wedding night. Judy is under the impression that joining the army will be a nice getaway and a way to make new friends. She is in for a rude awakening when she arrives for training. Goldie Hawn portrays the role with her undeniable charm and likeability.
Goldie was featured in the American football film, Wildcats, in 1986. Her character, Molly McGrath, is the coach of the girls high school track team at a rough, inner city school. When the position of boys football coach becomes available, Molly takes it, much to the surprise of her co-workers (and the students). The players are not a fan of Ms. McGrath at first, but soon they grow to love her. Goldie Hawn plays this role in the most entertaining and lovable way. Although it’s not considered one of the greatest high school sports movies of all time, Wildcats provides entertainment and a few laughs for the audience, and Hawn lights up the screen with her usual charm.
Last, but definitely not least on our list is Overboard. This 1987 film stars Goldie Hawn opposite Kurt Russell, who is her real life partner to this day. The pair’s chemistry can be felt through the screen, and their real life romance has lasted for almost 40 years! In Overboard, Goldie plays a rude but beautiful young heiress, Joanna. She hires Dean, a carpenter, to build a closet on her yacht. The two definitely do not hit it off when they first meet. After an accident at sea, Joanna suffers from amnesia. Dean leads Joanna to believe that they are married as a way to get the money she owes him. He tricks her into basically being his housekeeper and taking care of his 4 kids. The film is a highly enjoyable 1980’s romantic comedy.
Some of Goldie Hawn’s best known roles were from 1980’s films. This blonde haired bombshell won over the hearts of audiences everywhere with her sweet and bubbly personality. Her roles in films like Overboard and Private Benjamin truly showcase her acting talent.