Reasons Why Goldie Hawn Will Forever Be America's Sweetheart  

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America's sweetheart Goldie Hawn returned to acting in 2017 in the movie Snatched - her first film role in 15 years - and she’s been thoroughly missed. The beloved actress launched her fruitful career back in the ‘60s as part of Good Morning, World.  Shortly after, she appeared in sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, in what turned out to be her breakout role. Known for her chipper attitude, infectious laugh, and impressive acting resume, Hawn has been in the public eye for decades. And yet, there are probably still some Goldie Hawn facts you didn't know.  

Not only is she one of the few long-term couples of Hollywood, she's a devoted mom who has won awards for her various acting roles. Goldie Hawn movies are timeless comedic classics - everything from her 1969 film Cactus Flower to the unforgettable Private Benjamin and Overboard

There are plenty of interesting facts about Goldie Hawn's life. Did you know she almost abandoned acting to become a country singer? Or that she supports child education through a foundation she runs herself? All these things prove that Goldie Hawn will forever be America's sweetheart.

Goldie Is Her Real Name

You might have thought Goldie is a stage name. It’s not. The actress revealed she was named after her mother’s aunt, so Goldie is a family name. Her full name is Goldie Jeanne Hawn. When she was just beginning her career in acting, she went by a stage name Goldie Jeanne, but eventually began using her full name. 

She Was One Of The First Women In Hollywood To Call Her Own Shots

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Hawn started her career when women in America were going through liberation renaissance - in Hollywood especially. Women weren't widely directing, writing, or producing films for the industry, but when Hawn came on the scene, she wasn't going to let her gender stop her from making her mark. She was known to ask for rewrites of scripts, getting involved in producing her films, and creating movies that pushed the boundaries of female-led comedies. 

Reese Witherspoon said Hawn was her inspiration for her character Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. She said she looked up to the actress and was thankful for all the boundaries she broke down during her career.  

She Almost Ditched Acting For A Career As A Country Singer
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Can you imagine a world where Hawn would be a country singer instead of an actress? It almost happened. In 1972, she recorded a country LP called Goldie with the help of Dolly Parton and Buck Owens. On the album, Hawn covered the liked of Parton, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison. The LP got favorable reviews, but she eventually chose the Hollywood path. Her son, Oliver, is also a gifted musician. He played Jeff Fordham on drama Nashville.

She Was A Dance Prodigy

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Hawn got the performing bug at an early age. She started dancing when she was only 3 years old. The actress took tap and ballet lessons and was a quick study. Hawn told Oprah Winfrey:  

“Dancing was the most extraordinary experience of my life. I didn’t know it was going to be, I just knew that it was part of my life because I danced three times a week from the age of 3. It was just incorporated in my life."