The Love Story of Hollywood Sweethearts Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

One of the most iconic and long-lasting couples in Hollywood is one that isn’t even officially married! Goldie Hawn, 74, and Kurt Russell, 68, are probably the cutest golden-aged couple. The famous duo has been together for over 35 years, and they’ve never even gotten officially married. Despite their vow not to marry, their commitment to each other seems stronger than ever.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in Swing Shift, 1984.
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Goldie and Kurt’s love story is an unconventional one, even for Hollywood. She’s one of the most successful actresses of the ever-changing Hollywood scene, and he’s a world-renowned actor who continues to thrill us today. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the decades-long love story of a couple we can all learn a thing or two from and get to know each one a little bit more with interesting facts that you might not have known before!

When Goldie Met Kurt(ie)

It was 1966 when Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell met on the set of a Disney movie. They were both filming for the Disney movie, ‘The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band,’ when they met for the first time, but they weren’t quite ready to start dating yet. As Goldie recalled during a BBC Radio 4 interview, “I was 21, and he was 16.”

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in Overboard in 1987.
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“I thought he was adorable, but he was much too young. Then, years later, we met up again, and I remembered that I liked him very much when I first met him. We both said we would never go out with another actor, so it just shows you never can tell.” But before she realized she liked him this time, he needed to win her heart.

A Cheesy Pick-Up Line

In 1983, when the two met yet again, Kurt used a cheesy pick-up line that stole Hawn’s heart. And really, there’s nothing like a cheesy line to win a woman’s heart. Even someone as charming as Russell couldn’t resist an opportunity to woo the blonde with a pick-up line that went: “Man, you’ve got a great figure.” Luckily for Kurt, it went over well!

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn on the set of Swing Shift holding an old radio and magnets.
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Russell told Conan O’Brien in 2017 about the beginning of their love story. “We’ve kind of met twice. We met in 1966 on a Disney picture. I was 16, and she was a young dancer. It was her first movie. And then the time we got together was 1983 on Swing Shift. I was severely hungover, and I didn’t know Goldie at all outside of having worked with her those many years before. I just didn’t have in my mind what I was going to see, and she had a great body. So the first thing that came out was, ‘Man, you’ve got a great figure.’ It came out quickly, and it could’ve gone wrong, and she said, ‘Why thank you.'”

Their First Date

While the two stars were filming ‘Swing Shift,’ they decided to go out one night after a long day of acting on set. They chalked it up to “practicing a dance scene.” Russell took Hawn to a place called The Playboy Club, where he said they talked for hours. They then decided to go to a house that Hawn recently bought and was going to renovate.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn at the American Ballet Theatre Gala walking in front of Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1985.
Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, and Mikhail Baryshnikov at the American Ballet Theatre Gala in 1985. Photo by Bei / Shutterstock

She didn’t have the key yet, so they broke in. “We eventually found our way upstairs, looking around at imaginary furniture,” Russell said. “We were in the imaginary bedroom when the police walked in because we had to break into the place to get in. That was our first date.” But the cops didn’t get to ruin their first date. The two finished their date in a hotel room. And according to Kurt, they’ve been living together ever since.

A Blended Family

In 1986, Hawn and Russell’s son, Wyatt, was born. Before she started dating Russell, Goldie already had two kids, Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson. Their father is Goldie’s second ex-husband, Bill Hudson. The two were married from 1976 to 1982, and before Bill, Goldie was married to Gus Trikonis from 1969 to 1976. Russell also had a son from a previous marriage. His name is Boston Russell, who was born to his ex-wife, Susan Hubley, to whom he was married from 1979 to 1983.

Goldie Hawn with Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson in 1987 at the movie premiere for Overboard.
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By 1986, Kurt and Goldie welcomed their son, Wyatt. For those who don’t know, Wyatt, Kate, and Oliver are all accomplished actors. The apple clearly doesn’t fall far from the tree! The big blended family makes time to see each other often. “We all have dinner together quite often,” said Goldie. “My daughter lives down the street from me, so I see her a lot.”

They Went Overboard

They starred in Overboard together in 1987. While Hawn said that they never watch their own movies, she did admit that they recently fell into watching the movie ‘Overboard.’ Hawn told James Corden that having watched it together, it triggered a memory. “You know how sometimes you forget why you fell in love?”

Oliver, Goldie Hawn, Wyatt, Kurt Russell, and Kate Hudson at the Almost Famous screening in 2000.
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“I remembered everything, and why I fell in love. It was really something to be able to watch that.” The film must have made an impression on Hollywood because it was remade in 2018. This time, Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez were in the starring roles. But let’s be honest – no one can replace the likes of Goldie and Kurt. I mean, their love is real!

Opening Up About Not Getting Married

The couple has no secrets when it comes to their decision not to marry. They have always been forthcoming about not tying the knot, explaining how their choice not to has been the reason their relationship is so strong. “We have done just perfectly without marrying,” she explained. “I already feel devoted, and isn’t that what marriage is supposed to do?”

Goldie Hawn was massaging Kurt Russell's feet while he reclines in an armchair in the film Overboard, 1987.
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The woman has a point! “So as long as my emotional state is in a state of devotion, honesty, caring, and loving, then we’re fine. We have raised our children brilliantly; they are beautiful people. We did a great job there, and we didn’t have to get married to do that. I like waking up every day and seeing that he is there and knowing that I have a choice. There is really no reason to marry.” You know…when you put it that way….

The Key to a Happy Relationship

Goldie Hawn shared what she thinks is the secret to a happy relationship: “I think the secret is to know when to depend on somebody and when not to,” she said in an interview with Woman’s Day. According to Goldie, it’s important to hold up your side of the house. She believes that one person can’t bear the whole burden because their shoulders start to get heavy.

Goldie Hawn was sitting behind Kurt Russell on the back of a Harley Davidson at the Escape From LA premiere in 1996.
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“The other part is to stay as sexy as you can and make sure you focus on all of those aspects of a healthy relationship. And sexuality is definitely one of them.” Goldie also made a point of saying that she doesn’t spend every waking hour with the man in her life. “In a healthy, longer-term relationship, I would say it’s great to be together about 68% of the time.”

Walk of Fame

In May 2017, the couple received a dual star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Receiving not one – but two – stars on the legendary walk of fame is something quite remarkable. They even kissed during the ceremony, as two love birds would. “It turned out to be a lovefest,” Hawn told People Magazine.

Goldie Hawn lying next to her star, looking lovingly at Kurt Russell, who is kneeling by her side smiling.
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“The last thing he said was, ‘I’ll always cherish you.’ I didn’t expect him to say those things. I had no idea he was going to be so beautiful.” According to Kurt, who said he’s been saying it for 34 years, he doesn’t think Goldie and him are any different than any other couple. He says they go through all the same things, and after so long, they’ve experienced every emotion together.

Surrounded by Family and Friends

Without talks of a wedding, the pair’s star ceremony turned into a combination ceremony and fake wedding bash. Numerous familiar faces were amongst the group of A-list guests in attendance. Director Quentin Tarantino and Big Little Lies star Reese Witherspoon were two of the many guests that were in attendance at this event.

Quentin Tarantino, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Mitch O'Farrell, Kurt Russell, Leron Gubler and Reese Witherspoon at a Walk of Fame event.
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Russell had appeared in two of Tarantino’s movies, Death Proof and most recently The Hateful Eight. Amongst the festivities, the talented Kate Hudson was called up to the podium and honored her mother and stepfather with a gripping, emotional speech.

Celebrating a Family Affair

Kate’s speech moved everyone in the audience but especially affected her mother. Her speech drew tears from Goldie as she celebrated her life as a mother and an actress. Hudson was poised and focused on how Goldie was able to balance a career while refusing to fail at motherhood.

Kate Hudson speaks at the Walk of Fame event in honor of her parents.
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Hudson teased that she always had assumed that she’d be talking about them at their wedding. But since wasn’t going to be happening any time soon, she saw this as her sole opportunity. Despite it not being a wedding, it had the heart and genuine love of a wedding toast.

Goldie’s Wedding Bell Teasers

After years and years of media speculation and family asking when they were going to get married, Goldie had developed a strong sense of humor when it came to all things related to marriage. As she walked to the podium, she playfully bounced off of several of Kate’s talking points.

Goldie Hawn speaks at her Walk of Fame ceremony
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She greeted those in attendance by asking, “Did we just get married?” Goldie went on to squash any rumors or speculation that this ceremony was turning into a wedding by following up with a statement that though this celebration was grand, she wasn’t going to pop the question.

Becoming Grandparents

In October 2018, Goldie’s daughter, Kate, welcomed a baby with her boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa. Their daughter’s name is Rani Rose, and some eager fans were waiting to see the little bundle of joy. They instantly saw a resemblance between Hawn and her grandbaby. Whether she looks like her or not, it’s clear that Rani Rose has very affectionate grandparents.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell with their kids and grandkids.
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In 2019, the couple celebrated Kurt’s 68th birthday in Hawaii. There’s even more evidence that after all these years, Kurt and Goldie still have fun. Hawn shared on Instagram a photo of how they rang in her other half’s birthday during a wine tasting excursion in Hawaii. Her post: “Happy birthday, my honey! I love you.”

Can’t get enough of these two cuties? Here are some facts about each of them…

Ladies First

Let’s start with her. Goldie Hawn has been something of a sex symbol for many years (mostly in her younger years) who’s appeared in almost 30 movies and is maintaining an acting career that’s lasted over 50 years. The 74-year-old has really become a Hollywood legend. And there’s so much to know about this lovable lady. Hawn managed to stay devoted to her family, as the mother of three grown children and six grandchildren.

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Did you know that Goldie Hawn’s first love was dancing? From an early age of just three, the future movie star took ballet classes. It didn’t take long for her to start dreaming about becoming a ballet teacher herself. By the time she turned 10, she was dancing in “The Nutcracker” as part of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

Baseball Was His First Love

Like Goldie, acting wasn’t Kurt’s first love. Baseball was. Russell’s father, Bing Russell, was an actor who appeared mostly in Westerns in the ‘50s and ‘60s. But he also owned a minor league baseball team – the Portland Mavericks. Everyone in Kurt’s family played baseball, with Kurt saying that if he could have done that professionally, he would have.

Kurt Russell as a Maverick in the 1970s.
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“I played ball from when I was a kid. It’s just always been in my family.” Russell played it as long as he could, and he always thought he could do both baseball and acting. Kurt admitted that he wasn’t really serious about acting; that he was more serious about baseball. During his time in the minor leagues, Russell played for the Rainbows, the Walla Walla Islanders, and the El Paso Sun Kings.

Starring in Action Movies

The journey to becoming a recognized and beloved actor was not as easy for the young Russell. He had several minor roles in television and movies until earning an Emmy nomination for the made-for-TV movie Elvis, in which he played the titular role.

Kurt Russell poses in front of a small plane.
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He shot to stardom after playing anti-hero Snake Plissken in John Carpenter’s post-apocalyptic action films Escape From New York and Escape from Los Angeles. Russell and Carpenter would be reunited for another project together, the alien horror film The Thing. The film was initially met with poor responses but has since reached favorable regard.

Goldie, a Country Music Star?

Early in Goldie’s career, when she was still making a name for herself in Hollywood (despite already having won an Oscar), she gave it a shot and tried to start a professional singing career. Her genre of choice? Country music, believe it or not. In 1972, she released her only album to date, called “Goldie.”

Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, and Bette Midler in First Wives Club, 1996.
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She covered songs by Dolly Parton, who actually made a new arrangement of her song “My Blue Tears” for Goldie herself to sing.

By the way, you may be surprised to hear that Goldie is actually Hawn’s real first name! Even though it sounds like a fake stage name, she explained in a 2008 ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ interview, that she was named after her mother’s aunt.

A True Family Man

Even though Russell and Hawn aren’t officially married, he’s still a great father figure to her children Kate and Oliver Hudson. Not to mention they have a son together, Wyatt Russell. On Jimmy Kimmel Live in October 2018, Oliver Hudson told Kimmel about a story when he once fired a bunch of paintballs at a car that he thought had some of his friends in it.

Oliver Hudson, Boston, Wyatt, and Kurt Russell at Poseidon film premiere in 2006.
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Instead of getting grounded, his step-dad Kurt made him aim at his own car. Oliver recalled: “My punishment was to [bang] up my Honda Prelude with blue leather interior. I had to dent it up, and drive that for the rest of my existence.” According to Oliver, Kurt’s philosophy was, “I know what I did was wrong, right? So why ground me? You’re going to [ruin] your car, and you’re going to have to drive it for the rest of however long you own this car.”

Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson’s Relationship

While many kids have struggles connecting to and accepting their stepparents, Kate was fortunate as this wasn’t the case for her. She considers him as her biological father as she is quite critical of her natural father.

Kate Hudson and Kurt Russell pose at an event.
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Kate has been vocal that Kurt is her real father and that her biological father Bill doesn’t know her at all. Kurt came into their family when Kate was only 1.5 years old, so it’s not strange that the two of them have such an incredibly close relationship. He has been the father figure throughout her life.

Playboy Bunny

It’s no secret that Goldie Hawn has been established as a sex symbol in Hollywood since she got herself into the industry. Even now, in her 70s, she’s still praised for her beauty and her body. In 1985, she was one of the selected Hollywood stars to appear in “Playboy,” not just in the US, but also in France and Mexico.

Goldie Hawn and John Wayne dressed in a bunny suit on ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’ in the ‘60s.
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Funnily enough, Goldie admitted that for the longest time, she just couldn’t stand the way she looked. She hated her appearance when she was growing up. As a young woman, she believed her nose was too flat, that her eyes were too big, and her face was too small. Oh, and that her ears stuck out too much. What DID she like? Her hair.

He Loves to Fly

When Russell gets away from it all, he really gets away. Russell started training to become a pilot in 1988, with the help of his aviator grandfather. In a GQ interview, he talked about how much he would annoy his flight instructor with questions. But he was just worried about safety. And when Kurt learned that he needed to answer only 70 out of 100 questions correctly on his flight test, it didn’t sit well with him.

Kurt Russell dressed in a suit leaning on the wing of a plane in 1969.
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He had memorized the entire manual and aced the test. According to Russell himself, he was “the only person in the state of California who got a hundred on the test.” And he also advises those who wish to be pilots not to do it for the sake of thrill-seeking. “You need to pay attention, and if there’s something you don’t understand, raise your hand. You better get your ego out of the way if you’ve got one because it will get you.”

Her Near-Death Experience

When Goldie was 19, she had an out of body experience after nearly dying in a car accident in New York. She recalled feeling as if she was floating above the scene of the crash, watching as the ambulance arrived and the paramedics lifted her body. Many years later, Goldie went to see a psychic in Thailand. According to Goldie, the psychic had no idea who she was.

Goldie Hawn in 1969 with her hair up in a white ribbon.
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A translator was used since the psychic didn’t speak English. The first thing he said to her? That she had a near-death experience when she was 18. He asked her if that was true and if she had left her body. Goldie took a moment to collect her thoughts and memories and said yes. The psychic explained to her that she wasn’t meant to die – that there was something she had to do and thus was sent back for a reason. Naturally, the star was shaken up and never forgot this incident.

He Started His Own Wine Saloon

Kurt Russell has always enjoyed drinking wine, but he didn’t fall in love with the drink until he and Goldie took a trip to the Santa Ynez Valley in 2006. From there, he became obsessed with wine and every aspect of its production, from the grapevines to the bottles, to the stickers on the bottles to loading the cases into the truck himself.

Kurt Russell was sitting on a wooden outdoor chair holding a glass of his wine.
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In 2015, Kurt brought his wine to the people by opening his own Wine Saloon in the 1880 Union Hotel in Los Alamos, California. He enjoys watching people drink his wine. He also loves the whole saloon feel, saying, “I always loved that time period. I loved the movie we did with Tombstone, and I thought the whole idea and feeling of having a saloon that only served wine was a great idea.”

Her Religion

Goldie Hawn is quite a spiritual person, but her religion is anything but simple. Her faith is a complex one. Hawn was raised by a Presbyterian father and a Jewish mother. Goldie has always identified as Jewish (and in Judaism, it’s the mother that carries the faith), but she also became interested in Eastern religions during the early ‘70s.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell were dancing together at a movie premiere in 2002.
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She has been a longtime practitioner of both mindfulness and meditation. “It’s not the idea of a particular religion that’s important; it’s the development of a spiritual life. Because spirituality creates well-being, health, and happiness,” Goldie explained in 2012. And I gotta say, just judging by the interviews and her ever-present smile, I can see the mindfulness has worked in her favor.

Kurt’s Defined Political Position

Unlike Goldie, Kurt Russell has very clear and defined beliefs when it comes to his political affiliation. In fact, he’s an outspoken Libertarian. This was a presumption until he confirmed it during and interview in 1996 with the Toronto Sun.

Kurt Russell arrives at an event.
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He told them that he had grown up Republican but after researching and learning more about politics, he concluded that there wasn’t that big of a difference between Republicans and Democrats. This was part of the shift that pushed him towards supporting the Libertarian Party, besides maturing and becoming an independent thinker.

He Doesn’t Think of It As a Job

According to Kurt, he’s never really worked a day in his life. While he acts, flies, plays golf, and makes wine, Russell doesn’t really consider any of it as work. In a GQ interview, he explained that he’s never worked a day in his life. Plus, he doesn’t feel bad about his charmed life, either. But he noted that holds nine-to-fivers in high regard.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell laughing together at the premiere of ‘Miracle’ in 2004.
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“I have a secret admiration for insurance salesmen, doormen, taxi drivers, guys working on the Alaska pipeline… There’s lots of jobs now in the world where we don’t work, we push a button. I don’t work. I’ve never worked. I take great pride in the fact that I played baseball, I drove race cars, I drove racing boats, I flew airplanes, and I acted. None of those things are work. Doing what you want to do, that’s not work. When you’re working, you’re doing sometimes things that you don’t want to do – you’d rather be doing something else. That’s work.”

Her Academy Awards

While many movie stars in Hollywood can wait decades before being awarded an Oscar (umm, hello, Leonardo DiCaprio), Hawn caught the attention of the Academy very early in her career. It was actually when she made her debut on the big screen. In 1970, she earned the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in 1969’s romantic comedy ‘Cactus Flower.’

Goldie Hawn and Ingrid Bergman in ‘Cactus Flower,’ 1969.
Goldie Hawn and Ingrid Bergman in ‘Cactus Flower,’ 1969. Photo by Snap / Shutterstock

But the unfortunate thing is that she couldn’t attend the ceremony, so actress Raquel Welch received it on her behalf. Hawn then received a second nomination for an Academy Award in the same category in the year of 1981, after her role in the film “Private Benjamin,” which also happened to be the first film she produced.

Semi-Retired

The reason you haven’t seen Kurt Russell in a whole lot of movies lately – and ever since the 2000s – is because he has made the conscious decision to only act in the movies that he has an interest in. Kurt Russell has gotten to the point that he doesn’t need to act unless he really wants to – or if he wants to build a new house.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn out and about riding bikes together in 2018.
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He explained his discretion in choosing films: “I am at a point that there’s got to be a reason it’s going to take me out of the vineyard, off the ski slopes, away from my grandkids, a reason I can’t fly. For me, reasons are different things: I love the script, the part, the director, the story – or guess what? You are building a new house.”

Their House With Separate Wings

Their entire relationship has been built on years of support, love, and trust. For these two, true support stems from pushing each other to do what brings them joy. They took this whole idea and put it into the building of their shared home.

Russell kisses Hawn on the cheek in front of the press.
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Goldie and Kurt each designed their own wings of the million-dollar house. Goldie’s section includes enough room to do yoga and meditate with floor-to-ceiling windows. Kurt’s wing is a 180-degree turn with an emphasis on his interests like hunting. This allows them to have their time together but offers the flexibility to do things without the other.

Her Fear of Technology

Goldie Hawn is worried, folks. About what? Well, she has a deep fear of the modern human’s relationship with technology, which she feels has permeated every aspect of our lives. And I’ll say it again – the woman has a point! If you’re reading this, you can’t deny it. The actress has been open and critical of the problem.

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, and Oliver Hudson at the Raising Helen premiere in 2004.
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“I think all of us are, on some level, addicted to our screens. Look, we go into restaurants, and people aren’t talking anymore. They’re texting. So, we’re losing this intimacy that we need to have as human beings,” Goldie Hawn told Elle in 2015. A year earlier, in 2014, she was among a panel that discussed the negative effects of technology on the brain and people’s overall health at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

A True Golf Dad

When Kurt Russell isn’t flying or making wine, he finds the time to play golf. Basically, in short, Kurt Russell is living the good life. Every year, in the fall, he and Goldie go out to California’s Coachella Valley, where he plays in the Desert Classic golf tournament. While he plays regularly, he doesn’t plan on winning a Masters any time soon.

Kurt Russell on the 1st Tee in the Celebrity Challenge match in 2018.
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He said: “I like golf as a pastime. I’m not driven. I don’t play a lot.” He does, however, have a realistic idea of his playing ability. He goes out for three or four days before the Hope tournament to start hitting the ball. Then he’ll spend ten days to two weeks at it, later a long weekend or five to six days per month until June.

A Vegas Showgirl

Goldie has pretty much done it all – she’s acted, danced, sang country music, posed for Playboy. And now you can add being a Vegas showgirl to her long list of jobs and hobbies. Goldie was incredibly passionate about dancing, way before she ever became a famous actress. She even spent time performing as a Vegas Showgirl.

Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn were dancing at a concert in Carnegie Hall in 2010.
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Goldie was living the dream pretty early on, driving in her ‘59 Chevy convertible, with her dog Lamb-chop by her side. Since Las Vegas is considered to be the home of dancing, the actress had a stint on the famous casino strip. She performed five shows a week for three months at ‘The Desert Inn.’ Who knows – maybe you were at one of her shows!

Wine is Like Movies

According to Kurt Russell, making wine is like making movies. Even though he’s mostly out of the acting world now, he still sees everything he does through the lens of the camera. He explained his wine-making as being an artist. “You want to feel your audience and hope that they will share in the experience the way you want it to be perceived.”

Kurt Russell, Robert Zemeckis, and Tom Hanks were drinking wine at the 1996 Oscars.
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He said how the formulation of wine is like a movie – you get the best people together, the best director, and it turns into a production. “When we put it in a barrel, it’s like editing a movie.” Another significant similarity to wine-making and film-making is that he’ll never see the people who enjoy the product.

Famous Students, Famous Fans

Goldie Hawn went to Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. The high school had lots of people who ended up with successful careers later on in life. Some of Goldie’s former classmates include Ben Stein, Carl Bernstein, and Sylvester Stallone! That sounds like one hell of a classroom (or school).

Goldie Hawn and Ingrid Bergman were dancing in Cactus Flower in 1969.
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Speaking of famous people, a famous fan of Goldie Hawn’s is Ingrid Bergman. Hawn’s first major production was in ‘Cactus Flower,’ where she worked with Ingrid Bergman. Ingrid was very much impressed by the starlet’s acting, and told her that it seemed like she’s been doing this for a thousand years! For an up and coming actress, this is the best compliment you can get.

She’s a Philanthropist

The actress is a philanthropist who even created her own non-profit organization called the Goldie Hawn Foundation. The charity was established to raise awareness about the importance of early and holistic education and to raise better adults for tomorrow’s society. Hawn launched the MindUP program in 2003, which was “created in response to the global epidemic of childhood aggression, anxiety, depression, and suicide.”

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell joking around at a call center for America: A Tribute To Heroes.
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Did you know that she’s also an author? During her career, Goldie Hawn has also written two books. The first was published in 2005, which is a memoir called “A Lotus Grows in the Mud.” Ten years later, “10 Mindful Minutes” was published, which actually became a New York Times bestseller.

He’s Also a Philanthropist

Kurt Russell is also passionate about charity and philanthropy, being an Honorary Board Member of a humanitarian organization called Wings of Hope. A supporter of the organization, Russell supports and recognizes the importance of helping people become self-sufficient.

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn attend The Women's Cancer Research Fund's Gala
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This aviation charity set a wide-reaching goal of improving communities all over the world. This is primarily accomplished through a focus on four main areas: education, food, health, and work. Another couple of notable names who are honorary board members of Wings Of Hope are former astronaut Thomas P. Stafford and actor Harrison Ford.

The Walt Disney Connection

Kurt Russell was on the set of Universal Studios for a western TV show the day the legendary Walt Disney died. The 15-year-old Kurt was under a 10-year contract with Disney Studios and had been loaned out that day, on December 15, 1966. “I was shooting a close-up and noticed there was some hubbub going on off camera,” Russell recalled. “Then, everybody went quiet. They were looking at me, and I thought, ‘What the hell’s this?'”

Kurt Russell with Fred Macmurray in Boys! Follow Me, 1966.
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“This guy came over to me and said, ‘I’m sorry to tell you this, Kurt, but Walt Disney died,'” Russell said. In the five decades since Disney’s death from lung cancer, there has been a longstanding urban legend that Walt’s last words were “Kurt Russell.”

But why?

He Knew He Would Be a Star

Russell joined the Disney world in 1966 after playing a role in the Disney film ‘Follow Me, Boys!’ He played the rebellious young man whose life turned around when he joined the Boy Scouts. Apparently, Walt was so impressed with Russell’s performance that he personally saw to it that he was offered a contract.

Walt Disney photographed in his office in the 1930s.
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In Walt Disney’s last filmed appearance in October 1966, he told viewers that he predicted: “a great acting future” for the young Kurt Russell. The fresh-faced teenager did go on to do such Disney films as ‘The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band,’ ‘The Barefoot Executive,’ and ‘The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.’ One of the last things Walt wrote down before being hospitalized was a list of names. Kurt was one of them.

Last Words?

Former Disney archivist Dave Smith found that particular note on Walt’s desk in 1970 after he had to document everything in the filmmaker’s office, which had been left untouched since his death. On a special episode of The View in 2013, Russell confirmed that a Disney employee showed him that note in hopes of deciphering its meaning.

Oliver Hudson, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, and Wyatt Russell at the premiere of The Out of Towners in 2005.
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“I assume, as [does] everybody else, that he was talking about some movie that he was thinking about having me in. I don’t know what to make of it other than that,” Russell said to Barbara Walters. So while it isn’t exactly true that Walt Disney said Kurt’s name as his last words, it is pretty cool that he wrote his name down as one of the last before his death. I guess?

Ballet School

Since dance was her first love, it shouldn’t be too much of a shock to hear that Goldie went through with making her dream of being a dance teacher come true. By the age of 19, and still yet to be a famous star, Hawn made her humble dream of being a dance teacher come true. She was teaching at a ballet school that she also ran in Washington, DC.

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell
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“I had a life plan: Get married, and have a nice house, and open a dancing school and teach children. I never wanted to be a star. I thought stars were totally messed up,” Hawn told CBS News.

Fun fact, Juliet was her first role. When she made her stage debut in 1961, she played Juliet from “Romeo and Juliet” during the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.

Losing Loved Ones

In “Private Benjamin,” Goldie’s character of the same name had a strict captain, Captain Lewis, who was the main antagonist. But, the actress who played Goldie’s on-screen enemy, the late Eileen Brennan, became Hawn’s best friend in real life. Then when Brennan died in 2013, at the age of 80, Hawn had some heartfelt words to share about her friend that she lost to cancer.

Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan in Private Benjamin together.
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“We have lost my old friend Eileen Brennan. No one ever made me laugh more! Now I cry,” she said at Brennan’s funeral service. Goldie knows what it’s like to have to deal with illness in a close friend or family member. She spent most of her time in 1992 with her mother. She became very ill, so Goldie had to help and take care of her. She stayed by her side until 1994 when her mother passed away.

A Career Hiatus

In 2002, Goldie Hawn entered what would become a 15-year break from the film industry. The film icon started to feel like it was high time to do something more for the world, for other people, and for herself. During her time away from the cameras, she wrote her two books and started a global mindfulness movement.

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer in Snatched, 2017.
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Goldie wasted no time! When she made her return to the big screen in 2017, it was with the comedy “Snatched,” with Amy Schumer. The hiatus comes as no surprise to those who know Goldie. She likes to keep things simple. Despite her Hollywood legend status, she is down to earth. In 1982, she took her small kids, Oliver and Kate, to spend a summer at Ibiza, Spain. The family of three stayed in a small house with no hot water and electricity!

She Loves Elephants

Goldie absolutely loves elephants. And that’s a fact. During her trip to India, she met a blind elephant in a game reserve named Belly Button. Seven years later, she returned to the country to film a documentary about Asian Elephants. Goldie reunited with her gigantic friend and was ecstatic to find out that the elephant also become a mommy!

Goldie Hawn was arriving at an event on an elephant in 1997.
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In 1997, Hawn received one of the more significant honors in Hollywood. Her entire career was recognized with a Women in Film Crystal Award. The award was created in 1977, and it honors women in the media that were able to expand the role of their female colleagues. She shared the award with her “The First Wives Club” co-stars Bette Midler and Diane Keaton.

Kurt and Val

Kurt and his Tombstone co-star, Val Kilmer, both played Elvis Presley. Kilmer played him in True Romance while Russell played him in a TV movie, and also provided his voice in Forrest Gump. In Tombstone, Russell played Wyatt Earp. In 3000 Miles to Graceland, he worked with Kevin Costner, who played the same role a mere six months later in the movie Wyatt Earp.

Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell were hugging for a pose at the ShoWest Paramount Pictures Luncheon in 1997.
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For his role in Tombstone, which came out in 1993, he was trained by renowned Hollywood Gun Coach, Thell Reed. Reed has trained actors like Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliott, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Foster, and Girard Swan. The man doesn’t only know how to handle a gun, but A-listers as well!

The Business Bug Runs in the Family

All of the children between Goldie and Kurt have very close relationships with each other. This is especially true for Kate and Oliver, who have worked together in the business world. Kate made the official announcement that Oliver was joining her fitness company family.

Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson attend the FL2 Launch.
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Oliver is in charge of the design and managing the men’s activewear branch of the company FL2. The company was started in 2015 and has gone from success to success ever since its conception. FL2 gives the siblings the outlet to combine their shared passions of fitness and fashion.

Oliver Hudson

Goldie became a mom for the first time when her eldest child, Oliver Hudson, was born on September 7th, 1976. Bill, her ex, and Goldie were married that same year and called it quits in 1982. Olivier is now 42 years old and followed in his mom’s footsteps by making a name for himself as an actor. He’s best known for his roles as Adam Rhodes on the comedy show Rules of Engagement.

Oliver Hudson in Splitting Up Together.
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He was also Jeff Fordham on the series Nashville, Wes Gardner on the horror-comedy Scream Queens, and he was Martin on the comedy series Splitting Up Together. Oliver is married to Erinn Bartlett since 2006. Goldie and Kurt’s three (of 6) grandchildren are from this couple.

Kate Hudson

Kate is Goldie’s second child. Goldie and Bill welcomed the now 40-year-old on April 19, 1979. Even though he’s her biological father, Kate, as well as her siblings, has no relationship with Bill. She does, however, get along very well with Kurt. The blonde beauty, known for her role in Almost Famous, Raising Helen, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2001.

Kate Hudson in a purple and black dress hosting a cocktail hour in 2019.
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Kate spends most of her time now as a mom to her kids. She’s still adjusting to life as a mom of three with her newest daughter, Rani Rose. Kate already has two older children: Ryder Robinson, 15, and Bingham Bellamy, 8, from two previous relationships.

Kate And Oliver’s Connection to Their Biological Father

Kate and Oliver Hudson are siblings from Goldie’s second marriage. The siblings have both been open and vocal about how they each tried to reach out and connect with their biological father, Bill Hudson, but garnered no notable results.

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, and Oliver Hudson pose together.
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Kate and Oliver are incredibly close when it comes to Hollywood siblings. They decided to try and contact Bill, however, neither of them got any sort of response from him which was agonizing for them to fully process. However, Kurt was there to support both Kate and Oliver. In fact, he even mentored them both through this experience.

Kate and Oliver’s Biological Father Speaks

In 2015, Oliver Hudson posted an Instagram for Father’s Day that many regarded as unusually harsh. The post read “Happy abandonment day” and was criticizing his father, Bill. The Daily Mail spoke to Bill Hudson, who shared his side of the story.

Oliver and Kate as children take a picture with their father, Bill Hudson.
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He claims that after their divorce, he tried staying in contact with the kids. When Kurt entered the picture, Bill alleges that Goldie started to pull them away. He says he made attempts, but Oliver’s post was “the last straw” and he is over it the situation and trying to connect to them.

Boston Russell

Kurt became a dad for the first time after son Boston Russell was born on February 16, 1980. The Thing actor welcomed the little bundle of joy with ex-wife Season Hubley, whom he was married to from 1979 until 1983.

Goldie Hawn and Boston Russell at Heathrow Airport in 2004.
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Unlike Goldie’s kids, Kurt’s 39-year-old son did not fill his father’s acting shoes. In fact, Boston decided to remain out of the Hollywood spotlight. Besides showing up for rare red carpet appearances and supporting his stepmom as she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his life is otherwise private.

Considering he opts for a much more quiet life, it’s not surprising that there is barely any information regarding his relationship status or whether or not he has children.

Wyatt Russell

Goldie and Kurt welcomed their first and only biological child together, Wyatt Russell, on July 10th, 1986. The now 33-year-old was once a professional hockey player, but he’s also landed acting roles in This Is 40, 22 Jump Street, Everybody Wants Some!!, Black Mirror, Ingrid Goes West, Lodge 49 and more.

Wyatt was first married to Sanne Hamers, whom he tied the knot within March 2012 after two years of dating. Sadly, the former couple’s divorced was finalized almost exactly five years later in March 2017.

Wyatt Russell in Season 2 of Lodge 49.
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The handsome hunk found love for the second time with current fiancé Meredith Hagner. The couple, who got engaged this past December, announced the exciting news on social media. “The love of my dang life proposed to me. He is the best guy in the world. It was an epic surprise surrounded by our closest family, and I would give the proposal five stars on yelp!!” Wyatt’s soon to be wife gushed in the caption.

We see more grandchildren in Goldie and Kurt’s future!