Goldie Hawn, Then And Now: The Bikini Blonde Who Won An Oscar

By | December 7, 2017

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June 30, 1968, California, Los Angeles,Goldie Hawn. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Goldie Hawn went from one of Laugh-In's bikini girls to a leading comedic actress in the blink of an eye, starring in a string of films that included There's A Girl In My Soup, Butterflies Are Free, The Sugarland Express, Shampoo and Foul Play. In the '80s, Hawn's star continued to rise, with performances in Private Benjamin, Seems Like Old Times, Swing Shift, Protocol, and Wildcats. Hawn is, and always has been, a go-to actress for ditzy blonde characters -- who almost always turn out to be smarter than they seem. 

More Than Meets The Eye

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Vogue 1969: Actress Goldie Hawn leaning back on her elbows and wearing a high-necked black velvet dress. ((Photo by Bert Stern/Condé Nast via Getty Images)

But like her characters, there's much more to Goldie Hawn. We got an inkling early on, during those Laugh-In (1968-70) years. Hawn, in her first credited screen role, acted with Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman in the 1969 comedy Cactus Flower -- and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for it. A decade later, she was again nominated, this time for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for Private Benjamin.