The daughter of a Jewish dance school owner and jewellery wholesaler mother and a musician father, the American actress Goldie Hawn grew up in a Jewish neighbourhood in Maryland.
She began dancing at the age of three, performing in 'The Nutcracker' for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, aged 10. After high school, she ran her own ballet school, aged only 17.
Moving to New York City to follow her showbiz ambitions, she danced in chorus lines on Broadway and in the Texas Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair. She was spotted in a chorus line of an 'Andy Griffith' TV special in 1967, and hired for 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In' in California, for which she won an Emmy.
On 16 May 1969, she married dancer and soon-to-be director Gus Trikonis, who played Shark in 'West Side Story'. They divorced in 1976.
Hawn's film acting debut was in 'The Cactus Flower' in 1969, spectacularly winning an Oscar for her role. After hits such as 'Dollars' and 'There's A Girl In My Soup', she expanded her scope in 'Butterflies Are Free', with Warren Beatty, and 'Sugarland Express', in 1973 (Steven Spielberg's directorial debut).
Following an appearance as Warren Beatty's girlfriend in 1975's 'Shampoo', she found huge success, opposite Chevy Chase, in the romantic caper, 'Foul Play' in 1978.
On 3 July 1976, Hawn married her second husband Bill Hudson from the band 'The Hudson Brothers'. She was eight months pregnant when they married and she gave birth to her first child Oliver Hudson in the same year.
In 1979, she gave birth to her second child Kate Hudson, who has become a famous actress herself. Hawn divorced Hudson in 1980. In 2011, he released a book called '2 Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family' to repute the actress's claims that he abandoned the family.
Hawn was also a hit in 'Private Benjamin' in 1980, winning another Best Actress Oscar nomination, and had success with 'Seems Like Old Times' in 1982.
Whilst making 'Swing Shift' in 1984, she met and fell for actor Kurt Russell, with whom she has been companioned ever since. In 1986, Hawn gave birth to Wyatt Russell. She starred with Kurt in 1987's 'Overboard'.
In 1992, Hawn appeared opposite Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis in 'Death Becomes Her'. She shot back to stardom with 'The First Wives Club' in 1996, alongside Diane Keaton and Bette Midler.
Hawn re-united with Keaton and Beatty, for the notoriously protracted 'Town and Country' in 2001, but was well received, opposite Susan Sarandon, in 2002’s 'The Banger Sisters'.
In 2005, she published her autobiography 'A Lotus Grows in the Mud', which is not a Hollywood tell-all but a memoir and record of everything the actress has learned about life so far.
She has taken a ten-year break from making movies but said in an interview with AARP magazine that her next project will be 'Ashes to Ashes' and will co-star Kurt Russell. As of 2013, it has yet to go into production.