Goldie Hawn has been in the industry for over 40 years! She rose to fame in the late ’60s with roles in Good Morning, World and Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. She’s received critical acclaim with an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Cactus Flower and is well recognized as the mother of Hollywood actors, Oliver and Kate Hudson. It’s hard to believe that Hawn is turning 74 this year because she looks better than ever, but in honor of her upcoming birthday, here’s a look at 10 things you didn’t know about the long-time actress:
10. Ballet Dancer
She began taking ballet and tap dance lessons at the age of three and was quite good! Hawn fell in love with this new pastime and began dancing several times a week. In an interview with Oprah, she said: “Dancing was the most extraordinary experience of my life. After school, recitals, performances — it was the very thing that I knew I was going to do when I grew up. I’d bring home a C in school, but [my parents] weren’t too worried about it because they knew, basically, what my vocation was going to be from early on.” She made her stage debut in 1961 in a production of Romeo and Juliet as Juliet. In 1964 when she was only 17, she ran her own ballet school and dropped out of American University where she was majoring in drama. She eventually moved to New York City to follow her dreams as a professional dancer and was spotted in a chorus line of an ‘Andy Griffith’ TV special in 1967 and was cast in the show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.