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Goldie  Hawn

Goldie Hawn

Academy Award-Winning Actress

Biography

Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award-winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author, and children's advocate. One of the most recognizable and beloved actresses in Hollywood, Hawn won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her breakout role in 1969's Cactus Flower, alongside Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman. Since then, she has starred in more than 30 films, including Sugarland Express, Death Becomes Her, Private Benjamin, Everyone Says I Love You, and The First Wives Club. Read More >

She made her directorial debut in 1997 with the film Hope and published her best-selling memoir, A Lotus Grows in the Mud, in 2005. Her 2011 book, 10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children—and Ourselves—the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Anxiety for Healthier, Happier Lives, offers guidance on raising healthy, joyful, and resilient children.

She is the founder of The Hawn Foundation, a public charity with a mission to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier, and happier lives. Working with leading neuroscientists, educators, and researchers, the Foundation developed MindUP, an evidence-based curriculum and teaching model for grades K-8 that provides children with tools to improve academic performance. MindUP is currently being taught in schools in the United States and Canada, and is in the process of broadening globally.

With the ability to deftly navigate between lightness and profundity, Goldie Hawn addresses her life’s work—acting and children advocacy—as well as the importance of emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness in her keynotes.

Born the daughter of a musician in Washington, DC, Hawn took her first dance lesson at age three and by 17 was managing a dance studio while studying drama at American University. She began appearing in chorus lines in such musicals as “Kiss Me Kate,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “The Boyfriend.” She eventually moved to California, where her first break came when an agent saw her dancing on The Andy Griffith Show and cast her in Good Morning World, a short-lived comedy series. Cast as a dancer in a few other shows, she was eventually given a few lines and proved more than capable of delivering them.

In addition to her Academy Award nomination for Cactus Flower, Hawn earned a second Oscar nod for her starring role in Private Benjamin, which she executive produced. She has received nine Golden Globe nominations to date, including one for her role in The Banger Sisters alongside Susan Sarandon in 2003.

Hawn has received many honors for her work with children. Among them, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) presented her with a special award for her work to increase public understanding of mental health. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Goldie Hawn: Finding Happiness

Speech Topics

Intentional Happiness

Words from the Leading Lady: Learning When to Lead & When to Follow

Changing the World One Mind at a Time

Wellness: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Great Balancing Act: Managing Multiple Roles as a Working Parent

Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Books & Media

Books

10 Mindful Minutes

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