Goldie Hawn

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A Lotus Grows in the Mud - signed first edition - 2005

Actress Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn, born on November 21, 1945, in Washington, D.C., is an iconic American actress, producer, and philanthropist. With her bubbly personality and undeniable talent, she has become a beloved figure in the entertainment industry. Hawn's journey to stardom began when she was discovered as a dancer on the 1960s television show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Her infectious energy and comedic timing quickly captured the audience's attention, earning her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in her second major film role, Cactus Flower (1969). This marked the beginning of a successful film career. Throughout the 1970s, Hawn solidified her status as a leading lady in Hollywood with memorable performances in films such as There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), Butterflies Are Free (1972), and Shampoo (1975). Her ability to seamlessly transition between comedic and dramatic roles showcased her versatility as an actress.

In 1980, Hawn starred in the iconic comedy Private Benjamin, a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. This film not only cemented her status as a Hollywood A-lister but also showcased her comedic prowess. Over the years, she continued to charm audiences with her performances in films like Overboard (1987), Bird on a Wire (1990), and Death Becomes Her (1992).

Beyond her success in the entertainment industry, Hawn is known for her dedication to philanthropy. In 2003, she and her longtime partner, actor Kurt Russell, were honored with a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing their significant contributions to the world of entertainment. Goldie Hawn's influence extends beyond her acting career. She is also the founder of the Hawn Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on providing children with tools to navigate the challenges of life. The foundation promotes mindfulness and social-emotional learning to help children lead happier, healthier lives. Throughout her decades-long career, Goldie Hawn has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry, showcasing her talent, wit, and enduring appeal. Her legacy goes beyond the silver screen, reflecting a woman who not only brought laughter to millions but also dedicated herself to making a positive impact on the lives of children.

A Lotus Grows in the Mud

An Oscar-winning Hollywood star reminisces on the people, places, and events that have inspired her life, from her loving relationships with her family members, to her early successes on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, to the spiritual side of her career.

In this candid, insightful, and unconventional memoir, Goldie Hawn invites us to join her in an inspirational look back at the people, places, and events that have touched her. It is the spiritual journey of a heart in search of enlightenment.

With her trademark effervescence, Goldie delivers a personal look at private and powerful events that carried her through life: her father’s spontaneity; her mother’s courage; and the joy of being a daughter, a sister, a parent, and a lover. She writes about her childhood dreams of becoming a ballerina. She takes us on a tour of her go-go years in 1960s New York City, the phenomenon of TV’s Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, her Oscar-winning debut in Cactus Flower and Hollywood stardom. She writes intimately about the challenges of love, anger and fear, and the importance of compassion and integrity. She speaks openly about her family, her partner Kurt Russell, her children; her faith, her curiosity for that which she doesn’t yet know, and her thirst for knowledge. Most of all, it is a trip back through a life well lived by a woman well loved.

First recalling her early days as the little girl from suburbia who longed to be a ballerina but felt like an ugly duckling, Goldie then takes us on a whirlwind tour through her go-go dancing years in 1960s New York, her phenomenal success on TV's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in, Hollywood stardom and her extraordinary experiences in films such as the Oscar-winning Cactus Flower, Swing Shift, and Private Benjamin. She also speaks about her relationship with her family - partner Kurt Russell, her children Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson and Wyatt Russell, and her stepson Boston.

Goldie Hawn is a born storyteller. In this candid and insightful book she invites us to join her in a look back at the people, places and events that have shaped her life. It is the journey of a heart in search of enlightenment.

Long in the works, Goldie Hawn's spiritual autobiography lives up to every expectation. A Lotus Grows in the Mud is not a mucky Hollywood "tell-all"; instead, it is a wonderfully candid, informal walk through the life of a woman whose spirited spontaneity won us over decades ago. With winning directness, the Academy Award–winning actress talks about her ugly-duckling childhood; her sudden, surrealistic rise to fame on TV's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In; and her still vibrant film career. She also writes about her family, which includes longtime partner Kurt Russell and her children, one of whom is the actress Kate Hudson. Perhaps most movingly, she confides about her spiritual journey from her Jewish roots to meditation and Buddhism.

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