Goldie Hawn was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, on November 21,
1945, to Laura (Stienhoff) Hawn, a dance school owner and jewelry
wholesaler, and Edward Rutledge Hawn, a professional musician. Hawn
was raised Jewish although, she notes, "not in a strictly religious
atmosphere," and describes a happy home life. She began dancing at
age three, and danced in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo's
Nutcracker chorus at age ten. Hawn recalls being asked to dance on
point for a friend's bar mitzvah. The music started, and she
slipped and fell-twice. Succeeding on her third attempt, "I
realized I was probably the little girl who was going to make it."
After graduating high school, Hawn attended American University
while running her own ballet school. Two years later, she moved to
New York City to pursue acting and dance seriously. To support
herself, she danced in the Texas Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair,
at numerous clubs, and in the chorus of touring Broadway musicals.
Producers from _”Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In” (1968)_ (qv) spotted
her dancing on an ‘Andy Griffith’ (qv) television special in 1967
and hired her as a regular. Hawn's endearing giggles and
improvisational ability on Laugh-In (1968-1970) earned her an Emmy
and, less welcome, comments about her "dumb-blonde routine." Her
character, Hawn clarifies, "was a deeply joyful blonde. I never
thought of her as dumb."
Biography courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com).