Goldie Hawn, 77, is a screen legend with a career spanning nearly seven decades.
Few actors have amassed the body of work that she has while remaining true to their comedic instincts.
And the Oscar winner – who recently celebrated 40 years with Kurt Russell – opened up to Variety about how Hollywood has changed.
“I used to be classy,” she said of the Oscars, which will take place on Sunday.
I’m not old fashioned, but sometimes the jokes are off-color. And I miss the reverence. Things have become politicized. I want to see people amazed. I want to see people believe again. I want to see people laugh more in a way that isn’t just at someone else’s expense.’
Oscars Edition: Goldie Hawn appeared on Variety’s edition of the Oscars and talks about her career, her Oscar, the changes in Hollywood and the role that would bring her out of retirement.
Oscar win: She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1970 when she was 25 and missed the ceremony.
The Sugarland Express star also mourned the death of the movie star. ‘Where are they?’ she asked.
‘The old-fashioned movie star creates excitement. We used to be able to say, “I’m going to take a break because I think I’m overexposed.”
“A lot of these people that are coming up are making more money than anyone else as an actor, but they’re not known.”
The Oscar winner was mostly retired after 2001’s The Banger Sisters with Susan Sarandon.
“I had been doing a lot of movies for a long time. And when 9/11 happened, the world turned upside down,’ she said, ‘and I wasn’t feeling very happy. But I realized that the children were actually going to suffer silent anguish because of 9/11.’
Hawn created a nonprofit classroom program called MindUP that helps kids manage stress. The program is used in 50 countries. “It’s changing the kids,” she said.
She appeared as Amy Schumer’s mom in the 2017 film Snatched and as Mrs. Claus alongside her partner of 40 years, Kurt Russell, in two Netflix films, 2018’s The Christmas Chronicles and its 2020 sequel.
I would come out of retirement for the right role. She cited a Marvel movie with a “wild and wacky character,” the long-talked about sequel to the First Wives Club, and playing Mrs. Claus once again as roles worthy of briefly coming out of retirement.
He scooped gold for this role: The star won an Oscar for his role in the 1969 film Cactus Flower.
Big problem: The newcomer worked with vet Walter Matthau and director Gene Saks
He was there for her: when she won her Oscar, Fred Astaire presented her with the award, but she was in London.
And he also shared how he found out that he won an Academy Award for his role in Cactus Flower.
It turns out that he was sleeping in London when he received the good news.
On April 7, 1970, he was sleeping in London, where he was shooting a movie, when Fred Astaire announced that he had won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for his role in 1969’s Cactus Flower.
He forgot he was on TV. The then 25-year-old found out that she had won the Oscar through a brusque phone call at 4:00 a.m.
And he admitted that if he had the chance to do that night again, he would have moved heaven and earth to be at that Oscars ceremony when his name was read out as the winner.
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‘I never got dressed. I never got to collect the award,” he told Variety. ‘I regret it. It’s something that I look back on now and think, “It would have been great to have done that.”
The Private Benjamin star was also unaware that it was Astaire who announced his victory until a few weeks ago.
I was on my way to a mutual friend’s party with Jimmy Kimmel when he said: “Have you ever seen the part where Fred Astaire announces you?”
Goldie replied: ‘Fred Astaire?! He is my idol. And I didn’t know that he was the one who announced my name. I was excited when I finally saw it.
And the First Wives Club actress also revealed that she keeps her Oscar in her closet.
“I don’t brag a lot,” he said. ‘So those things, I keep them kind of quiet.’
Walk of fame: the actress recently celebrated 40 years with her partner Kurt Russell; seen in 2022
A cute couple also on screen: Together they have starred in two Christmas Chronicles