Movie Stars: Hawn, Goldie: Must-See Films

Here are quintessential Goldie Hawn films:

Cactus Flower (1969)

Goldie Hawn’s breakthrough role, as Walter Matthau’s suicidal and dejected mistress, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Butterflies Are Free (1972)

In this San Francisco-set romantic comedy, Hawn plays the kookie girlfriend of a blind musician, dominated by overpossessive mother (Eileen Heckart in  Oscar turn).

The Sugarland Express (1974)

In his first theatrical feature, which is fact-based, Spielberg directed Hawn in one of her few serious dramatic roles, as a desperate wife of a fugitive on the run involved in reclaiming their young son.

Shampoo (1975)

In Hal Ashby’s brilliant political satire, Hawn plays the girlfriend of Warren Beatty’s womanizing hairdresser, who’s fooling around with Julie Christie, Lee Grant, and Carrie Fisher.

Private Benjamin (1980)

Hawn produced and starred in this service comedy, as a Jewish princess who enlists in the army, earning her second Oscar momination (this time as Best Actress).

Swing Shift (1984)

Hawn produced and starred in this WWII dramedy, clashing on the set and in editing room with director Jonathan Demme (who passed away last month).

The First Wives Club (1996)

Hawn shines in this entertaining comedy, co-starring Diane Keaton and Bette Midler, about the reunion of three college friends dealing with being dumped on (or dumping) cheating husbands.