Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Birthday: Goldie Hawn!

Goldie Hawn (born November 21, 1945). Actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. Hawn is known for her roles in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. A comedy television program which ran for 140 episodes from January 22, 1968, to May 14, 1973. It was hosted by comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin. It originally aired as a one-time special on September 9, 1967 and was such a success that it was brought back as a series, replacing The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

She also performed in the films: Private Benjamin, Foul Play, Wildcats, Overboard, Bird on a Wire, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, The Banger Sisters, and Cactus Flower, for which she won the 1969 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

One of my favorite Goldie Hawn movies is, Butterflies Are Free(1972). Film based on a play by Leonard Gershe. Directed by Milton Katselas and based on a screenplay by Leonard Gershe who also wrote the original play.Cast: Eddie Albert, Eileen Heckart and Goldie Hawn .

The story takes place San Francisco in the 1970's. Don Baker, was born blind and has always lived with his mother. His best friend Linda, takes Don out to parties to help build his confidence. Soon, he has enough confidence to move out on his own. But.. after Don moves into his new apartment, Linda falls in love with a guy from a party and takes off to live in Mexico.

Don asks his mother not come to see him for at least two months. Jill Tanner, moves in an apartment next door. She over hears Don arguing with his mother over the phone and turns up the radio. When Don asks her to turn the volume down, she asks if she can come over for a cup of coffee. Jill does not notice that Don is blind, until she sees him dropping his cigarette ash on the table.

Jill questions Don on how he manages living by himself. She tells Don that her favorite quote is from Mark Twain: "I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies." Don tells her that actually this is a quote from the Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Don makes up a song and starts to sing Butterflies are free on his guitar.

Later that afternoon, Jill takes Don out shopping to find some groovy new clothes. They have picnic on the floor of Don's apartment and later spent they spend the night together.

In the morning, Don's mother makes a surprise visit finding Don still in bed, while Jill is in the kitchen looking for something to eat.. She believes that Jill will break Don's heart just like Linda did. Don fights for independence from his mother as he tries to convince Jill that they can be together.

There are some wonderful scenes in this movie especially the performances between Heckart and Hawn.

Please click on her picture located on the side bar to read Goldie's bio.

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