Goldie Hawn on Battling Sexism in Hollywood: I Was Called 'Too Controlling'
Goldie Hawn talks about the backlash she faced after she took her career into her own hands
A force in Hollywood for more than four decades, Goldie Hawn says she battled sexism in Hollywood even at the height of her success.
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After a string of ’70s hits, Hawn couldn’t find a role she liked, and decided to help create one – producing and starring in the box-office smash Private Benjamin “A woman opening a movie with no other star is like a miracle,” says Hawn.
But she says she was then labeled as “controlling” simply because she was a woman.
“I faced a big problem, and that was that I was looked on as someone who did things her own way. When it comes to a success, it becomes a threat. Directors didn’t want to work with me because I was ‘too controlling.’ If it had been a man, it wouldn’t have meant a damn thing.”
Through her Hawn Foundation, the star has developed the MindUP program, which helps children develop and regulate their emotions to reduce stress and become more self-aware.
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Hawn says she’s always felt a sense of happiness – and of freedom. When she landed her first big role on the comedy series Laugh-In, she says, “women were burning their bras. A reporter said, ‘Don’t you feel bad about what your are doing, being the dumb blonde, while women are out there fighting for their liberation?’ I was about 23, and I looked at her and said, ‘But I am already liberated.’ ”
• Reporting by LIZ McNEIL