Golden Girl

June 29, 2015

I’m a big Goldie Hawn fan. Overboard is one of my favourite films, with outrageous 80s costumes. Remember the white swimsuit with the plunging neckline that Joanna wears under a white jacket with elaborate gold epaulets accented by nautical rope tassels? And what about the scene where she’s having her toes polished by the butler on deck wearing little else but giant gold earrings, crystal studded sunnies and cherries in her hair? Then she bangs her head, falls off the yacht and it’s all plaid from there. But those early outfits give Alexis Colby a run for her money. I read a great piece on Hawn in the latest Porter in which the 69-year-old actress talks about ageing, marriage, the joys of grand-motherhood and her education program, MindUP, that helps kids learn to focus through meditation. “Hawn’s career was predicated on her genius for playing dumb, but in person there is nothing remotely ditzy about her,” writes Carina Chocano. “She is the very definition of a pro.”  The piece is full of Goldie wisdoms –– “We are the sum total of our life experiences, that’s what builds us; that’s who we become.” –– and ends with a beautiful anecdote about her father. “My father, when he was 70, said to me, ‘Go, I’ve given up the violin.’ He was a brilliant violinist. ‘I’m going to take up the piano instead because I can’t get any better with the violin. I’m going to master that piano.'”

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