For over 30 years, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been enamored with each other. The actors have been together since 1983 and to this day are still madly in love. Their relationship is truly one for the books, as it is well known that Hawn and Russell have yet to make things official by tying the knot. The reason they haven’t just yet goes beyond the fact that they’re not sure. In fact, they’re in this for the long haul. But the reason they won’t get married might just shock you.
Would you believe that they didn’t even like each other at first?
Age Isn’t Just A Number
“I thought he was adorable, but he was much too young,” Goldie Hawn told BBC on meeting Kurt Russell for the first time. Back then, Hawn had barely reached legal drinking age at 21, while Russell was finally old enough to get his license at 16.
Since the age gap was too wide for them to overcome at the time, Hawn and Russell kept things professional which seemed best since Hollywood relationships typically don’t have a reputation for lasting very long. Little did they know, they’d eventually prove everyone wrong.
It Wasn’t Love At First Sight
When Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell first laid eyes on each other, it wasn’t love at first sight. They met for the first time on the set of 1968’s The One and Only, Genuine Family Band. Russell had a bit-part in the film, while Hawn was making her big-screen debut.
At the time, Russell was a child star contracted by Walt Disney, but he only had three other film credits to his name. Hawn became famous for portraying the “dumb blonde” personality on television and was a regular cast member of the sketch comedy show, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
Disney himself made a strange declaration about Russell that remains a mystery to this day.
Goldie Hawn’s Second Film Got Her An Oscar
After her film debut, Goldie Hawn’s career was on track to making her the next bankable Hollywood starlet. Her second film was 1969’s Cactus Flower. Hawn played 21-year-old Toni Simmons, who attempts suicide after her lover stands her up.
Hawn’s performance was well-received which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress! From there, Hawn’s film career had taken off and she quickly became a Hollywood “It” girl. Known for her comedic acting, people flooded the theatres to see a Goldie Hawn flick like 1980’s Private Benjamin, which would earn her another Oscar nomination.
Walt Disney May Have Predicted Russell’s Future
Many believe that Walt Disney himself predicted Kurt Russell’s rise to action stardom. Disney was dying from lung cancer in 1966, the same year Kurt Russell was signed to a ten-year contract with The Walt Disney Company.
Shortly before his last breath, Disney wrote “Kurt Russell” on a piece of paper with no explanation. To this day, nobody – not even Russell himself – knows why Disney took his name down. One can only assume that Disney was predicting the trajectory of Russell’s career. Russell was one of Disney Studio’s top stars during the ’70s and became an action star in the ’80s.
And it wasn’t until his action star days that Goldie Hawn would make her fabulous return to his life…
Kurt Russell Almost Left Acting For Baseball
Though he had been acting since childhood, there was a brief moment in which Kurt Russell considered a different career path. Russell’s father, Bing Russell, was associated with professional baseball, so it makes sense that the younger Russell would try his hand at the sport as well.
In the early ’70s, Russell joined the minor league team Bend Rainbows as a switch-hitting second baseman. As part of the California Angels farm system, Russell led the league with a .563 batting average, but only ever rose to AA class in 1973. After tearing his rotator cuff turning a double play, Russell returned to acting.
Russell Broke Out In The ’80s
For a majority of his career during his youth, Kurt Russell had small parts in television and some films. It wasn’t until 1979’s Elvis that he earned a Primetime Emmy nomination. But once the ’80s hit, Russell became a bankable action star, known for his anti-hero roles.
His breakout role was Snake Plissken in Escape from New York and its sequel, Escape from L.A. Russell did so well in these John Carpenter films, that the director enlisted him for the 1982 flick The Thing. The film was a box-office success but panned by critics.
While Russell’s career was blossoming, so was Hawn’s – and the same could be said of their personal lives…
Goldie Gets Country Strong
Throughout the course of her career, Goldie Hawn has proven that she is a woman of many talents. She originally came to Hollywood to be a dancer, but soon became an actress. She even went on to star in two television specials: 1971’s Pure Goldie and 1978’s The Goldie Hawn Special.
After these feats, it wasn’t long before Hawn found herself in the studio. In 1972, she recorded a solo country LP with Warner Brothers. Goldie was recorded with the help of Dolly Parton and Buck Owens and was a successful pop-country crossover for the starlet.
They Went On To Have Their Own Relationships
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell went their separate ways after their film together. Kurt Russell met Season Hubley on the set of 1979’s Elvis. Their subsequent marriage was short-lived and even after having a son, Boston, in 1980, Russell and Hubley filed for divorce in 1983.
For Hawn’s part, her first marriage to dancer-director Gus Trikonis lasted for about four years, but they separated in 1973. She began dating Bill Hudson of the Hudson Brothers and married him in 1976. But after two kids – Oliver and Kate – Hudson filed for divorce in 1980.
These divorces happened at the perfect time because it only led to what would happen next…
Their Paths Finally Crossed
The second time Hollywood brought Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell together was for the 1983 film, Swing Shift. Hawn and Russell met once again at an audition for the film. A little older now, you’d think that Russell would know exactly what to say to woo Hawn.
Unfortunately, Russell had spent the previous night drinking and was hiding an intense hangover at the audition, which had him struggling to put words together in a coherent sentence. Russell appeared on Conan and revealed that what he ended up telling Hawn: “Man, you’ve got a great figure.”
A First Date For The Books
Surprisingly, Kurt Russell’s pick-up line was enough for Goldie Hawn to agree to a date. It would turn out to be quite a memorable first date. They went out to a movie but decided to go to a club for some swing dancing.
After dancing the night away, Hawn took Russell to her newly purchased house but seemed to have misplaced her key. After breaking into Hawn’s house, she and Russell started fooling around. But all the tomfoolery came to a stop once the cops showed up, believing that a burglary was taking place.
Their relationship took off from there and they were blessed with a wonderful surprise three years later…
The Family Becomes One
Both Hawn and Russell already had kids by the time their relationship started. Blending two families together isn’t always easy, but for the Hawn-Russell clan it worked out seamlessly. Three years into their relationship, Hawn became pregnant and gave birth to a son, Wyatt Russell, in 1986.
Wyatt’s birth made for a total of four kids in the Hawn-Russell brood. By then, Oliver and Kate Hudson were ten and seven years old respectively. Russell’s first son Boston was six years old. Most of them would eventually follow in their parents’ footsteps.
Wyatt Russell Is A Budding Star
As the youngest of the brood, Wyatt Russell was constantly surrounded by the success of his parents and siblings, so it wasn’t long before he made the move himself. His parents’ advice on acting was to “be on time, know your lines, and be a nice guy.”
The youngest Russell looks exactly like a young Kurt Russell, which is why it was easy for him to transition into film. Before that, he started out as a professional hockey player. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell even bought a house in Vancouver to support their son’s hockey career before he became an actor.
Clearly, Hawn and Russell know how to put their family first, which is exactly what they did when other people came between them…
They Had Undeniable Chemistry On And Off Screen
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell got together after starring together in 1984’s Swing Shift. From there, their relationship was put to the test, not only off-screen but also in front of the camera. It was in that very movie that Hawn and Russell’s undeniable chemistry had shone through, but unfortunately the movie tanked financially.
They were able to follow that up with 1987’s Overboard, which was a huge hit. Audiences couldn’t get enough of Hawn and Russell together on screen. That was the last time the lovebirds acted in a movie together, but they haven’t ruled out more possibilities.
They’ve Been Through Trying Times
From there, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell would embark on a Hollywood relationship that would stand the test of time – they just didn’t know it yet. With two relatively young and attractive stars, you’d think that fidelity would be a prime concern.
“Monogamy is a very tough order. You’re in the prime of your life, you are attracted to other people, potentially, you have fantasies about that,” Hawn once told People magazine. Though she admitted it wasn’t easy, Hawn worked hard with Russell to make their relationship last throughout the years.
The secret to making it last? You won’t believe what Hawn and Russell say it is…
There Has Definitely Been Infidelity
For a relationship that has lasted for over three decades without any nuptials, it’s hard to believe that Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell only had eyes for each other the whole time. While Hawn alluded to tough times, a source close to the family divulged that infidelity has happened on some occasions.
The source told Closer Weekly, “Goldie admits that she and Kurt both went off course. They were both acting out a little and having trouble communicating. So they called an adult time-out to get some space so tempers could cool.” Ultimately, though, Hawn and Russell worked through it to keep their family together.
Marriage Will Do Nothing For Them
Hawn and Russell have since been together for over three decades but are famously not married, leaving many to wonder why. Hawn was once personally asked by a reporter if she and Russell would ever tie the knot, to which she replied, “What is marriage going to do for us?”
It seemed that Hawn and Russell weren’t interested in making things official and rumor had it that their kids couldn’t have agreed more. Fortunately, both Hawn and Russell would later be honored by something else that would commemorate their decades-long Hollywood union together.
Coming up, you’ll see two reasons that not getting married has worked out for the actors.
They Have Their Own Spaces
It wouldn’t be wrong to assume that another key element to Goldie Hawn’s and Kurt Russell’s long-lasting relationship is space. In giving each other space, the actors are still able to support each other, while doing what makes themselves happy.
This is a concept that reportedly went into the building of one of their homes. Goldie Hawn has a dedicated wing of the house with floor-to-ceiling windows, making it the perfect space for meditation and yoga. Russell’s wing is essentially a man cave that is dedicated to his own interests such as hunting.
The Key To Staying Together Wasn’t Marriage
For as long as they’ve been together without getting married, many people wonder why the two actors chose to stay together. Goldie Hawn disclosed to Vanity Fair once that avoiding marriage was the key to her lasting relationship with Kurt Russell.
Saying that they would have been “long divorced” had they gotten married early on, Hawn went on to say, “There’s something psychological about not being married because it gives you the freedom to make decisions one way or the other. For me, I chose to stay, Kurt chose to stay, and we like the choice.”
Even Kate Hudson expressed that there wouldn’t be a marriage anytime soon, but that didn’t mean she had nothing to say about the relationship…
Two Shining Stars
On May 4, 2017, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell were finally honored with their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not only did they receive their stars in a double ceremony, their stars are right next to each other on Hollywood Blvd. in recognition of their eternal love for each other!
It was perhaps the only public recognition commemorating the Hollywood couple since they’ve chosen to forgo a wedding. In some ways, the ceremony served as a de facto wedding on account of the guest list and a moving speech by one of their children.
It Was Hudson’s Only Chance To Speak Of Their Relationship
At the ceremony, A-list guests such as Quentin Tarantino, who directed Russell in The Hateful Eight, and Reese Witherspoon spoke about the acting legends. Afterward, Kate Hudson gave a touching speech, honoring not only her mother, but her pseudo-stepfather.
Hudson said, “I always thought I’d be talking about them at like a wedding or something but since a wedding doesn’t seem to be in our near future, ever, this may be my only opportunity… the deep feeling of love and nurturing they reserve for the most important thing we have in this life, family, that’s what these stars represent to me forever.”
Hudson’s speech brought Hawn to tears, but we’re surprised that what Russell said didn’t…
Goldie Hawn Felt Like She Was At Her Wedding
When Goldie Hawn finally had a chance to speak, she walked up to the podium and joked, “Did we just get married?” After all, with all those people in attendance, watching her and Russell be honored not only for their careers, but their relationship, it must have felt like a wedding.
Hawn went on to say, “We’ve never had a celebration like this before but I’m not going to pop the question… I wish my mum and my dad could see me because I know they would be really happy for me.”
Russell Had Some Touching Things To Say
When Kurt Russell had a chance to speak, he gave an emotional tribute to his life-long partner. He said, “To you, I owe my wonderful life. Simply put Goldie, I cherish you and all the stars in the sky or on the boulevard can’t hold a candle to that.”
Russell also had a sense of humor about the situation. He spoke of his star being ravaged by the elements and stray dogs in need of relief,” and trod upon by the soles of shoes caked with earth from all corners of the globe, there’s no one else I’d rather be next to for all of that than Goldie Hawn.”
Russell sounded like he was in love and who wouldn’t be? After all, he was riding high off that year’s incredible successes…
It Was A Comeback Year For Goldie
2017 was actually a huge year for both of the stars. In addition to getting her star, Goldie Hawn made her first film appearance in 15 years. She starred in the movie Snatched alongside Amy Schumer.
Hawn was already over 70 years old when she played the role of Schumer’s character’s mother Linda Middleton. When she received her star, Hawn looked back at her long career and the humble beginnings from whence she came. She probably couldn’t have imagined that her career would take her that far in life and that she’d still be acting.
Kurt Russell Is Killing It In The Box Office
While Goldie Hawn made her return to the big screen, Kurt Russell also had a big year. In 2017, Russell starred in two blockbuster hits: The Fate of the Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Both films grossed around $2 billion in the box office combined!
Just when it seemed that the actors were fading away into obscurity, both Hawn and Russell made a rewarding comeback. And Russell, at least, shows no signs of slowing down as he has more films to come out as late as 2019, one of which is going to be another with Quentin Tarantino.
Among his successes, Russell attributes much of it to the support of his family, especially for the way he stepped up to the plate for Kate and Oliver…
Kate Hudson Accepts Kurt Russell As Her Real Father
Many people have contentious relationships with their step-parents over their refusal to accept them. But this couldn’t be farther from the case of Kate Hudson and her relationship with Kurt Russell. Russell has been in Hudson’s life since she was a baby, which is why she regards Russell as her real father.
Hudson knows her biological father is Bill Hudson, but has publicly expressed her disdain for him. Hudson has said that Bill doesn’t have any idea of who she really is, while Russell has been a consistent father figure her whole life.
Kate And Oliver Replaced Their Dad With Kurt
Kate Hudson and her brother Oliver have been quite vocal about their feelings towards their biological father Bill. They’ve expressed that they’ve attempted to reach out to him on multiple occasions throughout their lives, only to receive the cold shoulder.
As difficult as this was for them growing up, luckily they’ve had the kind and understanding support of Kurt Russell. He has been there for them when their actual father hasn’t, serving as a mentor as they grew up. This further explains how both of the Hudson children ended up in the world of acting.
Bill Hudson Spoke Out Against His Kids
Things between the Hudson’s and their biological father became so publicly contentious that the elder Hudson decided to speak out. For Father’s Day 2015, Oliver Hudson shared a photo of him and his sister as kids with Bill, captioning the photo, “Happy Abandonment Day.” Oliver claimed it was a joke, but his father didn’t take the insult lying down.
Bill Hudson later claimed to The Daily Mail that their mother Goldie Hawn had “poisoned” his kids against him. He also claimed that after divorcing Hawn, he attempted to stay close with his children, but with Kurt in the picture it was impossible.
Goldie Hawn Is Six-Times A Grandma
The Hawn-Russell blended family grew once their kids became adults and started having children of their own. Goldie Hawn certainly has her hands full as a grandmother! Kate Hudson had her first daughter in 2018 with boyfriend Danny Fujikawa. She already had two sons, Ryder and Bingham, with rockers Chris Robinson and Matt Bellamy respectively.
Oliver Hudson also already had three kids of his own. With wife Erinn Bartlett, he has two sons Wilder and Bodhi and a daughter named Rio. It seemed that Kate followed in her brother’s footsteps in this case.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Goldie Hawn is undeniably close with her daughter Kate Hudson, who in her adult life went on to become a Hollywood starlet in her own right. Hudson truly followed her mother’s path and became not only a vivacious actress herself, but also an intelligent entrepreneur.
Hudson’s first claim to film fame was her hilarious performance in How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days alongside Matthew McConaughey. She would go on to have memorable performances in Raising Helen and My Best Friends’ Girl, before eventually founding her fitness brand Fabletics.
Hudson Was Also Up For Best Supporting Actress
In can be a little daunting to grow up in the shadows of your parents who are already big-time Hollywood stars. Your relationship to them can only get you so far in the business and from there it’s decided if you’ll be known for your name or for your talent. Luckily for Kate Hudson, it was both.
Her breakout role was in Cameron Crowe’s 2000 flick, Almost Famous. Hudson played Penny Lane, a groupie for the fictional band Stillwater. Instead of a groupie, Lane preferred the term “band-aid.” Like her mother, Hudson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.