In the glamorous and alluring world of Hollywood, there aren’t many couples that manage to stand the test of time. However, every so often we stumble on a famous duo that manage to keep the flame alive. Of course, we’re talking about one of Hollywood’s most iconic golden couples, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell and their enduring love affair.
Even today, Goldie and Kurt are still smitten,-and their mutual affection is just as contagious. Still, their romance didn’t start so smoothly. It almost didn’t happen at all. Although their paths crossed when they were younger, they went on separate paths. Thankfully, fate led them to each other, and the rest is history. So let’s go back to the beginning to unravel their epic three-decade love affair and see why this duo are couple goals personified.
A Rising Star
As the daughter of a musician and an actress, Goldie Hawn was born with star quality. Growing up, she was well-known for her vivacious and infectious personality and had a passion for dancing. She even started her own ballet school at the age of 18. It was after this that Goldie decided to pursue her other passion, acting.
Goldie first started out as a sitcom star in the 60s in the show Good Morning, World. She soon became known for her quirky and comedic style after TV shows like Laugh In, which earned her two Emmy nominations. Goldie then got her big break in 1968 in a Disney movie, which helped catapult her to stardom.
An Aspiring Actor
As the son of an actor and dancer, Kurt Russell also inherited star genes. He also inherited his father’s love for baseball and was on the high school team. Kurt then followed his other passion, acting, and made his movie debut in 1962 in Elvis Presley’s It Happened at the World’s Fair, earning him an Emmy nomination.
After this, Kurt made a name for himself as a TV star in hits like Our Man Higgins. He then landed a ten-year contract with Walt Disney Studios and established himself as a breakout Disney star. He featured in theatrical hits like Follow Me Boys and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.
Their Paths First Crossed
In 1968, both Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn landed a role that would change their destinies forever. You see, they both scored a part in the Disney theatrical musical, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. The pair first locked eyes on the set of that movie, and Goldie admitted there was an instant spark between them and she thought he was adorable.
Although the chemistry between the pair was palpable, Goldie was reluctant to pursue anything romantic with Kurt at that point. The reason for this was that Kurt was 15 at the time and she was 21. The age difference between the duo was a block in their path, so Goldie and Kurt soon separated ways.
After that, Goldie continued to make a name for herself as a bankable star in hits like Cactus Flower and Private Benjamin. She also married twice, to dancer Gus Trikonis in 1969 and then to musician Bill Hudson in 1976. She had two children with Hudson, Oliver, and Kate. However, the pair eventually parted ways and finalized their divorce in 1982.
Likewise, Kurt continued to make his mark in the action movies like Escape From New York. He also found love with another rising starlet, Season Hubley, his on-screen wife on the movie Elvis, and the pair tied the knot in 1979. They were married for four years and had a son named Boston. However, they parted ways too and divorced in 1983.
A Romantic Encounter
Thankfully, fate was on Kurt and Goldie’s side, and their paths crossed one more time. The next time they met was in 1983 on the set of the romantic war drama Swing Shift. This time they were both older and wiser, and the age difference wasn’t so much a block anymore.
As the pair locked eyes once again, Kurt wooed her with his irresistible charms. He then muttered the infamous opening line “Man, you’ve got a great figure” and she was hooked. It was clear that the couple had on-screen chemistry, and after starring as love interests on set, their friendship turned into something much much more.
Romance is Not Dead
After working as co-stars for a while, the pair went on their first date on Valentine’s Day in 1983. The date went well and the pair wanted to continue to enjoy the night. So they ended up at the house that Goldie had just purchased. However, she didn’t have the keys yet. So naturally, they broke in…
As the cops arrived on their first date, it was definitely one to tell the grandkids! And after that fateful date, the rest was history for Goldie and Kurt. The pair went from playing love interests on set, to one of Hollywood’s favorite couples. The adorable duo could often be spotted out and about together, and their chemistry was undeniable.
Goldie later exclaimed how “we both said we would never go out with another actor so it just shows you never can tell.” Thankfully, some rules are meant to be broken. And after a few years of dating, they welcomed a son together, Wyatt in 1986. Soon after that, the acting duo reunited as co-stars once again. This time, they starred together in the romantic comedy to end all romantic comedies, Overboard.
That film was an instant hit and raked in $27 million at the box office. One of the reasons for the movie’s success was the on-screen chemistry between the adorable duo. With his rugged acting charms and her quirky and comedic acting style, they were unstoppable both on and off the screen. And that was only the beginning for this power couple.
A Blended Family Affair
Although Goldie later admitted that originally blown away by Kurt’s handsome looks and irresistible charms, she later revealed the thing that really made her fall for him. She later gushed how “What really got me was when I watched my kids when they’d come to the set and how he was with them. He was amazing with them. He was such a natural.”
And it’s a good thing that Kurt was a family man. By the time the couple got together, they both had children from past relationships. Goldie had two kids, and Kurt had one child. The pair soon welcomed another son together. So the lovebirds started their relationship surrounded by their adorable blended family clan.
The Question of Marriage
It was clear for the world to see that the loved-up couple were head over heels for each other. But after the pair had been together for a few years, the world started to speculate about one thing. Shouldn’t the pair declare their love for each other and officially tie the knot?
Well, Goldie has never been one for tradition, and she later gave her answer to the age-old question. She revealed how “I would have been long divorced if I ever married Kurt.” Her reason for not getting married was because she had been married before and “Vows are made. Vows are broken. What does a piece of paper have to do with it for me?”
Love and Independence
For Goldie, the secret to a happy and long-standing relationship is independence. She continued, ” There’s something psychological about not being married.” The star revealed how she decided after her last divorce that she didn’t need to be bound to someone.
The main reason for not being married was “because it gives you the freedom to make decisions one way or the other.” For this golden couple, it was all about having the freedom to choose to be together. Goldie said, “I chose to stay, Kurt chose to stay, and we like the choice.” She added, “We have done just perfectly without marrying,”
Laughter is The Secret
As time went on, Goldie and Kurt continued to live up to their reputation as one of the charismatic couples in Hollywood. When the dynamic duo weren’t bursting into giggles on the red carpet, they were very much on the social scene. Of course, they would often burst into laughter when they were out too.
Actually, the couple quickly mastered the art of PDA or public displays of affection. As they giggled and goofed around in public, their heartwarming gestures were just so relatable. They quickly won the hearts of fans and it felt like we were all let in on a shared joke. In fact, it only made us love them more.
Kurt’s Hollywood Career
The adorable couple were not only lucky in love. They both continued to carve their way in tinsel town as successful actors. In the 80s and 90s, Kurt continued to cement his status as a Hollywood icon. He landed roles in action movies like Tango and Cash alongside acting legend, Sylvester Stallone.
Kurt then continued to make his mark in movies like Stargate and reprised his role as Snake Plissken in the sequel Escape from L.A. Kurt also won critical acclaim for playing the part of an Olympic hockey coach in the movie Miracle. From there the sky really was the limit for Kurt.
Similarly, Goldie continued to win us all over in a series of major commercial hits. She stole the show in movies like Bird on a Wire alongside Bruce Willis. She then won acclaim for movies like The First Wives Club alongside Bette Midler and Diane Keaton and the film scored the Women in Crystal Award.
Goldie also made her debut as a producer in 1996 in the satirical comedy, Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid. She then made her directorial debut in the film Hope in 1997, featuring Jena Malone. In the early 2000s, Hawn continued to cement her status as a bankable star in hits like Town & Country alongside Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton.
A Power Couple
As much as Goldie and Kurt were carving their own names as stars, they were still seen as an iconic “it” couple in the eye of the public. The picture-perfect couple could often be spotted hanging off each other’s arms at the latest celebrity hotspots.
One of the most appealing things about the magnetic pair is that they have always been so natural and comfortable in each other’s presence. So naturally, the world has always been curious about their secret to a happy romance. Goldie once replied that a lasting relationship is all “about compatibility and communication. And you both need to want it to work.”
A Picture-Perfect Family Life
Another admirable thing about this picture-perfect couple is their picture-perfect family. Goldie and Kurt ensure their blended family grew up in a happy home surrounded by love. Their daughter Kate once said,”‘Well, they must have done something right, because we’re all so close.”
Goldie later revealed her secret to parenthood and raising four kids together. She said it’s all about striking the right balance. Together, Goldie and Kurt are “two pillars holding up the house and the roof.” She also recognizes that her and Kurt are different, and don’t always agree”, so the key is to “learn how to deal with not agreeing.”
Kurt and Kate
Although Kurt is not Kate Hudson’s biological dad, Kate has often spoken about how she considers Kurt to be her father. In a recent Instagram post, she shared a throwback picture of Goldie and Kurt on their anniversary. She captioned it, “Love you madly, deeply, profoundly,” addressing them as “Mama Goldie and Pa.”
Kate later revealed that Kurt really stepped up for her growing up and “The trust I got from [Kurt in terms of his dependability] was priceless for me.” She added how she’s also a fan of his honesty and “I love him so much; he is just a great guy.”
Goldie and Boston
Similarly, Goldie has a lot of affection for Kurt’s biological son, Boston. Interestingly Goldie’s daughter Kate recalled how “I remember the first time I ever saw Boston,” she said. “It was the first time I remember Kurt talking about his son and..it felt like such a big moment.”
In that moment, Kate realized that ‘My mom is obviously madly in love with this guy.” And from that point on, Goldie and her two kids welcomed Boston and Kurt into their lives. Although all the kids weren’t all biologically related, Goldie has made it clear that she treats Boston just like her own child, just like Kurt did to Goldie’s kids.
While it’s universally accepted that Goldie and Kurt are relationship goals personified, Goldie and her daughter Kate are the epitome of mother-daughter goals too. With Goldie’s warm personality and accepting and easy-going personality, she provided the perfect role model for her daughter and struck the perfect balance between a parent and a best friend.
As Kate grew up, Goldie provided a strong, independent female figure for her. Kate once said that even though “My mom, as busy as she was, [with her career] she was a very present parent,” Kate was also inspired to follow in Goldie’s footsteps, both professionally and personally, and became a star and a loving mother in her own right.
Balancing Their Careers
While Goldie and Kurt managed to strike the perfect balance in their relationship and family life, they also managed to strike the perfect balance in their careers. Russell once revealed, “I very rarely worked when I knew Goldie was going to be working. And vice-versa. Which meant we could be together.”
Striking the perfect balance sometimes meant that they had to make difficult decisions and sacrifices for each other. This was the key to maintaining a happy relationship. Kurt elaborated how he was once offered a movie that came with a huge paycheck, but he had to think twice as “I’d just done two pictures in a row and Goldie was about to go to work, so I had to turn it down.”
Playing By Their Own Rules
Goldie and Kurt are a pretty non-traditional couple. And another reason that they have managed to stand the test of time is that they play by their own rules and had to figure things out for themselves. Goldie once explained, “it’s all about being the perfect team without losing your individuality… or losing yourself in each other”.
This all ties in with Goldie’s love for independence. Both Goldie and Kurt have managed to hold on to their individuality and independence while making the perfect golden couple. Goldie continued, “I think the secret is to know when to depend on somebody and when not to.” She believes that you should “be able to hold up your side of the house,” and not put too many burdens on each other’s shoulders.
A Joint Walk of Fame
In 2017, the power couple finally received their own stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And everyone rejoiced as this was the long-overdue! They marked the occasion with a momentous double ceremony and Kurt brought everyone to tears with his emotional speech.
He gushed how “Goldie to you, I owe my wonderful life,” 66-year-old said. “Simply put Goldie, I cherish you. All of the stars in the sky or on the boulevard don’t hold a candle to that.” And just to make sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, he added: “there’s no one else I’d rather be next to…than Goldie Hawn.”
Nurturing Their Love
Goldie’s relationship with Kurt has been very much the subject of public scrutiny over the years. As the world has continued to be captivated by their romance, Goldie has had plenty of time and opportunities to reflect on their relationship in interviews too.
With time, Goldie has also become wiser and later revealed that the key to a lasting relationship is also “love, gratitude, and compassion, Family. Fun. Laughs. ” She admits that both sides “will drive their partner crazy,” but “If you don’t nurture that and remember, you’re done.” Goldie continued how Kurt goes above and beyond “just nurturing that.” In fact “he’s doing so publicly.”
Having the Last Laugh
Goldie insists that the secret to their happy relationship is nurturing their love, maintaining their independence, making their own rules and balancing family life, home life, and their careers. However, we have a sneaky suspicion that the secret is more to do with Kurt and Goldie’s undeniable compatibility and their infectious sense of humor.
Seriously, these lovebirds have enjoyed the longest-running shared joke in history. Whether they’re fooling around on the red carpet or joking with the paparazzi, they have been laughing for over 30 years and don’t take life so seriously. After the ceremony for the Walk of Fame and the emotional speeches, Goldie hilariously exclaimed, “Did we just get married?” It’s clear these two have the last laugh in every situation.
The Next Generation
As Goldie and Kurt’s love story has continued to flourish, it has been full of magical moments. But it has not been without its ups and downs and twists and turns. But we’ll get to that later. What’s important is that this couple have remained strong and managed to withstand the test of time.
They also started out with a brood of four children, who are now grown up and have families of their own. Goldie and Kurt also passed their starry genes onto the next generation and Kate and Wyatt are also successful actors in their own right. As their family continues to grow, let’s see how this couple have adapted to everything that life has thrown at them.