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After a stint as a go-go dancer and a singer and dancer in theater and TV chorus lines, Hawn, now 63, was first seen by TV audiences as a ditsy neighbor in the 1967-68 CBS comedy series "Good Morning, World." That role led to her being cast in 1968 as a regular on the landmark NBC sketch comedy series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." With her close-cropped blond hair and big blue eyes, Hawn won over the hearts of America -- and earned two Emmy nominations -- with her giggles and verbal faux pas. British critic David Thomson wrote: "I don't think any film has ever captured the lyrical blonde naivete that Goldie showed on TV's 'Laugh-In.' She is usually pert and engaging: amiability perches on her high, child's voice and gurgles from her baby's mouth."
Hollywood quickly snapped Hawn up, casting her as the sweetly dimwitted Greenwich Village salesgirl who is the mistress of a "married" dentist (Walter Matthau) in the 1969 comedy "Cactus Flower." She won the supporting actress Oscar for her delightful performance. Over the subsequent decades, Hawn's demonstrated her comedic versatility in such films as 1975's "Shampoo," 1978's "Foul Play," 1980's "Private Benjamin," for which she received a lead actress Oscar nod, and 1996's "The First Wives Club."