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Goldie Hawn: Marriage or career? (1982)

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Here is part of an interview with Goldie Hawn, about how to manage her career and parenthood… which included raising a little girl who grew up one of America’s sweethearts, actress Kate Hudson.

Goldie Hawn’s heartbreak choice: Marriage or career

Unable to strike a balance between love and work, Goldie is now separated from her second husband — and saddled with a difficult role: single parenthood. Like many women today, Goldie must reconcile her conflict between career and marriage — and find a way to have it all.

Until recently, Goldie Hawn always played the role of a birdbrained blonde. But with the release of Private Benjamin (one of 1980’s box office blockbusters), the goofy Goldie image was replaced with that of a grown-up, talented actress and tough-when-necessary producer. Today, few in her profession glitter more than Goldie.

But there’s one problem: While Goldie is happy about her success, she’s less than happy about her personal life… not exactly a new predicament for the petite star. Often, when the “success” end of Goldie’s seesaw is up, the “love” end comes down with a big thud. The question for Goldie is — as it is for many women today — will she ever get her personal and professional lives in balance?

Today, following the separation from her second husband, Bill Hudson, 31, and having been forced into a role she doesn’t want — that of single parent — Goldie has a lot to think about. At 36, she must determine if, for her, stardom and stability are mutually exclusive.

Unquestionably, Goldie’s career has bedeviled her relationships with men. But even when she tries to put her career second, she appears to remain so devoted to her work that eventually she leaves everything else behind.

Ironically, this is the same woman who telephoned her mother when the TV comedy show The Best of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In catapulted her to fame, wailing, “I don’t want to be a star. I just want to get married and have a family.”

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And yet, Goldie kept right on working… and will continue to do so.

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The next move is Goldie’s. Clearly she, like so many other women today, must find a way to balance the work/love seesaw. Once she decides what direction to take, there’s nothing stopping her from having it all.

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