"Faces of the Tour" continues here at the American Treasure Tour blog. Today, we recognize the waifish Goldie Hawn!
Washington, D.C. native Hawn was born in 1945, and started dancing three years later. Her big chance would not come until 1968, however, when she became a regular member of the case for the psychedelic sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. The thin, blonde, vivacious actor became internationally famous for her often-painted body and giggly delivery of silly, often dippy jokes and one liners. She entered the world of the cinema soon after, and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1969 for a performance in Cactus Flower. She remained active in film through the remainder of the 20th century, now showing up on the big screen only periodically, while spending more of her time with her family and working in philanthropic causes.
Who is Goldie Hawn's famous acting daughter:
a) Bridget Fonda
b) Jennifer Jason Leigh
c) Gwyneth Paltrow
d) Kate Hudson
e) Jamie Lee Curtis
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuted on this day in 1968. The cast would prove to be a "best of the best" of comedians during the late-60s, including Arte Johnson, Ruth Buzzi, Richard Dawson, Henry Gibson, and today's "Face of the Tour," Goldie Hawn! Mixing slapstick comedy, political satire, and music, Laugh-In reached out to popular hippy culture of the day and, famously, included a guest appearance during their September 16, 1968 episode by presidential hopeful Richard Nixon, which Nixon accredited with his election a few months later over his Democratic opponent Hubert Humphrey (who notably did NOT make an appearance on the program).
The American Music Awards began in 1973 as a creation of Dick Clark, ostensibly to compete with the Grammys, but also to give the public and the average music buyer a chance to select the best performers in music. On this day in 1990, the band Milli Vanilli won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single with their song "Girl You Know It's True." Their victory turned into defeat when it was discovered that Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, the two men who were presented as the duo, did not actually sing any of the songs. Their careers ended in disgrace and, despite efforts to rehabilitate the band, as well as Morvan and Pilatus, Rob Pilatus tragically died in 1998 after a drug overdose.
In 1875, a baby boy was born who would grow up to become one of the most influential American film directors not only of the silent era, but of all time. David Llewellyn Wark "D.W." Griffith is justly credited with contributing major innovations to the development of early cinema, creating narrative styles and techniques that continue to be used today. Unfortunately, his substantial positive legacy is dominated by the highly controversial film Birth of a Nation (1915), which tells the story of the American Civil War with a skewed perspective that was far from sympathetic to African Americans or working-class Caucasians. Extremely popular in its day, it nevertheless (and justifiably) received criticisms so intense that Griffith reacted by directing another movie, Intolerance, which showed the evils of prejudice throughout the ages, as something of an apology for Birth of a Nation. His career extended well into the talkie era, but never again did he achieve the popularity of his early films. He was all but forgotten by the time he retired from directing in the early-1930s.
The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are. -- Goldie Hawn
Answer: d) Kate Hudson