Goldie Hawn

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Goldie Hawn Talks Education On 'Washington Unplugged' - CBS News
Actress and children's advocate Goldie Hawn came to Washington to meet with officials, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and receive an award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)....
Goldie Hawn Champions Children's Mental Health - SYS-CON Media (press release)
WASHINGTON , May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, Goldie Hawn , child advocate and founder of The Hawn Foundation, campaigned for effective children's mental health programs at a Congressional...
Goldie Hawn stops in to schmooze Tim Ryan - The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
by Stephen Koff / Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON -- Were it not for his Facebook page, the world might not know that actress Goldie Hawn stopped by US Rep. Tim Ryan's Capitol Hill office this afternoon. The Mahoning Valley Democrat didn't make a...
Students Relax, Become Aware With a Little Help from Goldie Hawn - Cape May County Herald
A proponent of Mindfulness is actress/ producer Goldie Hawn who has set up a foundation to sponsor the awareness education. “Mindful focused awareness means being aware of your own mind. When you practice mindfulness, you cultivate more awareness and...
Show & Tell: News and information about the arts-and-entertainment ... - Columbus Dispatch
These days, actress Goldie Hawn is more interested in helping children than in making movies. She hasn't released a film since The Banger Sisters in 2002. Instead, she has formed the Hawn Foundation -- which helps children learn how to manage their...
SAMHSA Honors Goldie Hawn, Youth Across the Country in Celebration ... - PR Newswire (press release)
WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight young performers living with mental health challenges from across the country joined child advocate Goldie Hawn last night for a celebration of resilience. The event was part of the Substance Abuse and...
Tony-winning talent set for 'The First Wives Club' - Los Angeles Times Blogs
Lenox, who won a Tony for "Doubt," will play Elyse, the part played by Goldie Hawn. Walsh, who was nominated for "Falsettos" in 1992, will take the part of Brenda, which was first played by Bette Midler. Completing the cast are Tony winner John Dossett...
Colonic cleansing: fad or fab? - Melbourne Herald Sun
It's reported she spent thousands of pounds a year on the treatment, and Goldie Hawn and Demi Moore are also said to be fans. Andrew Matheson, from Aqua Zen Health Centre in Melbourne, believes colonic hydrotherapy, which involves introducing water...
The Shutdown Corner movie of the week: 'Wildcats' - Yahoo! Sports
You can see it. • There's a completely gratuitous nude shot of Goldie Hawn in a bathtub. There's absolutely no reason for it other than to get people to say, "Hey, I heard Goldie Hawn's naked in that movie." I admire the bold filmmaking decision....
Hawn receives award for work with children - Digital Spy
By Tim Parks Goldie Hawn has received an award for her role as an advocate for children's wellbeing. The First Wives Club actress was honoured by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), CBS News reports....

Goldie Hawn

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Goldie Jean Hawn (born November 21, 1945) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe- winning American actress, film director and producer, best known for her 'dizzy blonde' persona in a series of popular comedies.

Hawn was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Laura (née Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Edward Rutledge Hawn, a band musician who played at major events in Washington. She was named after her mother's aunt. She has a sister, Patricia; a brother, Edward, died before she was born. Through her father, Hawn is a direct descendant of Edward Rutledge, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Hawn was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland. Her father was Presbyterian and her mother was Jewish, the daughter of immigrants from Hungary; Hawn was raised in the Jewish religion.

Hawn began taking ballet and tap dance lessons at the age of three, and danced in the chorus of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production of The Nutcracker in 1955. She made her stage debut in 1961, playing Juliet in a Virginia Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet. By 1964, she ran and instructed a ballet school, having dropped out of American University, where she was majoring in drama. In 1964, Hawn, who graduated from Montgomery Blair High School (class of 1963), made her professional dancing debut in a production of Can-Can at the Texas Pavilion of the New York World's Fair. She began working as a professional dancer a year later, and appeared as a go-go dancer in New York City.

Hawn began her acting career as a cast member of the short-lived situation comedy Good Morning, World during the 1967-1968 television season, her role being that of the girlfriend of a radio disc jockey, with a stereotypical "dumb blonde" personality. Her next role, which brought her to international attention, was as one of the regular cast members on the 1960s sketch comedy show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. On the show, she would often break out into high-pitched giggles in the middle of a joke, and deliver a polished performance a moment after. Noted equally for her chipper attitude as for her bikini and painted body, Hawn personified something of a 1960s "It" girl. Her persona was later parlayed into three popular film appearances in the late 1960s and early 1970s: Cactus Flower, There's a Girl in My Soup and Butterflies Are Free.

Hawn made her feature film debut in the 1968 The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (she was billed as Goldie Jeanne) in a bit role as a giggling dancer. Hawn won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Cactus Flower (1969), which was her first supporting role and which co-starred Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman.

After Hawn's Academy Award win, her film career took off. She starred in a string of above average and successful comedies starting with There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), $ (1971), Butterflies Are Free (1972) and Shampoo (1975) as well as proving herself in the dramatic league with the satirical dramas The Girl from Petrovka and The Sugarland Express both in 1974. She also hosted two television specials: Pure Goldie in 1971 and The Goldie Hawn Special in 1978. The latter was a sort of comeback for Hawn, who had been out of the spotlight for two years since the 1976 release of The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, while she was focusing on her marriage and the birth of her son. On the special she performed show tunes and comedy bits alongside comic legend George Burns, teen matinee idol Shaun Cassidy, popular television star John Ritter (during his days on Three's Company) and even the Harlem Globetrotters joined her for a montage. The special later went on to be nominated for a prime-time Emmy. This came four months before the feature film release of Foul Play (with Chevy Chase), which became a box office smash and revived Hawn's career in the film industry. The plot centred around an innocent woman in San Francisco who becomes mixed up in a murder plot. The film was noted for its use of "Hitchcock plagiarism" in that the plot was very similar to some of the late director's murder classics. Hawn's next film, Mario Monicelli's Lovers and Liars (1979), was a box office bomb.

Hawn's popularity continued into the 1980s, starting with Private Benjamin (1980), a comedy which not only starred Hawn but was also her foray into producing. Private Benjamin, which also starred Eileen Brennan and Armand Assante, garnered Hawn her second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Actress. Hawn's box office success continued with an assortment of pictures, including comedies like Seems Like Old Times (1980), Protocol (1984) and Wildcats (1986) (Hawn also served as executive producer on the latter two) and dramas like Best Friends (1982) and Swing Shift (1984).

At the age of thirty-nine, Hawn posed for the cover of Playboy's January 1985 issue, which went on to be one of their highest selling issues. Hawn posed in a giant martini glass wearing nothing but a white collar shirt, a loosened black tie, and a pair of red stilettos. The headline read: "A SPARKLING PLAYBOY INTERVIEW WITH GOLDIE HAWN". Her last film of the 1980s was opposite partner Kurt Russell (for the third time) in the 1987 comedy Overboard, a critical and box office disappointment which questioned the likability and bankability of the two paired together onscreen.

Hawn's career slowed down after 1987, but was revived somewhat in 1990 with the action comedy Bird on a Wire, a critically panned but commercially successful picture that paired Hawn with action favorite Mel Gibson. Hawn had mixed success in the early 1990s, with the thriller Deceived (1991) and the drama CrissCross (1992). But her role opposite Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep in 1992's film Death Becomes Her garnered her much attention. Earlier that year, she starred in HouseSitter (1992), a screwball comedy with Steve Martin, which was a commercial and critical success. Hawn was absent from the screen again for four years, while caring for her mother who died of cancer in 1994. Hawn made her entry back into the film business with producing the satirical comedy Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid, as well as making her foray into directing with the television film Hope (1997) starring Christine Lahti and Jena Malone.

Hawn returned to the screen again in 1996 as the aging, alcoholic actress Elise Elliot in the financially and critically successful The First Wives Club, opposite Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, with whom she covered the Lesley Gore hit "You Don't Own Me" for the film's soundtrack. Hawn also performed a cover version of the Beatles' song, "A Hard Day's Night", on George Martin's 1998 album, In My Life. She continued her tenure in the '90s with Woody Allen's musical Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and reuniting with Steve Martin for the comedy The Out-of-Towners (1999), a remake of the 1970 Neil Simon hit. The film was critically panned and was not successful at the box office.

In 2001, Hawn was reunited with former co-stars Warren Beatty (her co-star in $ and Shampoo) and Diane Keaton for the comedy Town & Country, a critical and financial fiasco. Budgeted at an estimated US$90 million, the film opened to little notice and grossed only $7 million in its North American theatrical run. As of 2009, her last film appearance was in the 2002 runaway hit The Banger Sisters, opposite Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush.

In 2005, Hawn's autobiography, A Lotus Grows in the Mud, was published. Hawn has said that the book is not a Hollywood tell-all, but rather a memoir and record of what she has learned in her life so far. Hawn announced in an interview with AARP's magazine that her next film project would be called Ashes to Ashes and co-star her partner Kurt Russell. The film is about a New York widow who loses her late husband's ashes in India.

Hawn married Bill Hudson, of the Hudson Brothers, but the two divorced in 1980. They have two children, Oliver Hudson (born 1976) and Kate Hudson (born 1979), both of whom are now actors.

Hawn has been in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell since 1983, when the two met again on the set of Swing Shift (they had previously met while filming 1968's The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band). The couple have a son, Wyatt Russell (born July 10, 1986), who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Hawn is stepmother to Kurt Russell's son Boston and she became a grandmother on January 7, 2004, when her daughter, Kate Hudson, gave birth to son Ryder Russell Robinson. Hawn became a grandmother for a second time when her son, Oliver Hudson and his wife, actress Erinn Bartlett had a son Wilder Brooks Hudson, on August 23, 2007.

Hawn became involved in Eastern philosophy in 1972. She is a practising Buddhist and has raised her children in both Buddhist and Jewish traditions. She stated on the Larry King Show that she is a Jewish Buddhist, but neither more Jewish nor more Buddhist; in interviews, she also detailed that she never had to forsake her Jewish heritage to embrace Buddhism and that her Jewish religion and heritage come before Buddhism. Hawn travels to India annually, and has visited Israel, stating that she felt a strong identification with its people. She has been criticized, by pro-Palestinians, for lending out her support for Israel and for the Jewish National Fund. In 1997, she was one of a number of Hollywood stars and executives to sign an open letter to then-German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, published as a newspaper advertisement in the International Herald Tribune, which protested the treatment of Scientologists in Germany.

Hawn founded and funds the Goldie Hawn Institute, formerly called the Bright Lights Foundation. The institute teaches the Buddhist technique of mindfulness training; where fourth through seventh graders are instructed in mindful awareness techniques and positive thinking skills, then tested for changes in behavior, social and emotional competence, and moral development. One school official reports that in one classroom, the children went from having the most behavioral problems, to having zero behavioral problems.

Hawn realizes that many parents oppose bringing Buddhist methods into public schools, and recently stated in Greater Good magazine, published by Greater Good Science Center: "There will always be people who see this as scary, or as some kind of Eastern philosophy that they don't want for their kids." Hawn adds, "Mindfulness gives kids a tool for understanding how their brain works, for having more self-control".

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The First Wives Club

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The First Wives Club is an Academy Award-nominated 1996 comedy film, based on the same-titled 1992 novel by Olivia Goldsmith. Narrated by Diane Keaton, it stars Goldie Hawn, Keaton and Bette Midler as three divorced women who seek revenge on their husbands who left them for younger women. Stephen Collins, Victor Garber and Dan Hedaya co-star as the husbands, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Marcia Gay Harden and Elizabeth Berkley as the younger women, with Maggie Smith and Stockard Channing playing key supporting roles. Scott Rudin produced and Hugh Wilson directed; the film was distributed by Paramount Pictures.

While critical reaction to the film as a whole was more measured, it received generally favorable notice and became a surprise box-office hit following its North American release, eventually grossing $181,490,000 worldwide, mostly from its domestic run. Even developing a cult following among middle-aged women, the actresses' highest-grossing project of the decade helped revitalize their careers in film and television. The picture received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Score" for composer Marc Shaiman as well as a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Hawn and two Satellite Award nominations for Midler and Parker.

The movie starts at Middlebury College in the 1960s, where four friends, Elise Elliot (Goldie Hawn), Brenda Cushman (Bette Midler), Annie Paradis (Diane Keaton), and Cynthia Griffin (Stockard Channing), are graduating. As a present, Cynthia presents the girls with matching pearl necklaces.

Decades later, Cynthia (who has become exceptionally wealthy), commits suicide when her husband divorces her for a much younger woman. Her former friends aren’t doing much better: Brenda is divorced (for a younger woman), depressed, and struggling financially. Elise, also divorced (also for a younger woman), is now an aging movie star who has become an alcoholic and addicted to plastic surgery so she can keep her career afloat. Annie, meanwhile, is separated and going through therapy with her husband. Shortly after the funeral (in which the three friends are reunited for the first time since college), Annie’s husband Aaron (Stephen Collins) asks for a divorce, leaving her for a younger woman (her therapist), Brenda has a rather nasty encounter at a store with her ex Morty (Dan Hedaya) and his younger (and rather hateful) mistress Shelly (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Elise finds out that her new director wants her for a role as a mother. Feeling that they are being shafted by their husbands, the women start up the First Wives Club, aiming to get revenge on their exes. Annie’s lesbian daughter Chris (Jennifer Dundas) also gets in on the plot by working at her father’s advertising agency so she can supply her mother with information.

Brenda finds out through her uncle Carmine (Philip Bosco) (who has mafia connections) that Morty is guilty of income tax fraud, while Annie makes a plan to buy out Aaron’s partners. However, as their plan moves through, things start to fall apart when they find out that Elise’s ex Bill (Victor Garber) has no checkered past and nothing for them to use. Brenda and Elise hurl insults at each other, and the girls drift apart. When Annie starts thinking about closing down the First Wives Club, her friends come back, saying that they want to see this to the end… and they now have dirt on Bill: his mistress (Elizabeth Berkley) is a minor.

It is important to note that the plot of the movie diverges significantly from that of the novel. In the novel, the wives also seek revenge on Cynthia's ex-husband Gil (James Naughton), each wife has a romantic subplot, and the children have more significant roles.

The film project originally belonged to Sherry Lansing, who bought the unpublished manuscript of the novel in 1991, after many publishers had rejected it, and handed it over to producer Scott Rudin when she became CEO of Paramount Pictures in 1992. "It was one of the single best ideas for a movie I've ever heard," she said in a 1996 interview with The New York Times. "The situation of a woman getting left for a younger version of herself was far too common. But we didn't want a movie about women as victims. We wanted a movie about empowerment." Rudin consulted Robert Harling to write the screenplay, whose script was reworked by Paul Rudnick when Harling left to direct 1996's The Evening Star, the sequel to the 1983 drama Terms of Endearment. Rudnick, however, felt the final script was "incomprehensible": "To figure out the structure of that movie would require an undiscovered Rosetta Stone," he told The New York Times.

Diane Keaton was the first reported to have landed one of the starring roles, having previously worked with Rudin on the set of Marvin's Room (1996), followed by Bette Midler who had originally auditioned for the "more glamorous role" of Elise. Although Rudin originally intended to cast Jessica Lange in the latter role, the team decided to rewrite the character of the book in favour of a "glitzier" version which eventually went to eleventh-hour addition Goldie Hawn. Actor Mandy Patinkin dropped out shortly before shooting start and was replaced by Stephen Collins when he decided to leave the project in favour of his musical ambitions, while Dan Hedaya won the role of Morty over Hector Elizondo. Elizabeth Berkley only took her part to "work with the best actresses around," and Timothy Olyphant, who had impressed with local stage work, made his screen debut as director Brett Artounian in the film.

Cameos of note include Ivana Trump, Gloria Steinem and Kathie Lee Gifford as themselves as well as uncredited appearances by Richard Council, author Olivia Goldsmith, Hugh Wilson as a commercial director, and Heather Locklear as the younger lover of James Naughton's character Gil. Additionally, Jon Stewart was hired to play the lover of Goldie Hawn's character Elise; however, he never actually made it to the film. "I played her boyfriend and apparently they felt that that was not inherently part of the storyline and so she broke up with me before the movie started," he joked on Larry King Live in 2006.

Principal photography took place over three months at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York City between December 4, 1995 and March 19, 1996. Among the 60 sites showcased on screen are Christie's auction house, the Bowery Bar, a suite at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Cafe des Artistes, the King Cole bar at the St. Regis Hotel, Frank E. Campbell's funeral home, and Barney's, as well as the Chrysler Building, the NoHo neighborhood, both the 5th and the 7th Avenue, the Riverside Drive, and the Central Park.

A musical stage version of the film, The First Wives Club – A New Musical, is scheduled to play at The Old Globe in San Diego from July 15, 2009 through August 23, 2009 prior to a Broadway engagement. The book is by Rupert Holmes, with a score by the "one-time only reunited" Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team from 1960s Motown soul music fame. Francesca Zambello is set to direct. The creators and Zambello were engaged for the project in 2006. An industry reading of the musical is scheduled for February 2, 2009, with principals Ana Gasteyer, Carolee Carmello and Adriane Lenox.

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Meryl Streep

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Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. She is widely regarded as one of the best movie actors of the modern era. She made her professional stage debut in 1971's The Playboy of Seville, and her screen debut came in 1977's made-for-television movie, The Deadliest Season. Streep made her film debut in Julia (1977), starring opposite Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave.

Both critical and commercial success came quickly with roles in The Deer Hunter, with Robert De Niro and John Cazale, and Kramer vs. Kramer, with Dustin Hoffman, the former giving Streep her first Oscar nomination and the latter her first win. Streep's work has earned her two Academy Awards, a Cannes award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), three New York Film Critics Circle Awards, four Grammy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards, a BAFTA award, and a Tony Award nomination. She has received 15 Academy Award nominations, more than any other actor or actress in the history of the awards, and is tied with Angela Lansbury and Jack Nicholson for most Golden Globe Award wins, with six each.

She has been nominated a record-breaking 23 times for a Golden Globe Award, beating Jack Lemmon, who had 22. She is also one of the few actors to have won all four major screen acting awards (Oscars, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA awards).

Streep was born Mary Louise Streep in Summit, New Jersey, the daughter of Mary W. Streep, a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep, Jr., a pharmaceutical executive. Streep's mother was of Swiss, Irish, and English ancestry, and her father's family was of Dutch descent. Streep was raised Presbyterian; the name "Streep" means "straight line" in Dutch. She has two younger brothers, Dana and Harry. Streep was raised in Bernardsville, New Jersey, where she attended and graduated from Bernards High School. She received her B.A. in Drama at Vassar College in 1971 but also enrolled as a transfer student at Dartmouth College for a semester before that school had become coeducational. She subsequently earned an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.

She performed in several theater productions in New York after graduating from Yale, including the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew with Raúl Juliá, and Measure for Measure opposite Sam Waterston and John Cazale, who became her fiancé. She starred on Broadway in the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End, and won an Obie for her performance in the all-sung off-Broadway production of Alice at the Palace.

Streep's first feature film was Julia, in which she played a small but pivotal role during a flashback scene. The Deer Hunter (1978) was her second feature film, and it earned Streep her first Academy Award nomination (for Best Supporting Actress). The following year, she won an Academy Award for her role opposite Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer (Best Supporting Actress, 1979). In 1982 she won again, for Sophie's Choice (Best Actress), where she starred alongside Peter MacNicol and Kevin Kline.

In 1978, she won her first Emmy Award, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for the miniseries Holocaust. A year later, she appeared in her only Woody Allen film, Manhattan. Streep was engaged to John Cazale ("Fredo" in The Godfather), her costar in The Deer Hunter, until his death from bone cancer on March 12, 1978. In September 1978, she married sculptor Don Gummer. They have four children: Henry W. Gummer (1979), Mary Willa Gummer (Mamie Gummer) (1983), Grace Jane Gummer (1986), and Louisa Jacobson Gummer (1991). While Streep still continued her career during motherhood, she chose to raise her family and be there for her children rather than work full time. Henry is an actor, filmmaker and co-founder of the rock band Bravo Silva. Mamie has chosen acting as a career, and made her off-Broadway debut as Lucy in a 2005 production of Mr. Marmalade at the Laura Pels Theatre. Grace made her acting debut at the Wild Project in New York in The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents, by the Swiss playwright Lukas Bärfuss in November 2008.

In the 1980s, Streep appeared in the acclaimed films The French Lieutenant's Woman; Silkwood, with Kurt Russell and Cher; Out of Africa, with Robert Redford; and Ironweed, with Jack Nicholson (in which Streep makes her singing debut). She received strong reviews and an Academy Award nomination for Silkwood, portraying activist Karen Silkwood. In A Cry in the Dark (titled Evil Angels in Australia), Streep portrayed Lindy Chamberlain, the Australian mother who was accused of being responsible for the death of her infant after claiming that a dingo took her baby. For her performance, she was awarded Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. From 1984 to 1990, Streep won six People's Choice Awards for Favorite Motion Picture Actress and, in 1990, was named World Favorite.

In the 1990s, Streep took a greater variety of roles, including a strung-out movie actress in a screen adaptation of Carrie Fisher's novel Postcards from the Edge, with Dennis Quaid and Shirley MacLaine, and a farcical role in Death Becomes Her, with Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. Streep also appeared in the movie version of Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits, Clint Eastwood's screen adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County, The River Wild, She-Devil, Marvin's Room (with Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio), One True Thing, and Music of the Heart, a role that required her to learn to play the violin.

In 2002, she costarred with Nicolas Cage in Spike Jonze's Adaptation. as real-life author Susan Orlean, and with Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in The Hours. She also appeared with Al Pacino and Emma Thompson in the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner's six-hour play, Angels in America, in which she had four roles. She received her second Emmy Award for Angels in America, which reunited her with director Mike Nichols (who directed her in Silkwood, Heartburn, and Postcards from the Edge). She also played Aunt Josephine in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events with Jim Carrey.

In addition, she appeared in Jonathan Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate, costarring Denzel Washington, in which she played a role first performed by Angela Lansbury. Since 2002, Streep has hosted the annual event Poetry & the Creative Mind, a benefit in support of National Poetry Month and a program of the Academy of American Poets. Streep also co-hosted the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert with Liam Neeson in Oslo, Norway in 2001.

In 2004, Streep was awarded the AFI Life Achievement Award by the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute, which honors an individual for a lifetime contribution to enriching American culture through motion pictures and television.

Streep's more recent film releases are Prime (2005); the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion, with Lindsay Lohan and Lily Tomlin; and the box office success The Devil Wears Prada, with Anne Hathaway, which earned Streep the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and an Academy Award nomination.

In 2008 she appeared as Donna in the film version of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!, For this role she won the award of Best Female Performance at the National Movie Awards (UK), and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. She played Sister Aloysius in the 2008 film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt. She received both an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama for that film. She also shared the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress with Anne Hathaway for the role, and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

Her upcoming film, Julie & Julia, will have her playing the late Julia Child. She will also be starring in a new Nancy Meyers romantic comedy, which will also star Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, will begin production in February, 2009.

In New York City, she appeared in the 1976 Broadway double bill of Tennessee Williams' 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Arthur Miller's A Memory of Two Mondays. For the former, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Her other early Broadway credits include Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical, Happy End, in which she originally appeared off-Broadway at the Chelsea Theater Center. She received Drama Desk Award nominations for both productions. Once Streep's film career flourished, she took a long break from stage acting.

In July 2001, Streep returned to the stage for the first time in more than twenty years, playing Arkadina in the Public Theater's revival of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. The staging, directed by Mike Nichols, also featured Kevin Kline, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Marcia Gay Harden, and John Goodman.

In August and September 2006, she starred onstage at The Public Theater's production of Mother Courage and Her Children at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. The Public Theater production was a new translation by playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America), with songs in the Weill/Brecht style written by composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change); veteran director George C. Wolfe was at the helm. Streep starred alongside Kevin Kline and Austin Pendleton in this three-and-a-half-hour play, in which she sang several songs and was in nearly every scene.

After appearing in Mamma Mia!, Streep's rendition of the song "Mamma Mia" rose to popularity in the Portuguese music charts, where it has so far peaked at #8, adding to Streep's many achievements in the entertainment industry.

At the 35th People's Choice Awards, her version of "Mamma Mia" won an award for "Favorite Song From A Soundtrack", beating the Alicia Keys and Jack White collaboration for James Bond and Fergie's "Labels or Love" from the soundtrack of Sex and the City.

Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated 15 times since her first nomination in 1979 for The Deer Hunter (12 for Best Actress and 3 for Best Supporting Actress).

Meryl Streep also holds the record for actress with the most Golden Globe Awards, with six wins. She is the most nominated performer for a Golden Globe Award (she has 23 nominations) and is also tied with Jack Nicholson and Angela Lansbury for most Golden Globes overall by an actor or actress (six wins). Streep has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2003, she was awarded an honorary César Award by the French Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema. In 2004 at the Moscow International Film Festival, Meryl Streep was honored with the Stanislavsky Award for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's school.

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The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox is a 1976 western romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and George Segal, produced, directed and co-written by Melvin Frank.

A dance hall girl, Duchess, joins with a gambler nicknamed the "Dirtwater Fox" on the way to Salt Lake City, Utah. Seeking refuge from a pursuing gang of outlaws, the Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox join a wagon train of Mormons.

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Oliver Hudson

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Oliver Rutledge Hudson (born September 7, 1976) is an American actor. He is the son of Goldie Hawn and brother of Kate Hudson. In 2007, Hudson starred in the CBS Series Rules Of Engagement, co-starring David Spade.

Hudson may be best remembered for starring in the TV series My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star and The Mountain (2004-2005), and supporting roles in the films New Best Friend (2002) and The Out-of-Towners (1999). Hudson also played opposite Katie Holmes as her love interest "Eddie Doling" in sixteen episodes of Dawson's Creek. Hudson played in the 2005 World Series of Poker Main Event but experienced terrible luck, when he went broke on the very first hand, losing to 2003 runner-up Sam Farha (who had a better Full House than Hudson). He also plays a main role in Rules of Engagement, which made its debut in 2007.

Hudson was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Academy Award-winning actress Goldie Hawn and musician Bill Hudson, famous as one of the 1970s variety act "The Hudson Brothers". Hudson's parents divorced in 1980; he and his sister, actress Kate Hudson, were raised in Colorado by his mother and his mother's long-time boyfriend, actor Kurt Russell. Hudson says that he considers Russell to be his father. He has three half-siblings, Emily and Zachary Hudson, from his biological father's subsequent marriage to actress Cindy Williams, and Wyatt, from his mother's relationship with Kurt Russell.

Hudson is of Hungarian, Italian, and Jewish descent, and was raised partially in his maternal grandmother's Jewish religion. Hudson is also the cousin of singer Sarah Hudson.

Hudson married actress Erinn Bartlett on June 9, 2006 in Mexico. Bartlett is a former Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, and was a semi-finalist at the Miss Teen USA pageant in 1991. They have a son, Wilder Brooks Hudson, who was born on August 23, 2007 in Los Angeles.

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Protocol (film)

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Protocol is a 1984 comedy film that starred Goldie Hawn and Chris Sarandon. Goldie Hawn plays a Washington, D.C., cocktail waitress who prevents the assassination of a visiting Arab Emir, winds up a national heroine and is offered a job with the United States Department of State as a Protocol official as a reward. Unbeknownst to her however, there is more than gratitude to thank for her good fortune, and she becomes an unwilling pawn in political dealings, albeit with hilarious results.

Sunny Ann Davis is a seemingly ditzy blonde who works as a cocktail waitress in Washington, D.C. She rents a small room in the home of a gay couple, has a lousy love life and drives a rust bucket of a car that she cannot afford to repair. When the movie begins, she has the misfortune of having the car break down on a major road, blocking the route of a diplomatic convoy that is traveling to The White House. Unsympathetic to Sunny's predicament, the Diplomatic Security Service treat the incident as a possible security threat and move into full security mode, with guns withdrawn and aimed, ready to fire. However, Sunny is naive to the seriousness of her situation, concerned only that she will now be late for work.

At the Safari Club where Sunny works, her night is getting worse. Her date cancels on her, and she is forced to wear the emu suit because all of the other costumes are now taken by the other waitresses who arrived at work on time. She hates the costume because it invites unwanted sexual propositions. Even though she is "so broke", she refuses an offer from a patron requesting special "favors" in return for cash, as well as a loan from her fellow waitress friend, Ella.

On her way home from work, Sunny is curious about the media attention surrounding a gala dinner, and stops to watch the dignitaries leaving the event. A man of Middle Eastern descent rudely pushes past her, and she feels something hard in his coat pocket. She angrily, but unseriously asks him whether he has a gun. To her horror, he does! One shot is fired, and Sunny prevents him taking aim at his target by biting his arm. In the ensuing commotion, both Sunny and the gunman are forced to the ground and another shot is fired. Sunny cries out, realizing she has been shot.

Through news media reports, we learn that Sunny has been taken to the hospital and is being lauded as a heroine. She has prevented the assassination of a visiting Emir, who had been in Washington to further relations between the US and his "small, but strategic Middle Eastern country". On the operating table, doctors remove a bullet from Sunny's left buttock. And while recovering, finds herself thrust into public adoration, receiving mail from celebrities and countless marriage proposals.

Michael Ransome, a Middle Eastern Desk Chief from the State Department pays Sunny a visit to help her get through her first press conference since the shooting. At the conference, Sunny answers each question about her life honestly, with humor and charm, revealing herself to be hugely likeable, intelligent, patriotic, and with simple views in life. She also reveals that she has never voted, preferring to consider herself as just an American, rather than any political label. Back at The White House, politicians Crowe and Hilley are watching the conference and they joke that if Sunny is to be believed, she could run for office because of her appeal to so many large groups of voters, including working women, small town folk, senior citizens, gays, the law and order bunch, baseball fans, barflys and animal lovers. They contact the President of the United States (who is napping during this most important speech), and arrange for him to call Sunny at the hospital.

We then learn that the Emir whose life Sunny saved, was being wooed by the US, who want to establish a military base in his country because of its ideal geographic location in the Middle East. He decides that he will allow the US to build their base in his country - on the proviso that they allow him to claim Sunny as another wife. Without the President's knowledge, the State Department decide to trade Sunny for the base without her knowledge, and they devise a plan to do so.

The Vice President of the United States pay Sunny a visit in her hometown, and offers her a job within the Protocol Department of the Government. She has to look up what protocol means in a dictionary, but when she realizes he is offering her a well paying job, she accepts, thinking of it as a way to change her mundane life.

Back in Washington, Sunny approaches her new job with nervous excitement, She attends formal dinners and meets dignitaries from foreign countries. At one dinner, she is introduced to Nawaf Al Kabeer, who thanks Sunny on behalf of the Emir, and presents a car to her, as a thank you gift from the Emir. She returns the gift though, having researched in her short time in the job that as a government employee, she is unable to accept gifts. But this act infuriates both the Emir and the State Department who see it as one more delay in trading Sunny.

Meanwhile, Sunny continues to embrace her new role, unaware that in the Emir's country, the local population is aware of the fact that Sunny is to be a new Queen, and they are growing in anger about it. Sunny is told that the Emir wants to meet her personally, and that she is to "show him a good time". She looks upon this invitation as a way to help her old boss Lou out, by arranging a party at his failing Safari Club, where she used to work. Unfortunately, Lou has not closed the bar to his regular patrons and Sunny has invited friends of her own. Soon, the party gets out of control, the Police make arrests and all of this is filmed by the media.

Sunny feels terrible about the problems she has caused, and Ambassador St John sees this as a perfect opportunity to finally make the trade. She tells Sunny to go with the Emir "represent her country", as well as to make amends. She does so, but once there, she sees a painted mural of herself in the wedding attire of the Emir's country. She then realizes that she has been set-up, and that she was traded in order for the US to build their base in his country.

Sunny confronts the Emir, and he confirms what has happened, telling her that since he has been unable to produce sons, he needed a new wife. Sunny angrily tells him that the US will be angry at what he has done, but he explains to her that the US instigated the trade. This infuriates Sunny, but before she can respond, a violent coup takes place in the Emir's country of Otah, and the two are forced to flee the country.

Back in the US, an angry and hostile Sunny must deal with a government that is denying knowledge of the trade, as well as a public that is now questioning whether she in fact knew all along of the plan. She also has to face a Congressional inquiry to find out the truth. Michael Ransome has quit his job in disgust at what was done to Sunny.

At the inquiry, Sunny cuts the proceedings short by admitting that she was responsible for what happened, by not taking any interest in the political affairs of her country. But she also reminds them that the leaders of the country have a responsibility towards the people of that country, and that their decisions ultimately affect peoples lives. So if she pays no attention, and doesn't vote or care, then she has no right to complain about what happens. In concluding, she warns the political powers in the room, that from now on, she will be watching all of them "like a hawk".

The film then jumps roughly two years into the future, and we learn that Sunny has married Michael Ransome, and they have a baby. She is also running for Congress in her hometown of Diamond Junction in Oregon, and is awaiting the results of the votes at the ballot. She then gets a call telling her that she has won.

The film took in $3 427,840 during its opening weekend on 21st December 1984, and was released in 893 theatres. To date, the film has grossed $26 186,631.

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