The Low Down Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell Are Open About Their Long-Lasting Open Relationship Published 3 months ago on Nov 15, 2018 By Allie Lewis Celebrity relationships come and go in Hollywood as fast as red carpet fashion fads. But while everything in Hollywood has been getting the reboot, including the Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell 1987 classic film Overboard, these two living legends and long-term lovebirds have proven to have some serious staying power. After more than three decades together, the famously unmarried pair clearly know a thing or two about what it takes to make a relationship last. So what’s their secret? It may not be for everyone, but for the open-minded out there, it might be just that, an open mind. But that’s not all, Goldie and Kurt have a few more tips worth taking. 1. Too Soon To Tell A young 23-years old Goldie Hawn and even younger 17 years old Kurt Russell met on the musical film The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band in 1968. But for these two young upstarts, it wouldn’t be love at first sight. Twitter.com Starting out as a dancer, the film was Hawn’s acting debut. Her official credited role was “Giggly Girl,” and anyone who has seen any of her later films would agree that there’s no better way to describe the actress if not giggly. Even though Goldie and Kurt didn’t share any screen time, the stars aligned for these future stars, and they would meet again. 2. “Giggly Girl” Goldie’s turn as “Giggly Girl” from Disney’s The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band must have been memorable not just for the young Kurt Russell, because Hawn’s left her career as a go-go dancer behind for the bright lights of Hollywood. Dove/Stringer The 70s launched Goldie’s acting career in earnest, as the rapidly rising actress landed a series of memorable roles in There’s a Girl in My Soup, $, and Shampoo. Coupled with two primetime variety specials Hawn’s naïve bubble blonde persona was solidified. America’s favorite blue-eyed blonde didn’t just attract the attentions of moviegoers everywhere, she’d catch the eye of quite a few notable suitors as well. 3. A Switch Hitter Meanwhile, Kurt Russell called a time out from acting, and turned to his other passion – baseball. Going on to be a switch-hitting second baseman with the Class AA El Paso Sun Kings, Russell honestly believe baseball was his future, but fate has a funny way of coming around. Thewrap.com After an injury took him out of the game, Russell switched gears and returned to acting, finding success in television roles. The notoriously long-haired Russell landed his first real leading role in the 1980 made-for-television film Elvis, playing none other than The King himself. The flick would go on to give Russell not only an Emmy nomination, and, a new love interest. 4. Gentlemen Go Gaga For Goldie Hawn married dancer/director Gus Trikonis in 1969, but separated a few years later in 1973 when she would go on to date stuntman Ted Grossman, Swedish actor Bruno Wintzell, and Italian actor Franco Nero. Still, none of these romances were just right for this Goldie Locks. Wesley/Stringer Goldie and Gus didn’t finalize their divorce until 1975, after Hawn had become engaged to musician Bill Hudson, one half of The Hudson Brothers band, and father of her two elder children, Oliver and Kate. Alas, Hawn and Hudson wouldn’t last either, and after six years of marriage the two parted ways. When would Goldie find her golden boy? 5. A Hit and a Miss Kurt Russell met future wife Season Hubley on the set of Elvis, but after the birth of their son Boston, and three years of marriage, the pair parted in 1983. While the end of a relationship is always hard, the timing couldn’t have been better. PickYourImage.com With Hawn having formally parted with Hudson in 1982, Goldie and Kurt were newly single at the same time. They say that when one door closes, another one opens, but once these two stars re-entered each other’s orbit, what would happen? With three marriages between them, had they been burned by bad romances, or maybe they were just looking for a rebound? 6. Swing Shift It had been more than 10 years since their first film and this time would certainly be different. It was during casting of the 1984 romantic drama Swing Shift, that Kurt Russell was properly introduced to Goldie Hawn, and in that moment, well, let’s just say these two know how to make an impression. Moviestore Collection/Rex Feat Russell, suffering from a hangover from a night of drinking the night before, looked at the blue-eyed blonde in front of him and blurted out “Man, you got a great figure.” Hawn not only took it in stride, but upped the ante, inviting Russell out for some off-hours film prep, that would turn into quite the night to remember. 7. A First Date For The Books Hawn suggested that to help get into character on the set of Swing Shift, the two go swing dancing. Hangovers aside, Russell could only think of one place to take the film’s leading lady. The costars went dancing at The Playboy Club, but afterwards, they weren’t ready to call it a night. Getty/Time & Life Pictures Hawn suggested the pair keep the party going at her newly purchased, and otherwise empty home. Having misplaced her keys, the duo decided to break in. While getting into a little – ahem – monkey business, the police burst through to break up the reported burglars but what they found was something else entirely! The wild night marked the start of a wild romance not often seen in Hollywood. 8. Family Matters While the pair clearly had some undeniable chemistry, off set, what sealed the deal for Hawn was Russell’s on set behavior, but not with her – there were some other opinions that mattered far more. What did Goldie’s two tow-headed tots Oliver and Kate Hudson think of their mom’s new beau? Instagram/KateHudson “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.” Along with Russell’s son from his first marriage, the families meshed seamlessly. After getting the A-Okay from their kiddos, it wouldn’t be long before Hawn and Russell would make their partnership permanent, only not in the conventional way. 9. First Comes Love, Then Comes…Marriage? They say nothing binds two people together more than marriage…except for maybe pregnancy. Wyatt Russell, born July 10, 1986, joined older siblings Kate, Oliver and Boston, completing the blended Hawn-Russel family. Wyatt would bind the two together, regardless of weddings rings. HighlightHollywood.com And for anyone concerned that Wyatt might not have inherited his parents’ enviable lush locks, have no fear, he’s got Goldie’s golden tresses, in Kurt’s signature style. After the arrival of Wyatt, Goldie and Kurt were ready to dive back into Hollywood, and while fans were Overboard with excitement, they couldn’t help but wonder, what was keeping them from taking the plunge in their personal lives? 10. Overboard The pair filmed their third and final (for now) film together, Overboard (we’ll speak for everyone when we say we’d be happy to see these two on screen together again) and it was a critical and commercial success. No two ways about it, everyone’s favorite Hollywood couple had something special. MGM/Everett Collection Even after more than 20 years in the biz (as they say) Hollywood couldn’t get enough of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. With their careers already lasting longer than most, their relationship was proving to be stronger than we’ve come to expect of a Hollywood romance. How did these two get so lucky in their professional lives, and in love? And would their luck run out? 11. The Monotony of Monogamy At the height of their careers respectively, and with their family life going well, the two continued to defy expectations, remaining unmarried. While one might think that a relationship unbound by law might be harder to hold onto, Hawn and Russell had open minds about how to keep things interesting. Ron Galella Ltd/Getty Images Hawn would go on to admit, “Monogamy is a very tough order,” adding, “You’re in the prime of your life, you are attracted to other people, potentially you have fantasies about that.” And yet, despite their trust in one another as parents and partners, sometimes, jealousy can creep in, destroying even the strongest relationship. 12. Trouble In Paradise? In 2000, after rumors swirled about Kurt Russell and a massage parlor, rumors about a breakup between the formerly golden couple reached a fever pitch as Goldie Hawn was seen out and about with news anchorman Charles Glass. Uh oh… Ron Galella Ltd/Getty Images When it comes to acting on temptation outside their relationship Hawn had said, “It really runs the risk, if you will, if you’re not aware that you could maybe screw up a really good thing by doing that.” The pair would appear to be rock solid not long after the supposed rough patch, but in 2004, things were looking rocky once again. 13. Sudden Split? Despite reports that the two attended couples’ therapy, well, with Goldie Hawn taking off to India while Kurt Russell remained in Los Angeles, things weren’t looking too sweet for the sweethearts. We’re sure the constant running of the rumor mill didn’t help… Pinterest In India, Hawn was once again rumored to be dating someone other than Russell, this time, it was former cricket player/politician Imran Khan. And with that, the couple was largely believed to have split – again. However, the couple was back to making red carpet appearances together that very same year, looking more in love than ever. Did they formally split, or maybe it was a mutually agreed upon time out? 14. Open Minds, Open Hearts, and an Open Relationship? The couple have never said definitively whether they’ve split in the course of their more than 30 years partnership, or maybe it was an open relationship all along? We may never know, but Kurt and Goldie have both spoken fairly extensively on their more modern attitude on making it work without marriage. Manrepeller.com Hawn has made statements on temptation and forgiveness that are both revealing, and worth learning from. “I’m sure I’ve been party to it, and Kurt’s been – we’re all normal this way…There is, I guess, an elasticity to the relationship. Otherwise it’s going to break, just like a rubber band.” One person listening to Hawn’s advice? Daughter and actress Kate Hudson. What did she make of the situation? 15. Kate and Kurt Kate Hudson, who obviously has her mama’s “Giggly Girl” charm (and glossy golden hair, and bright blue eyes, and mega-watt smile, and the list goes on), seems to have won the parental lottery. Even though she’s kept the last name Hudson, Kate has made clear that she considers a different figure her father. Chris Polk/Getty Images Although Kurt Russell isn’t actually Kate Hudson’s father, biologically or adoptive, Hudson has long referred to him as “Pa” and speaks lovingly of her relationship with him. Despite any ups and downs between Russell and Hawn behind the scenes, for Kate, Russell was always there, even when her father wasn’t — in more ways than one. 16. Forgive and Forget In his 2011 tell-all, Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family, Bill Hudson has some, unfavorable (to put it mildly) things to say about his ex-wife and estranged daughter, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, but the mother-daughter duo don’t abide by that negativity. Lionsgate Having learned forgiveness from her mother, Kate’s made clear she’s above all the daddy drama. As she told Howard Stern, “I recognize whatever those issues are is something he has to live with. That must be painful for him and I forgive him.” According to Hawn and Hudson, there’s only one rule by which they live and love by. 17. Goldie’s Girl Kate Hudson has said that the best advice her mother ever passed onto her was, not to lose yourself to another person, but rather, “Be true to yourself.” And when it comes to being true to yourself, Hawn lives by example. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images Hawn believes, “Not every relationship works,” adding, “But you have to be who you are.” And for her, if she’s one thing, Goldie Hawn is independent, and that independence is the key. “Because it gives you the freedom to make decisions one way or the other. So for me, I chose to stay, Kurt chose to stay, and we like the choice.” Can two people have independence and be married? 18. No Marriage Necessary Per Goldie Hawn, if she’d married Kurt Russell the pair would’ve been long divorced, not long-lasting. And Kurt Russell has gone on record and agreed with his fairer half’s hot take. So, what’s kept them holding on as long as they have? Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage According to Hawn, “Basically, once you’ve done it once, once you’ve done it twice, you realize that marriage, or the act of marrying has nothing to do with success.” But after so many years together, we have to wonder, did the idea of marriage never come up? Turns out, there’s more than one reason these long-term lovebirds haven’t walked down the aisle. 19. Family Approval Despite each having walked down the aisle (and two of the three eventually getting divorced) when it comes to their mom and “pa”, Oliver Hudson, Kate Hudson and Wyatt Russell have some strong feelings on their parents’ marital status, or lack thereof. E!Online Hawn and Russell have said that their kids were against the idea of their parents making it official. The pair once polled their blonde brood of future actors, and they answered with a definitive “no.” As Kate has said, “I think what they have, in terms of connection, is really rare and beautiful and something to strive for.” Surely the opinions of a couple of kids didn’t seal the deal against sealing the deal? 20. Un-Wedded Bliss As if a desire for independence, and the unanimous vote of their children to stay unmarried isn’t reason enough to buck with tradition and skip a trip to the altar, Hawn has gone on record with none other than Oprah Winfrey herself to put the argument to rest once and for all. Ron Galella Ltd/Getty Images Speaking on Oprah‘s eponymous show, Goldie saying that she’d rather take all the money she’d spend on a lavish wedding and donate it to children in need. “Do I want to be in this relationship? Am I willing to give something…Any marriage, any ceremony, any ring will not define that truth.” But is that entirely true? 21. A Secret Ceremony? Despite never exchanging marriage vows, Goldie and Kurt did have a non-wedding ceremony. Additionally, Hawn has been seen wearing quite the dazzling diamond ring on a certain left hand finger. But don’t get any ideas, it’s not an engagement ring! Getty/Time & Life Pictures Even though the gossip mongers took a break from spreading the rumor that a breakup was imminent, the reports that the ring-finger sparkler symbolized the long-awaited wedding were wrong too. Goldie again set the record straight, “What is marriage going to do for us?” The defiantly non-traditional couple has a few more traditional tricks to keeping their relationship going all these years. 22. Life Partners Hawn has wisely stated that when two people have been together as long as she’s been with Kurt Russell it’s no longer about marriage. From movie roles, to parental roles, they’ve proven that a piece of paper doesn’t make two people life partners. Harper’s Bazaar Parenthood isn’t what makes the pair life partners either, rather, in Hawn’s words, “Being together, two pillars holding up the house and the roof, and being different, not having to agree on everything, learning how to deal with not agreeing.” And when two people are as different as Goldie and Kurt, learning how to deal with not agreeing must have come up often over the years. 23. Opposites Attract Did you know Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are actually a classic case of opposites attract? Although Hawn has said that their unofficial union is about “compatibility and communication,” outside of their shared love of acting, these two are actually surprisingly different. Imeh Akpanudosen/Stringer Kurt is still a die-hard sports fan, and also enjoys just about anything with a motor such as, racing cars, driving boats, and flying planes. Hawn on the other hand, has spent years cultivating her interest in Buddhism and meditation. Fast or slow, married or unmarried, at the end of the day, it isn’t about the differences, it’s about what brings them together. But what about their kids? 24. Family First Russell and Hawn know that when you tune out all the noise, there is one thing that matters above all else – family. The parents of four, and grandparents of six take their roles as heads of their family seriously, passing on their family first outlook to their offspring. Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images The photogenic family can be seen spending plenty of quality time together in their favorite ski spot, Aspen, Colorado, on vacation in Greece, and gracing us all with their happy faces on the red carpet. Of course, the famously loved up Hollywood legends have passed on the acting bug to their brood too. 25. Together Forever Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell don’t need a marriage license to be together forever, their side-by-side stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ensure that the silver screen legends will forever be remembered not just for their film and television work, but for their legendary and long-lasting relationship as well. Stewart Cook/Variety/REX/Shutterstock The two had a joint ceremony in honor of the stars, but it was Kurt Russell’s words to his golden girl Goldie that really stole the show. Speaking right to Hawn he said, “To you, I owe my wonderful life. Simply put Goldie, I cherish you and all the stars in the sky or on the boulevard can’t hold a candle to that.” Sources: harpersbazaar.com, people.com, huffingtonpost.com, vanityfair.com UP NEXT Gunsmoke: Top Facts Behind The Longest-Lived Show on Television... 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