Birth Name: Goldie Jeanne Hawn
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Date of Birth: November 21, 1945
*English, German (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Goldie Hawn is an American actress, director, singer, and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Cactus Flower (1969).
Goldie is the daughter of Laura (Steinhoff) and Edward Rutledge Hawn. Goldie’s father was of one quarter German and approximately three quarters English/British Isles ancestry. Goldie’s mother was Jewish, the daughter of Hungarian Jews. Goldie was raised in her mother’s Jewish faith. She has practiced some aspects of Buddhism, though she has said: “I was born Jewish, and I consider that my religion.”
Goldie is often reported to be a direct descendant of Edward Rutledge (1749-1800), a politician who was the youngest signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. This claim is not correct. Goldie’s “Rutledge” line leads back to a man named Joseph Rutledge (1744-1814), and Goldie is not a descendant of Edward Rutledge.
The Hawn surname traces back to Johannes Jacob Hahn, who was born, c. 1712, in Pfalz, Wurttemberg, Germany. Johannes and his wife, Agnes Langlin, moved to the U.S., where their son, Christian Hahn, was born, c. 1765, in North Carolina. Christian Hahn was Goldie Hawn’s great-great-great-great-grandfather.
Goldie’s paternal grandfather was Otto Delphia Hawn (the son of Aaron Madison Hawn and Nannie Ada Hevrin). Aaron was of German descent, and was the son of Alfred Hawn and Elizabeth Caroline Whitener. Nannie was the daughter of George W. Hevrin and Elizabeth Ann Green.
Goldie’s paternal grandmother was Claire Estelle Johnson (the daughter of Henry Spencer Johnson and Mary Frances Hall). Henry was the son of Henry H. Johnson and Mary L. Rutledge. Goldie’s great-grandmother Mary Frances was the daughter of William Roland Hall and Catherine Cole.
Goldie’s maternal grandparents were Michael/Max B. Steinhoff and Frances “Fanny/Fannie” Weiss (the daughter of Menachem Mendel Weiss and Esther Schwartz). Michael and Frances were Hungarian Jews. Menachem was the son of Eliezer Weiss and Eszter Klein. Goldie’s great-grandmother Esther Schwartz was the daughter of Ignatz Schwartz and Goldie.
Genealogy of Goldie Hawn (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://gw.geneanet.org
Goldie’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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