With her trademark effervescent humor, Goldie tells us about the lessons she's learned and the wisdom she feels she's been given in the hope of giving something back. Not a Hollywood "tell-all", A Lotus Grows in the Mud is a very personal look at moments private and powerful: her delight in her father's spirited spontaneity; the confidence instilled in her by her mother; the unexpected gifts of comfort from strangers many miles from home; and the joy of being a daughter, a sister, a lover, and a parent. This memoir is Goldie's chance to talk about everything from anger and fear to love, compassion, integrity, and friendship, to the importance of family and the challenges of show business.
Goldie writes about her younger self, the little girl who felt like an ugly duckling, and growing up in suburbia dreaming of becoming a ballerina. She takes us on a tour of her go-go dancing years in New York in the 60s, her phenomenal success on TV's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and then on to the world of Hollywood stardom and such memorable films as the Oscar-winning Cactus Flower, Swing Shift, and Private Benjamin.
A Lotus Grows in the Mud speaks of her relationship with her family: her partner, Kurt Russell; her children, Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, Wyatt Russell, and her stepson, Boston Russell; her growing faith; her curiosity for that which she doesn't yet know; and her unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding. Most of all, it is a trip back through a life well lived by a woman well loved.
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Aside from a few flicks here and there I had no idea who Goldie Hawn was before I read this book. I just knew I have always been a fan of her movies. She is a dynamic individual who faught hard for her place in Hollywood. And frankly I had no idea what a really big success she is till I listened to this book.
This book gets so incredibly deep and revealing. Goldie really shares her true self in this book. Some of the intimite details of the events of her life were painted so vividly. And her voice is so sweet and soothing. From this AudioBook I really got a feeling for who she is as a person and it made me respect her so much for all she has been through and triumphed through. She has such a strong spirit and a heart of Gold ... just like her name, Goldie.
I truly did fall in love with Goldie Hawn when listening to this AudioBook.
I highly recommend this AudioBook.
I loved listening to Goldie Hawn read her book. Her voice is soothing, and exudes an easy happiness even during the troubled times in her past. I've never realized how amazing a woman she is, with quiet strength and courage. I absolutely loved the memoir!!
Very interesting biography of Goldie Hawn. If you want to get into the world of this wonderful person, it is a 'must' first listen :) Highly Recommended for all Goldie fans !
I enjoyed this. Not quite as good as Jane Fonda's, but of course one would expect Goldie's to be quite different from Jane's. I respect both women and loved to hear their points of view. Plus, it's nostalgic.
One of Hawn's unstated messages is "don't judge a book by its cover," which is apparently what Diane Sawyer did recently when she conducted a patronizing interview of Hawn about this book. According to what I've read, Sawyer lead a rather silly interview and asked Hawn at the end "you say you always learned from your father that you can always learn something out of anything--what have you learned from this interview? Hawn: I've learned it's the shortest interview in the history of the world."
When I began the book, I thought it might be very much like the typical roles she has played: kind of ditzy. At first, she narrates very much like that as she tells her tale. But as she subtly points out, the creator of Laugh-In once called her "dumb as a fox." The book is read (though not immediately apparent) as a series of memories, rather like picking up a photo and telling you its story. The book is then punctuated by the lessons and impact it has had on Hawn's life, read by a very different and more serious Hawn. As a result, the book does tend to skip back and forth at times (at one moment she's married to her second husband then is pregant with her third husband's child); it can take a few moments to figure out what is going on.
The more I read, the more I couldn't put it down. I found myself taken with the author and her story and for her nuggets of wisdom. They are, in some cases, old chestnuts, but Hawn elaborates about why things are important. What you find is far from the image that is often conveyed and instead a very savvy business woman, who, perhaps unexpectedly for her profession puts her role as a daughter, sister, woman, partner and most of all as a mother before everything else in her life.
Whether the audio book was intended to be as it is or whether it is a product of the abridgement is unclear. It's a good read, but the abridgement makes me withhold the fifth star. Abridgment is largely for Tom Clancy novels.
I'm not a big Goldie Hawn fan, but this book was surprisingly good. Ms. Hawn's honesty with herself and her readers is refreshing. I was also surprised about the spiritual aspects of the book.
Strength: Ms. Hawn has a great capacity for love and thankfulness for the people in her life. I found it heartwarming.
Weakness: Ms. Hawn does not follow chronological order, leaving me a bit confused a few times. However this may be due to the fact that this is an abridged version of her book.
Recording: Ms. Hawn narrates this book herself, giving the recording an intimate feeling.
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