Goldie Hawn recalls the AIDS crisis: I would go visit guys and I’d get in bed with them just to be there with them’
Goldie Hawn was at the height of her movie career in the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic was killing so many gay men.
The star of such gay faves as Private Benjamin, The First Wives Club, Death Becomes Her and Overboard was not known as an outspoken AIDS activist but she quietly did her part.
‘You know what I used to do? This is interesting. When we went through the AIDS period, it was a very scary time, and I would go visit guys and I’d get in bed with them just to be there with them,’ Hawn tells PrideSource in an interview published today.
‘Oh, I just remember.’
The movie icon says she has had a gay following from the beginning of her career.
‘I think when I first came on – it started then. The early days. There wasn’t a moment in my career, never a moment. I was a dancer, and I grew up and that’s who I was. There was no issue. I mean, I had a tremendous amount of gay friends, so my whole life was basically like that while dancing.
‘So, I never noticed who was gay or who was straight. For me, it was like that.’
Hawn, 70, gained fame in 1968 on the TV series Laugh-In and won an Oscar the next year for her performance in Cactus Flower.
She is making a movie comeback in the comedy Snatched, her first film since 2005′s The Banger Sisters.
Hawn is the mother of actress Kate Hudson and actors Oliver Hudson and Wyatt Russell.