Hawn and Sarandon, who each have won an Academy award, play self-proclaimed belles of the rock 'n' roll ball who were regularly on the arms of every music legend of their time and thus earned their most appropriate nickname, "The Banger Sisters." They reunite two decades after ending their wild times together and find that though much has changed, much has also stayed the same.
Hawn says of their on-screen friendship, "The chemistry is sometimes hostile and in conflict, because they've gone in different directions. Lavinia is one way and Suzette's another way, and they rub each other the wrong way." She describes her character as "a pot stirrer...definitely…I kind of look at her like a Molotov Cocktail. Throw her in anything and watch what happens, because it's a lot of fun."
Sarandon and Hawn did not know each other well before this project and Sarandon admits the opportunity to work with Hawn was on of the reasons she signed on, "I've always been a fan and I thought the two of us would get along."
Hawn says she enlisted her daughter to help research her character Suzette. Hudson won an academy award nomination for playing a groupie in "Almost Famous." Off-screen, Hudson is married to rocker Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes.
"Kate herself was a wealth of knowledge since she did so much research. So many of these groupies were so different, that I couldn't just base her on one person. I got a lot from Pamela Des Barres and her book, but Kate did a lot of research and was a wealth of knowledge for me. It was so gratifying for me to have my daughter as a teacher."
Hawn's career has lasted almost 40 years, and many of her biggest successes came early. Her first TV series "Laugh-In," was one of the biggest of all time, and she took home an Oscar for one of her first films, "Cactus Flower."
Hawn's is not the only big opening in the family this weekend, Hudson stars as Heath Ledger's love interest in "Four Feathers."
Facts About Goldie Hawn
- 1945:Born Goldie Jean Hawn in Washington, DC on Nov. 21.
- 1948: Began taking ballet and tap dance lessons at age 3
- 1955: Danced in chorus of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production of "The Nutcracker" at age 10
- 1961: Stage debut at age 16, playing Juliet in a Virginia Stage Company production of "Romeo and Juliet" in Williamsburg, Va.
- 1962: Ran her own ballet school by age 17; also instructed
- 1963: Dropped out of college at age 18
- 1964: Professional dancing debut in "Can-Can" at the Texas Pavilion of the New York World's Fair
- 1965: Began working as a professional dancer, including being a go-go dancer in New York; Performed as a singer/dancer in New York revivals of "Guys and Dolls" and "Kiss Me,Kate"
- 1967: Landed a job dancing in the chorus on an Andy Griffith TV special; signed to an agency after an agent saw her work
- 1967-1968: TV series debut, played the gossiping neighbor Sandy on CBS sitcom, "Good Morning, World"
- 1968: Billed as Goldy Jeanne Hawn, made film debut as dancer playing "Giggly Girl"; won a bit part in the Disney period family musical "The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band"; met future companion Kurt Russell, then a juvenile lead
- 1968-1970: Gained fame and two Emmy nods as a featured comedienne on NBC's "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
- 1969: Breakthrough feature role, played kooky Greenwich Village sales girl Toni Simmons opposite Walter Matthau in "Cactus Flower"; won Oscar for Best Supporting Actress
- 1970: Hosted first TV special, "Pure Goldie", on NBC
- 1971: First non-comedy role, co-starred with Warren Beatty in "$", a caper film
- 1974: Gave her strongest dramatic performance as a delinquent mother trying to retrieve her child in Steven Spielberg's feature directorial bow, "The Sugarland Express"
- 1978: Hosted "The Goldie Hawn Special" on CBS
- 1980: Made the first of nine (as of 1996) visits to India
- 1980: Co-hosted CBS variety special "Goldie and Liza Together" with Liza Minnelli
- 1980: Feature producing debut, executive produced "Private Benjamin" (also starred); nominated for Best Actress Oscar
- 1982: TV producing debut, "Goldie and Kids. . . Listen to Us", an ABC variety special (also hosted and performed songs)
- 1987: Served as a host on "The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation"
- 1990: Co-starred on the ABC variety special "An Evening With Bette, Cher, Goldie, Meryl, Olivia, Lily and Robin", a benefit for "Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet"
- 1992: Replaced Meg Ryan as star of "Housesitter" opposite Steve Martin
- 1995: Executive produced "Something to Talk About", a romantic comedy-drama vehicle for Julia Roberts co-starring Dennis Quaid, Robert Duvall, Gena Rowlands and Kyra Sedgwick
- 1996: Played herself in the PBS documentary special "In the Wild: The Elephants of India With Goldie Hawn"
- 1996: Staged a successful "comeback" with Bette Midler and Diane Keaton in the hit comedy "The First Wives Club"
- 1997: Directorial debut, the TNT TV-movie "Hope"
- 1999: Reteamed with Steve Martin for a remake of "The Out-of-Towners"
- 2001: Starred alongside Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty in the long-aborning "Town & Country", considered one of biggest box office disappointments of the ; Served as an executive producer of the ABC movie "When Billie Beat Bobby"
- 2002: Was executive producer of "The Matthew Shepard Story" (NBC)