Profile of the enduring comedienne and movie star who became a sensation wearing a bikini and covered in counterculture slogans on the smash 60s TV hit, Laugh-In. But behind the ditzy Laugh-In persona, Hawn was a serious artist. She began taking ballet lessons at age 3, and by 18 she had started her own dance school after dropping out of college. She established herself as an A-list Hollywood star when she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Private Benjamin, and she was also hailed for her performances in The Sugarland Express, Shampoo, and The First Wives Club. She has also been a tabloid favorite thanks to her long relationship with Kurt Russell.