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c. 1968

Goldie Hawn’s graffiti bikini

As part of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

Here we have a 23-year-old Goldie Hawn, in not one but two graffitied bikinis, as part of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.

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Blessed with a fantastic real name (after her Great Aunt Goldie, and her father, Thomas Hawn), Goldie Hawn had made her very first on-stage appearance just four years previously, as Juliet, in a Shakespeare festival.

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That same year, she had also danced as a professional for the first time in the Can-Can; this was at the Texas Pavilion of the New York World’s Fair. For the following few years, Hawn’s career consisted of dancing for a living in New York and California.

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But in 1968, after being cast in a short-lived sitcom, she then won a place in the ensemble cast of NBC sketch comedy program Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Her fate was sealed: The position and her giggly persona propelled Hawn to fame — she was presented as a caricature blonde, and yet she also won an Academy Award for her first major screen role, in the 1970 film Cactus Flower.

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Here she is seen sporting a range of slogans from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, applied by graphic artist, Art Trugman.

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