Goldie Hawn Recalls Sexual Harassment On The Casting Couch

Jessica Wakeman | January 18, 2012 - 9:20 am

“I go to this big Park Avenue apartment; I’ve never been in so much wealth … He [writer Al Capp] thunders through the door … and he said, ‘Well I’m going to slip into something more comfortable.’ And something went off in my brain like, ‘More comfortable? OK, well I guess that means he’s going to go in and take off his raincoat.’ So he comes in in a dressing gown and he sits down on the couch and I’m thinking, ‘This isn’t looking too good.’ … He opened up his dressing gown and I looked at it. … It was scary. I said, ‘Mr. Capp I will never get a job like this.’ And he said to me, ‘Oh, I’ve had them all.’ And I said, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter, but I’ll never do this,’ and he said, ‘Well, you’re never going to get anywhere in this business, you should go home and marry a Jewish dentist.’ And I started to cry and I said, ‘Well maybe I will.’ … [Years later] I was able to send Mr. Capp a telegram. I was doing ‘Laugh-In’ at the time, so I was pretty established … and I said, ‘Well congratulations, I guess I didn’t have to marry a Jewish dentist after all.'”

Goldie Hawn opens up to Oprah (of course) about being 19 years old and propositioned on the casting couch by TV writer/humorist/cartoonist Al Capp. She apparently was approached walking down a New York Street by a casting director who set up a meeting with Capp — but upon arriving at the meeting, she realized Capp was asking for some quid pro quo. Props to Goldie for not giving in or ditching her dreams entirely after being sexually harassed. I feel sorry for all the other actresses this creep supposedly bedded (if he was not, in fact, bullshitting that part). [ Starpulse]