Goldie Hawn, who attended Montgomery Blair High School and American University before becoming a major star on the strength of the "Laugh-In" television program and such popular films as "Private Benjamin" and "Foul Play," has made the transition from hippie ding-a-ling to Hollywood mover-and-shaker through shrewd role choices and tough business acumen.
Now that acumen will be tested in a film based on an idea that Hawn was already chewing on four years ago when she was visiting here. At the time, she said, "I don't plan ahead much, but I do hope to do a movie about Washington soon. Should I tell you this? I mean, I'm not a writer or anything, but I have ideas. And since I grew up here, I know all about Washington. There's such an active social life, and you could make an interesting statement. I guess the star might be the chief of protocol? That's one of the craziest jobs there is."
That "interesting statement" has become a film called "Protocol," in which Hawn plays a protocol chief of sorts. As a cocktail waitress in a sleazy downtown D.C. club, she inadvertently saves the life of a foreign dignitary and is subsequently elevated to a position of power in the protocol division of an unidentified government agency.
The location filming was done here earlier this year under the direction of Herbert ("Footloose") Ross, from a script by Buck Henry (who co-directed "Heaven Can Wait" with Warren Beatty). The film is Hawn's first outing since "Swing Shift," which, despite lots of publicity, never swung a lot of people into the theater. And it's another chance for this native of Takoma Park to demonstrate that she's a force in the monied halls of Hollywood.