Thesp's tome centers on life's lessons learned

G.P. Putnam’s Sons has bought Goldie Hawn’s memoir, “A Lotus Grows in the Mud: Footprints of a Spiritual Life.”

The seven-figure world rights publishing deal comes as Hawn is shopping a feature film, “Ashes,” which she wrote with “Bulworth” co-screenwriter Jeremy Pikser.

“Lotus” is a spiritual book focusing on what the publisher calls Hawn’s “journey toward fulfillment — the lessons she learned in life and the wisdom she can now impart with the hope of inspiring others.” It will deal with her childhood, career in Hollywood, marriages and children.

“Ashes” portrays the spiritual odyssey of a woman confronting her own mortality. Produced under Hawn’s banner, Cosmic Entertainment/Clear Light, the pic will be partially shot in India. Hawn has already secured 30% of the financing through India’s Ramoji Film Studios and is shopping for a domestic partner.

Hawn told Daily Variety that while the film is a fictional feature, it covers some of the same themes as the memoir. “It’s about how we make choices in our lives,” Hawn said. “It will be told in a comedic but meaningful way.”

Both projects, she said, will chronicle the quest for joy.

“It’s like an orgasm,” Hawn said. “You never know when it’s going to come, and it’s always exciting. We need to understand how we get there.”

Hawn, who is repped by the Firm, rose to prominence as a “Laugh-In” cast member from 1968-70. She won an Oscar for her role in “Cactus Flower” in 1969, and was nominated again for 1980’s “Private Benjamin,” which she exec produced.

Hawn’s production shingle is developing various TV and film projects, including a series on divorce for FX.

Putnam will publish her memoir in 2004.

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